Launched this summer in the United States on HBO Max, the new version of “Gossip Girl”, which is as much a sequel as a reboot, arrives today in France on Warner TV. Without Blair, Serena, Dan, or Chuck, does this series still have teeth?
What is it about ?
Nine years after the closure of the Gossip Girl blog, a new group of posh high school students from the Upper East Side of New York find themselves targeted on social networks by the anonymous blogger, determined to reveal all their secrets.
Gossip Girl, developed by Joshua Safran from the original series broadcast between 2007 and 2012 on The CW.
With Jordan Alexander, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Emily Alyn Lind, Tavi Gevinson, Evan Mock, …
Every Tuesday at 8:55 p.m. on Warner TV at the rate of two episodes per week. 6 episodes seen out of 12.
Well worth a look ?
Cult for a whole generation, which was passionate about the adventures of Blair, Serena, Nate, Dan, Chuck, and Jenny at the end of the 2000s on TF1, or discovered it later in full on Netflix, Gossip Girl did she really need a reboot? Probably not. But in the era of remakes and other revisits of all kinds, from Charmed to Roswell, including The 4400 most recently, the return of the most formidable anonymous blogger on the small screen was certainly inevitable.
Headed by Joshua Safran (Quantico), who was already one of the writers and main executive producers of the original series, this Gossip Girl 2021 brings us back to New York, on the steps of the MET, almost ten years after the end of the shenanigans of Dan Humphrey, as a new gang of posh Upper East Side high school students becomes the target of a new Gossip Girl, who is now rampant through an overly informed Instagram account.
The pilot’s plot begins when Zoya Lott (Whitney Peak), a 14-year-old from Buffalo who won a scholarship, joins the private high school of Constance Billard (whom fans know well) and reunites with her stepsister. , Julien Calloway (Jordan Alexander), star influencer and school “queen bee”, whom she never knew because their respective fathers hate each other.
And while Julien seems ready to integrate Zoya into his social circle, composed of her boyfriend Obie (Eli Brown), the couple Audrey-Aki, or Max Wolfe (Thomas Doherty), who has nothing to envy at Chuck Bass, obviously not everything will go as planned. And rivalries will arise, or reappear, drama obliges. But unfortunately, all that is sorely lacking for the moment.
And the heroes of this reboot, who struggle to hide that they are reworked versions of the heroes of the original series – Audrey is the new Blair, Julien the new Serena, and Obie a mix between Nate and Dan – just remind us of what dot Leighton Meester, Blake Lively, or Penn Badgley are missing from this reboot in the form of a sequel, which mentions their characters on a few occasions without them ever appearing on screen. At least for the moment.
More diverse in the characters it stages and in the sexualities portrayed throughout the episodes – where the original series was almost exclusively white and heterosexual – this new version of Gossip Girl also misses its subject somewhat, so much it does nothing about the social disparities that exist in New York, especially in America today (after all Zoya is supposed to be the new Jenny / Dan Humphrey, foreign to this universe of money and glitter).
She also mentions the Covid and then immediately forgets it. And struggles to fully fit into the current era, beyond an effective soundtrack punctuated by the hits of Billie Eilish or Ariana Grande. As so little had changed since 2012, except the domination of social networks. A somewhat surprising observation from Joshua Safran and the HBO Max platform.
Fortunately, even if the first episode turns out to be quite laborious and far too nice, everything is not missed in this reboot which has the good idea to offer a major twist compared to the series that preceded it: the identity of Gossip Girl is revealed early on and is therefore no mystery to the viewer. A good way to reshuffle the cards, not make the same mistakes, and take an interest in the consequences that such shenanigans and cheap shots can have on the person or people behind the dreaded Insta account. What had never been able to be explored with Dan.
In addition, over the course of the episodes, some characters manage to gain in depth and ultimately prove to be quite endearing. Like Julien, more complex than one might think, Max, who could well be the …