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Gossip Girl (TV series)

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Gossip Girl is an American television show inspired by the popular novel series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series revolves around the lives of socialite teenagers growing up on New York City's Upper East Side who attend elite academic institutions while dealing with sex, drugs, jealousy, and other issues.

Each episode is narrated by omniscient yet unseen narrator "Gossip Girl" (voiced by Kristen Bell). Most of the main characters are private high school students, primarily consisting of Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen), Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) and Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr), although Vanessa does not attend a private school. Their family members and other recurring characters play supporting roles in the series.

The series first aired on September 18, 2007 in Canada on CTV before premiering in the U.S. a day later on The CW. The show received the first full season order of 18 episodes of the 2007/2008 television season of the five major broadcast networks in October 2007. Following the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, Gossip Girl returned on Monday, April 21, 2008 to close the first season. In March 2008, The CW renewed Gossip Girl for a second season, which began on Labor Day of 2008.

Serena van der Woodsen unexpectedly returns to New York from her mysterious absence to a boarding school in Connecticut. She is initially unwelcome by her best friend Blair Waldorf, who was perplexed by the lack of contact during Serena's absence, and has assumed the position as queen bee of the Constance Billard junior class. Having discovered that her longtime boyfriend Nate Archibald slept with Serena a year before, Blair is unwilling to continue their friendship. Serena then meets the outsider Dan Humphrey and begins a relationship with him. At the same time Dan's father Rufus and Serena's mother Lily rekindle their past relationship. Because of Blair's wrongful public defamation of Serena and the realization that Eric van der Woodsen had attempted suicide and was receiving treatment, Serena and Blair mend their friendship.

While Dan is adamant about keeping a distance from the upper east side, his sister Jenny desperately attempts to fit in, performing menial tasks in order to fit be a part of high society. Despite Blair's attempts to rectify and mend her relationship with Nate, it slowly begins to fail. When their relationship ends, Blair sleeps with Chuck Bass, a womanizer and Nate's best friend. Chuck eventually develops feelings for Blair and resolves to prevent her from reviving her relationship with Nate by threatening to tell him of their shared intimacy. Throughout the year, Serena and Dan's relationship is continually tested by the elite class and the return of his best friend Vanessa Abrams. Yet, despite such problematic situations, their relationship grows stronger. During a date, Serena tells Dan that Blair has slept with Chuck and Nate within the same week because of a pregnancy scare that Blair has and Jenny overhears this. Her desire to become a part of the upper east side coupled with her hatred of Blair's belittlement compels her to tell Nate of Blair's transgressions.

Nate then publicly confronts Chuck while the entire school watches, destroying Blair's reputation as being perfect and 'dethroning' her as the queen bee. In Blair's absence, Jenny begins to ascend the ranks at Constance Billard but is later defaced by Blair through Gossip Girl. The closing of Junior year is accompanied by Serena and Dan's relationship beginning to erode. Georgina Sparks returns to the upper east side, wanting her and Serena to restart their friendship. Serena is unwilling to and Georgina meets Dan under the alias of Sarah. She then befriends Dan and Vanessa, later threatening to reveal Serena's sordid past. Serena then tells Blair, Chuck, Nate and later Dan about Georgina Sparks and her past and why she left New York for boarding school. Although they attempt to fix their relationship, Dan and Serena break up at Bass wedding.

On August 4, 2008, the first Gossip Girl web series, "Tales from the Upper East Side," debuted. The series of online-only animated videos introduces a mystery involving one of the secondary characters (Isabel, Penelope, Hazel and Elise) as a scandal arises in Manhattan. Part one, "Sinning in the Rain," premiered Monday, August 4th 2008, with new episodes being released on subsequent Mondays.

The series span from spring break to Asher's party. In the first episode Kati and Isabel decide to video chat after Kati reveals she is going back to Israel, then the girls get a message from Gossip Girl, showing a girl making out with two guys. The second episode deals with the girls being in the Aspen, while Jenny has found a cute teacher, the girls go to a sauna when the Gossip Girl reveals a 3rd make-out. Isabel reveals she was videochatting heavily with Kati when the scandal happened while the girls are shocked by the lesbian innuendo. She then slips and breaks her arm. In the third episode, the girls are working for the SAT when Gossip Girl reveals a 4th make-out. Penelope reveals she was stalking Nate during the scandal. The day of Asher's party, in the 4th episode, Gossip Girl reveals a 5th make-out. Elise reveals she was taking care of Penelope's laundry, leaving Hazel as the obvious culprit. Nelly Yuki tells the girls that she is in Central Park. When they get there, Hazel states she won't hide anymore, she is in love and the 5 guys (two baseball players, a trumpettist, a freshman and a man in the library) are one and the same. Disappointed all the girls go back to what they were doing when the scandal happened.

The season starts off with its first couple of episodes with everyone in the Hamptons, wrapping up their summer holidays. Serena and Nate had spent the summer mostly together because the two lead a "pretend" relationship as a cover-up for Nate's affair with Catherine Mason (Mädchen Amick), who is a married woman who seduces Nate. It is revealed later in the season that Catherine is also the step-mother of Blair Waldorf's new love interest, Marcus (Patrick Heusinger). Even though Blair is now with Marcus, who reveals himself to be a rich English Lord, Chuck regrets losing her over the summer, and becomes friends with Marcus in order to win Blair's heart back.

Serena meets an old acquittance of hers, Aaron Rose (guest star John Patrick Amedori), and Eleanor meets Aaron's father, Cyrus, and they begin to date. Frustrated with Bart, Lily and Rufus tell each other at the ball that they still have feelings for each other. Chuck overhears and calls his father, telling him to come immediately to the dance. Bart's limousine is involved in an accident on the way, and he dies. Cyrus proposes to Eleanor, and she accepts, and Aaron and Serena break up.

Lily's mother reveals that Lily and Rufus had a child, although Rufus does not know. Rufus and Lily go off together on a search for their son, and Rufus tells Dan about his sibling, but asks him to let Lily tell Serena when she finds it best, and Dan and Serena date once again. Rufus and Lily meet with the adoptive parents of their son, who lie and inform them that he is dead. Serena learns that she and Dan share a sibling via Gossip Girl.

Chuck's uncle Jack Bass (guest star Desmond Harrington) returns and tells Blair he will now take care of him, much to Blair's annoyance. Chuck inherits his father's fortune as well as 51% share of Bass Industries. The Bass Industries chair people witness Chuck in his father's office with a group of prostitutes, and give the company to Jack. Chuck asks Lily for her help, and she adopts Chuck to become his legal guardian, making her the owner of Bass Industries.

Dan and Serena are accepted are accepted to Yale, but Blair is wait-listed. Serena learns that if she turns down Yale, Blair will be accepted. Blair, unaware Serena has been accepted to Yale, plots revenge on a new, young teacher, Ms. Carr, who has given her a B. When Serena learns this, she reveals to Blair that she has passed on Yale, and that Blair will be accepted. Blair invites the teacher, Ms Carr, to the opera as a prank. Blair learns that Ms Carr has informed the headmistress of the prank. The headmistress informs Blair her acceptance to Yale is suspended, and she now has detention. Blair declares war on Ms. Carr. Blair sends a rumor to Gossip girl saying that Dan and Ms. Carr are in a relationship. Serena becomes suspicious. Blair is discovered to be the rumor's creator, when one of her friends confesses to the headmistress, and Blair is expelled.

Serena sees Dan and Ms. Carr in a coffee shop together, and sees Dan intimately comforting Ms. Carr. Serena captures a photo where it is displayed at a PTA meeting, and Ms. Carr is fired and Blair is readmitted to Constance Billard. Dan defends himself, but he and Serena break up. Serena admits to Ms. Carr that she was the one to take the photo. Dan later visits Ms. Carr, where the two kiss and have sex. Meanwhile, the headmistress decides to give Ms. Carr her job back, afraid of a lawsuit.

Chuck is mistakenly invited to a cult by a mistress in place of his father.

On February 25, 2009 The CW renewed Gossip Girl for a Third Season. With a premiere date of August 31, 2009.

The project was originally intended to be adapted into a film by Warner Bros. The film never went into production and was ultimately shelved. Later, the series was set again to be re-adapted, but for a TV series for FOX rather than a movie. This project was again cancelled. The novel series was then again reconsidered for adaptation for television on The CW by Alloy Entertainment. Development of the show began in January 2005 when The CW gave it a put pilot commitment, with Josh Schwartz on board to create, head write, and executive produce. In January 2007, the network gave the greenlight for the pilot order and it was confirmed that Schwartz's fellow scribe on The O.C., Stephanie Savage, had co-written it with him. Mark Piznarski (Veronica Mars) directed the first two hours of the series. The network gave the series an early pick-up and a thirteen-episode order on May 15, 2007.

Transcenders (Brian Lapin, Terence Yoshiaki and Mike Fratantuno) write the score for the show. They also wrote and recorded the music for Lincoln Hawk, Rufus Humphrey's fictitious band.

Originally scheduled to air on September 26, 2007, the premiere was moved up a week earlier as announced during the 2007 Television Critics Association summer press tour. As a result of this, the previously planned two-hour ninth season premiere of America's Next Top Model was edited to one hour. The pilot was provided as a free download at the iTunes Store on September 14, 2007. The first season of Gossip Girl made its television debut on CTV in Canada on September 18, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. whilst The CW, the original broadcast network of the show, aired the pilot a day later at 9:00 p.m. E/P. In Australia, Gossip girl premiered on the subscription channel FOX8 on December 4, 2007 at 8:30pm, and on the timeshift channel at 10:30pm.

The Writers Strike caused the series to be pulled off the air from the months of January to April. During the strike The CW re-aired the first 13 episodes hopefully leading up to the return of the series. After the strike ended, it was later announced that the series would return April 21, 2008, with five new episodes.

In June 2008 rumors surfaced about a possible spin-off based around the character Jenny Humphrey, based on the book series The It Girl, but Head Writer Josh Schwartz denied the claims, saying that there was nothing in development.

Schwartz and Savage are proceeding with a spinoff that will serve as a prequel to the sophomore drama and chronicle the wild teen years of Lily van der Woodsen in L.A. in the 1980s. The network has ordered a backdoor pilot for the project, which will air on May 11, 2009. The 1980s world will be introduced in flashbacks tied to the episode's story line of Lily and her daughter Serena wrestling with a problem, Schwartz said. The spinoff is based on an original idea by Schwartz and Savage, who will exec produce it with Bob Levy and Leslie Morgenstein. Mark Piznarski is on tap to direct the spinoff.

The spinoff will outline the events that occured between Lily and Rufus in their teen years. This will show the beginning of their relationship, including how they met, and their mysterious first child.

On April 11, 2008, 10 days before they returned from their mid-season hiatus, which was extended by the Writers Strike, the controversial "OMFGG" ad-campaign was unveiled. These ads featured provocative images of the cast with the acronym "OMFGG" stamped across them in bold. In a smaller size below "April 21" was written, the premier dated of the final five episodes of season one.

In July 2008, ads for the second season of the critically acclaimed show began appearing. In accordance with their predecessors these ads again featured provocative images of the show's stars and the now infamous "OMFGG" acronym in bold. These ads, however, were even more controversial than the last. In one ad, Leighton Meester, who stars as Blair in the show, was seen making out with someone while topless in a pool. Many people who were appalled by this image were further enraged when one media outlet pointed out that in the original image, taken from the first season episode entitled "School Lies", Leighton Meester was wearing a top, which was edited out for a greater shock value.

Featuring nine regular speaking roles, the majority of the ensemble cast was assembled from February to April 2007. Blake Lively and Leighton Meester were the first two actresses to be chosen in February for the lead roles of Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf respectively. Penn Badgley, Taylor Momsen, Chace Crawford, Kelly Rutherford, Connor Paolo and Florencia Lozano also auditioned successfully and landed roles in the series in March, as Dan Humphrey, Jenny Humphrey, Nate (Nathaniel) Archibald, Lily Van der Woodsen, Eric Van der Woodsen, and the original Eleanor Waldorf, respectively. Actors for the roles of Chuck Bass and Rufus Humphrey were found in April when Ed Westwick and Matthew Settle were cast. As rumors swirled about the impending cancellation of Veronica Mars, it was revealed at The CW's 2007 Upfronts on May 17, 2007 that Kristen Bell had narrated the pilot, thus making her the title character of another show on the network. Further additions to the cast included Jessica Szohr who joined the show in September 2007 as Vanessa Abrams.

The series is narrated through the eyes of the seemingly omniscient yet unseen character called "Gossip Girl" (voiced by Kristen Bell), an inconspicuous person who runs a popular gossip commentary blog which holds the attention of all major characters on the show as she brings up-to-the-minute talk about the opulent, elite Upper East Side social scene. Leighton Meester portrays Blair Waldorf, the Queen Bee who has a strained relationship with her best friend Serena van der Woodsen (played by Blake Lively). Serena is the former It girl that suspiciously left Manhattan for a self-imposed stint at boarding school before the beginning of the first season.

Although Blair was hurt by her best friend's departure, she relishes her new position as the Queen Bee in their circle of friends, along with her boyfriend, Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), though she is blissfully unaware of Nate's involvement in Serena's sudden departure. All is not well in Blair's household, however—her father left her mother for a male model, Roman, (who worked for Eleanor Waldorf), further straining Blair and her mother's already tense relationship.

Nate leads an angst-filled life and struggles with pressure from his parents to attend Dartmouth College. Additionally, his father has a crippling cocaine addiction as his mother remains in denial about the problems in their perfect world. Nate also feels trapped in his relationship with Blair Waldorf, as he is in love with Serena and slept with her directly before she left.

Fueling Nate's demons is his childhood friend, Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick). Cynical and possessing a lax sense of morality, Chuck walks on the wild side of life and is not above abusing others to service his own needs. However, Chuck does retain a soft spot for his best friend Nate and for Blair, who is just as manipulative as Chuck. Later in the season, Chuck realizes he has romantic feelings for Blair.

When Serena returns from her self-imposed exile (as first reported by "Gossip Girl"), she finds herself excluded from her old crowd after her former betrayals come to light but she soon finds an ally in Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), an outsider in her privileged world. Thrust into a society where their financial and social status do not match that of their peers by their former rock star father turned art gallery owner, Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Settle), Dan and his younger sister Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) struggle to find a niche in their new environment. Rufus is struggling to reconcile with his estranged wife and also has a secret history with Serena's mother, socialite Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford), who was once a groupie. Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr) is Dan's best friend, who was secretly in love with him for a time. She was added as a main cast member after the end of the writers' strike and became Nate Archibald's new love interest. Vanessa also appears in season 2 as Nate's love interest.

The show is also awash with secondary characters such as Isabel Coates (played by Nicole Fiscella) and Kati Farkas (Nan Zhang), the loyal deputies of Blair who are nonetheless in awe of Serena. During the second part of the first season, other members of their clan were introduced: Elise Wells (Emma Demar), Hazel Williams (Dreama Walker), Penelope Shafai (Amanda Setton), while Nan Zhang left the show. Blair sabotages her over-achieving academic rival, Nelly Yuki (Yin Chang), and quickly becomes the mean queen again after using her minions to enforce the plot against Nelly Yuki. Later on, Nelly Yuki joins the clan without realizing what Blair did to her. In the second season, Emma Demar was released from the show while Nicole Fiscella, Yin Chang, Dreama Walker and Amanda Setton, were asked to return. Other important recurring characters in the series are Eleanor Waldorf (played by Florencia Lozano in the pilot episode, then by Margaret Colin afterward), Blair's fashion designer mother; Howie "The Captain" Archibald (Sam Robards), Nate's strict and cocaine-addicted father; Serena's troubled younger brother, Eric van der Woodsen (Connor Paolo), whose problems finally incite her to come home; and Bart Bass (Robert John Burke), Chuck's father. During the second part of the first season, former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Michelle Trachtenberg was cast as Georgina Sparks, a ghost from Serena's troubled party past. Creator Josh Schwartz gave Willa Holland, who had previously worked with him on The O.C., a three-episode stint in Season 2 of Gossip Girl. Holland played Agnes, a 16-year-old model working for Eleanor Waldorf, who creates havoc with Taylor Momsen's character Jenny Humphrey. In the second season, John Patrick Amedori was brought on as Aaron Rose, an artist and a love-interest for Serena; due to cool reception by fans, his character was soon dispatched with. On the other hand, his on-screen father Cyrus Rose (played by Wallace Shawn) is assumed to remain a recurring character, as he became engaged to (and subsequently married) Blair's mother.

The first episode of the show was watched by 3.65 million viewers, coming in last place in its 9:00 p.m. timeslot on Wednesday nights. Despite this, the show was noted to have held the best audience retention of America's Next Top Model in spite of a decline of 30% in the advertiser-craved 18-49 demographic and in total viewers. The show wasn't able to cling to its viewers in its second outing, however, losing more than half of ANTM's audience and 22% of its own debut numbers in the face of strong competition from other shows such as ABC's Private Practice and NBC's Bionic Woman each of which made impressive debuts that night. The eleventh episode of the first season marked the lowest rating to a date with only 1.80 million viewers, but ratings steadily increased leading up to the finale. In its second season, Gossip Girl has neared and on one occasion exceeded the viewership of its series debut.

Gossip Girl averaged 2.61 million viewers for each new episode of its first season. (Ratings for the Gossip Girl: Revealed special were not factored into the season average.) The episodes of the second season have thus far (as of January 6th , 2009) averaged 3.19 million viewers.

The episodes of the second season have thus far (as of February 2nd , 2009) averaged 3.1 million viewers.

The second season premiere scored 3.38 million viewers and a 1.7/5 among adults 18-49, this made the second season premiere the most rated hour ever in the demo for a Monday night on The CW. On September 15 2008, Gossip Girl pulled in a series high of 3.73 million viewers, it also scored it's highest ever demo ratings with 2.8/6 among 18-34 and 2.0/5 among 18-49 year olds.

When ranked by time spent per viewer in December 2008, CWTV.com’s Gossip Girl drew 140.0 minutes per viewer.

Before the series officially made its debut on air, the first episode was made available as a free download on iTunes.

With its initial struggle for ratings, The CW entertainment's president Dawn Ostroff alluded to the fact that strong sales on iTunes was a deciding factor in the series being picked up for a full season.

Gossip Girl initially received positive reviews. Due to the show's pedigree as an adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel series, the show was considered to be one of the more anticipated new shows of the 2007-2008 television season. An August 2007 survey by OTX, a global media research and consulting firm, placed the show on the list of top ten new shows that viewers were aware of. Though the pilot was the recipient of positive reviews from publications such as Variety, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and the Boston Globe, other reviewers described it as a guilty pleasure rather than an hour's worth of must-watch television. Metacritic gave it a score of 54, based on the reviews of 26 different publications. However, author Cecily von Ziegesar has expressed support for the show, noting that all of her major plot points were present in the pilot. The Parents Television Council has shown particular criticism of the series, especially with its "OMFG" ad campaign from April 2008. It also named the episode "Victor/Victrola" the worst television program of the week in which the episode originally was broadcast. These critical reviews are now on new Season 2 advertisements, featuring the San Diego Union-Tribune, Parents Television Council, New York Post and the Boston Herald.

The Hartford Courant chronicled a variety of negative responses to the ads.

As the show continued its first season, the response become considerably more positive, and by the second season critical response was favorable. Metacritic gave the new season an improved score of 71. "Summer's been good to this girl," claimed Entertainment Weekly, who awarded the series its highest grade of "A." The New York Daily News claimed the show had found its footing by stating "It knows exactly what it wants and needs its new hybrid product to be. The hockey fights video of teen romance drama." The Boston Globe called the new season "dishy, farcical and funny." Gossip Girl was designated the "Best. Show. Ever." in April 2008, by NY Magazine.

Bravo is in production on a reality series about New York City private-school kids that is slated to premiere in 2009. The docudrama is being described by insiders as the real-life Gossip Girl, although the show will not feature any of Manhattan’s exclusive schools specifically. The concept fits with the network’s roster of docudramas about moneyed characters, including the Real Housewives franchise and Millionaire Matchmaker. The show is from Scott A. Stone’s Stone & Company Entertainment, which also produces Tim Gunn's Guide to Style and produced the first season of Top Design for the network. Bravo ran webisodes featuring the children of the Real Housewives of Orange County beginning with that show’s second cycle. The new show is expected to follow the same production footprint.

Multiple networks have attempted to recapture the drama of real-life high school students since MTV's Laguna Beach spawned a bevy of reality celebrities. But filming minors obviously presents a plethora of issues. MTV attempted to develop an East Coast version of its Laguna Beach franchise a few years ago, but the project did not get much beyond the casting phase. CBS also looked into a reality series about students at the Manhattan private school York Prep, but the school was said to be skittish about the attention such a project would bring.

In Taiwan, the DVD is now available. "Gossip Girl" is called "Hua Bian Jiao Zhu" in Mandarin. In the Philippines, the DVD is now available. A limited edition Gossip Girl notebook was included for the pre-order. In Brazil, the DVD is now available. The pre-order included a hand-bag holder. The Australian Region 4 DVD release of the first season was submitted for classifcation via the OFLC, and will be released on April 15, 2009.

The show airs on CTV and MuchMusic in Canada (For season two, CTV will send the series down to the relaunched A), the Warner Channel in Latin America, Pro7 in Germany, ETC Entertainment Central in the Philippines, Zee Café in India, ITV2 in the United Kingdom, FOX8 in Australia, VT4 in Belgium, AXN in Spain and Portugal, Mya in Italy and TVN Siedem in Poland. It will air on 8TV in Malaysia, TV Norge in Norway, MTV3 in Finland, Xtra HOT in Israel, Kanal 5 in Sweden, Stöð 2 in Iceland, TF1 in France, On Style in South Korea, and Trans 7 in Indonesia .

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Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl is a series of novels for teenagers created by Cecily von Ziegesar and written by herself as well as by an unknown ghost writer. The name of the first novel in the series, Gossip Girl, is also the nom de plume of the narrator. It has also been adapted into a TV series airing on The CW and CTV. It spawned two spin-off book series, The It Girl and Gossip Girl: The Carlyles.

The books are published by Alloy Entertainment and distributed by Little, Brown and Company and Bloomsbury Publishing. The complete series has been published in paperback with the last book, a prequel, It Had To Be You, published in hardcover. Books nine, ten and eleven of the main series were ghostwritten.

The series has spawned two spinoffs, The It Girl and Gossip Girl: The Carlyles.

The TV adaptation, also titled Gossip Girl, was picked up by The CW. Josh Schwartz, the creator of The O.C., is executive producer for the project. In the show, Blake Lively plays Serena and Leighton Meester plays Blair. The show is based on the books but does not follow the same story line.

The show boastfully quotes from disapproving newspaper reviews in advertisements displayed on billboards and the outside of buses. The quotes include "Very bad for you -- San Diego Union-Tribune" and "Every parent's nightmare -- Boston Herald". The quotes are superimposed on screen shots taken from show episodes of characters embracing and kissing.

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List of Gossip Girl episodes

Gossip Girl, a teen drama, premiered on September 19, 2007 in the United States on The CW Television Network. Gossip Girl is based on the young-adult book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar, and was developed for television by The O.C. creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The series follows the lives of the young, wealthy social elite residing in Upper East Side, Manhattan, and is narrated by an unseen and seemingly omniscient character, "Gossip Girl", whose blog is widely read among the characters.

After the first three episodes were aired, the series received a full season order of twenty-two episodes from The CW. Due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, only thirteen episodes were produced. Once the strike ended, The CW announced five more episodes to be produced and aired in April and May 2008. Despite earning low ratings during the first part of the first season, it was announced in March 2008 that the series was renewed for a second season since it "hits a bulls-eye with The CW's target demographic of females 18 to 34" and the episodes are among the most downloaded on iTunes. When the series began to air again in April, however, The CW stopped offering online streaming on their website in an apparent effort to boost ratings; though in July 2008 The CW decided to put back the online streaming of the show's episodes on their website again. The DVD of the first season was released on August 18, 2008 for Region 2 and a day later for Region 1.

Currently in its second season, the series has aired thirty-five episodes as of the current date.

The first season premiered on September 19, 2007 on CTV and September 19, 2007 airing at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 p.m. Central) on The CW, the original broadcast network. Repeats were aired Sundays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 p.m. Central) before they were moved to their current time slot at 6:00 p.m. Eastern (5:00 p.m. Central) by the first season's third episode.

The pilot episode was the first television pilot of the fall 2007 season to be picked up by its network. It received mediocre ratings overall, but performed well in key demographics and is one of the most buzzed-about new shows on the Internet. Its digital video recorder ratings were high, increasing the shows profitability. The Deseret News noted that pilot presented Gossip Girl as milder than a lot of what is shown on MTV, but still warned parents of several scenes in the pilot.

After the last episode produced before the writers' strike was aired, The CW moved the series to Monday starting on January 28, with repeats of the first season until the first post-strike episode was aired, after which it continued to be aired on Monday nights.

After Blair discovers that Serena unwittingly replaces her as the face of her mother Eleanor’s fashion line, the friends fight again. Dan talks to Blair about her relationship with Serena, and Blair and Serena reconcile again; meanwhile Chuck and Nate indulge in boys’ weekend, but Chuck has to rescue Nate from a high-stakes game of poker.

Serena and Dan go out on their first date where he goes to great lengths to impress her but when it fails, they instead go to a Brooklyn pool hall. At Blair’s sleepover, Jenny gets involved in an intense game of truth or dare where she has to bring Eric out of the Ostroff Center. When Eric’s mother Lily learns that he is missing she turns to an old flame to find him and agrees to let Eric out of the center. Later Jenny is dared to shoplift and must think fast when the police come.

Still devastated on her relationship with Nate, Blair puts on a happy face for her 17th birthday party while trying to avoid Chuck. Dan brings Vanessa to the party to ease the tension between her and Serena but it only makes Serena more uncomfortable. Jenny brings Alison (guest star Susan Misner) home but Rufus may not be ready to accept her as Nate disobeys his parents to salvage his relationship with Blair for their business deal with the Waldorfs. Chuck takes advantage of this and they have sex once again and rekindle their secret affair, in which Serena unwittingly discovers.

Not knowing the complicated romantic histories of his parents and Lily, Dan invites the Van der Woodsens to Thanksgiving dinner after they were "un-invited" by Blair at the Waldorf dinner after Serena finds out Blair's affair with Chuck. As their romantic history was revealed, Alison (guest star Susan Misner) and Rufus agree that they should avoid Lily, and the children discuss the awkward situation. Blair gets devastated when she finds out her father would not come since he and Eleanor are getting a divorce, as Nate’s own family dinner deteriorates.

Blair’s father Harold (guest star John Shea) and his gay lover Roman (guest star William Abaddie) arrive for the holidays, but she is not happy about it and formulates a plan to get rid of Roman. Jenny and Vanessa help Serena make the perfect Christmas gift for Dan as Blair’s plan is thwarted, and she accepts Roman after Harold shows her his French estate. Blair confronts Vanessa about her true intentions and her feelings for Dan. She gets worried when Chuck texts her that Nate joined him at his vacation at Monaco.

Serena and Blair break into the school and throw a pool party and a student almost drowns. Serena admits to the principal that she is to blame and escapes expulsion after Bart donated to the school, but not before Nate finds the school key in Blair's drawer and thinking she broke into the school takes the fall for her which leads to a reconciliation. Nate tells Blair he loves her, causing Blair much distress. Though they work it all out in the end. Vanessa films Blair and Chuck talking about their affair, and Chuck and Blair vie for possession of the tape.

Blair deals with a pregnancy scare, and when Serena is seen buying her a pregnancy test, Gossip Girl delightedly posts the news, causing everyone to think Serena is pregnant. Angry at Blair for getting back together with Nate, Chuck reveals his former affair with Blair to Gossip Girl via an anonymous text message. When Nate finds out that Blair slept with Chuck, he severs his friendships with both Chuck and Blair. Serena blames Dan for exposing Blair's affair with Chuck, but the two reconcile in time for Serena to stop a heartbroken Blair from leaving the country.

After spring break, Blair is hesitant to return to school and encounters difficulties with her former inner circle, leading to a power struggle with her old group's new leader, Jenny. Desperate to fit in with the popular crowd, Jenny steals Hazel's mother's dress, and her new popularity is threatened when she is forced to admit the crime. Serena has to adjust new living arrangements with Chuck while receiving disturbing packages from an unknown sender.

After Georgina Sparks (guest star Michelle Trachtenberg), Serena’s former collaborator "in all things bad," returns; this causes her to be more preoccupied than usual and it becomes clear Georgina is blackmailing her so Serena can't tell Dan. Dan concludes this has to do with Chuck, and he meets Georgina who introduces herself as "Sarah." Jenny finds a new love in Asher Hornsby (guest star Jesse Swenson). Blair continues to try to regain her position at school.

Georgina (guest star Michelle Trachtenberg) threatens to reveal damaging information about Serena as Dan witnesses Asher (guest star Jesse Swenson) cheating on Jenny, but Jenny refuses to listen to him so he instead he relays the information to "Gossip Girl". Rufus asks Lily for motherly advice about Jenny's recent out-of-character ways, and it was revealed that it was Eric who was Asher cheating on, and Jenny is expelled from the inner circle. A distraught Serena finally reveals to Blair her secret: she killed someone.

Blair, Nate and Chuck put aside their differences to help Serena, who tells them the story where after she had sex with Nate, she met up with Georgina (guest star Michelle Trachtenberg), and gave cocaine to Pete, which caused him to die due to seizures; Lily convinced Serena to go to boarding school, and she and Georgina split ways. Dan assumed that Serena cheated on him so he broke up with her, and hooked up with Georgina.

The second season began to air on September 1, 2008 on its previous Monday time slot after the series' return from the writers' strike. A total of twenty-five episodes were ordered by The CW. The CW started the television season at the end of the Northern Hemisphere summer instead of the more conventional start in the fall along with other larger TV networks.

The gang spends the Summer in the Hamptons and Serena is nursing her broken heart over her failed relationship with Dan, Nate is secretly dating Catherine (guest star Madchen Amick), a married older woman, and Blair returns from abroad in a relationship with an English lord, Marcus (guest star Patrick Heusinger), making a very jealous Chuck question his decision to leave Blair stranded at the heliport. Dan's internship is a disaster and decides to visit Serena while Jenny interns for Eleanor Waldorf (Margaret Colin) and sneaks into the coveted Hamptons' White Party with Eric's help.

Blair is over the moon that she is dating royalty and has every intention of becoming a royal herself, but a scheming Chuck has other plans for Blair and her new love, Marcus when he introduces Blair to Marcus' stepmother who happens to be Catherine. Serena and Dan agree to keep their recent hook-ups a secret from their friends and family until they figure out what all this means for their relationship. Meanwhile, Nate learns the downside to having an affair with Catherine when he keeps getting caught in his lies and learns his family has gone bankrupt due to his father jumping bail.

Serena and Dan are forced to deal with their unspoken problems while trapped in an elevator during a citywide blackout and they end up deciding they are not right for each other. Blair questions the lack of passion in her relationship with Marcus and her lingering feelings for Chuck who tries to seduce her, while at the same time Chuck appears to have lost his "passion" for any woman other than Blair. Meanwhile, Nate struggles in his relationship with Catherine. Jenny risks losing her internship when Eleanor catches Jenny critiquing one of the Eleanor Waldorf designs.

In the midst of Fashion Week, Blair is furious that Serena has dethroned her and has hung her out to dry with her new socialite friends. And to make matters worse Blair discovers Serena and her friends are getting front row seats to her mother's fashion show and decides to sabotage the show. Dan starts hanging out with Chuck, for an article, and learns of his complicated history with his dad, Bart (Robert John Burke). Lily learns a secret that her new husband, Bart, has been keeping from her. Jenny drops out of school to become a designer.

Jenny befriends a model, Agnes (Willa Holland), who encourages Jenny to confront Eleanor who is attempting to “borrow” Jenny’s designs and start her own line. Nate starts to look out for Jenny's best interests and they kiss. Serena and Dan agree to attend an art opening at Rufus’ gallery as friends, but the outing gets a little uncomfortable after Serena meets an artist, Aaron Rose (John Patrick Amedori), and realizes they have prior history together and she wants to pursue him. Blair attempts to seduce Chuck, but it proves tougher than she ever imagined when she must say I love you to get Chuck.

Its Blair's 18th birthday and she tries to sabotage her mother's new relationship with Aaron's father, Cyrus (Wallace Shawn), Jenny moves in with Agnes and tries to secure a business deal, but Agnes doesn't want to put in the effort and Agnes kicks Jenny out and burns Jenny's designs. Serena and Aaron fall for each other but something about Aaron reveals he has open relationships. Dan and Chuck are at war due to Dan’s true interest in his father Bart and Dan has to decide whether to submit the Chuck Bass story or protect the Bass family from scandal.

Chuck has holed himself away after the death of his dad and has turned into an emotional wreck. He blames Lily, Rufus, and Dan for Bart's death and discovers Lily's longheld secret; she had a son with Rufus that she gave up for adoption whose existence Rufus knows nothing about until Lily's mother tells him. Meanwhile, Chuck skips town rejecting Blair after she tells him she loves him, Serena goes to Buenos Aires with Aaron despite her feelings for Dan thinking that Rufus and Lily are getting back together. Eleanor and Cyrus get married and Jenny designs the dress. Before he leaves, Chuck decides to keep Lily's secret.

Chuck has disappeared since his father's funeral and his uncle, Jack (Desmond Harrington), retrieves him from Thailand hitting rock bottom, smoking hash in school, falling into an alcoholic stupor, and teetering on rooftop ledges. Blair tries to pick up the pieces from her broken relationship with Chuck, but realizes Chuck means everything to her. Jenny returns to Constance Billard and takes on Penelope, Hazel, and Isabel. Serena breaks up with Aaron and she and Dan get back together, but Dan discovers that they have a half-brother and their relationship may be over already. Lily and Rufus decide to visit their son.

The third season will premiere on August 31, 2009.

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