Gossip Girl: New York, I Love You XOXO
Never to shy away from New York based television shows, OTSONY takes a look back over the 6 seasons of the very popular Gossip Girl.
Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series was created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and premiered on The CW on September 19, 2007. Narrated by the omniscient blogger "Gossip Girl", voiced by Kristen Bell, the series revolves around the lives of privileged young adults on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City.
The series begins with the return of Upper East Side "it girl", Serena van der Woodsen played by Blake Lively from a mysterious stay at a boarding school in Cornwall, Connecticut. Blair Waldorf played by Leighton Meester, whom creators describe as the queen at the center of their chess game, is a long-time friend and occasional rival of Serena's, and the queen bee of Constance Billard School's social scene. The story also follows Chuck Bass played by Ed Westwick, the bad boy of the Upper East Side; "golden boy" Nate Archibald played by Chace Crawford, Chuck's best friend and Blair's boyfriend for many years. However, their relationship had been rocky ever since Serena left for boarding school. Other characters of the turbulent Manhattan scene include Dan Humphrey played by Penn Badgley, Dan's best friend Vanessa Abrams played by Jessica Szohr, Dan's sister, Jenny Humphrey played by Taylor Momsen, and con artist Ivy Dickens played by Kaylee DeFer.
Primarily filming in New York, Gossip Girl has been declared by New York Magazine as the "Most Restauranty Show Since Sex and the City", citing the pilot episode filming locales such as the Japanese restaurant, Geisha, the Campbell Apartment where Nate and Serena were filmed having sex and the New York Palace Hotel bar Gilt. Other New York City landmarks and well-known establishments were filmed throughout the first season. Victor/Victrola filmed the fictional infamous Chuck Bass burlesque club, Victrola, at The Box Manhattan, a sister club to The Box Soho in London. The fictional Constance Billard-St.Judes School, based on novel writer Cecily Von Ziegesar's alma mater, Nightingale-Bamford used external shots of the Museum of the City of New York.
The second season premiered at the Hamptons and began filming in mid-June. The season premiere opening montage showed a scene at Cooper's Beach that was instead filmed in Rockaway Beach followed by an elaborate white party. For the sixth episode of the season, Columbia University was used to film the Yale campus, an episode that followed disappointment from Yale fans due to its erroneous portrayal of the admissions process and reliance on Ivy League university stereotypes. During the season's seventh episode, the Brooklyn Inn is integrated into the show. Remaining true to its New York locations, the show filmed at the Russian Tea Room.
Many of the main actors have also been involved in film projects, some of which have been shot in New York.
The show has received numerous award nominations, winning 18 Teen Choice Awards. The CW officially renewed Gossip Girl for a sixth and final season on May 11, 2012. The final season, consisting of 10 episodes, premiered on October 8, 2012. The final episode is scheduled for 17th December, and is title “New York, I Love You XOXO”.
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