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‘Gossip Girl’ reboot delayed, here are 5 shows to watch in the meantime

By KERRY TINGA

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Hey Upper East Siders, I have the biggest news ever, but you’re not going to like it. Just got word from HBO, and you know if they go by initials they are the big deal, that the Gossip Girl reboot isn’t coming anytime soon.

The reboot promised fans of the original CW show, based on the bestselling book series by Cecily von Ziegsar, a generation of New York private school teens that mixes a bit of the original aspects we all loved but dealing with new technologies, social media, and the modern societal landscape. Due to the health crisis, production has halted and the show’s original fall debut has been pushed to 2021, at the earliest. HBO Max’s chief content officer Kevin Reilly told Vulture that they were only at pre-production with no definitive filming date set.

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Sorry Lonely Boy, you just might have to be lonely for a little bit longer (hope you can wait). While you could watch the OG Gossip Girl on Netflix, there are a bunch of teen dramas that have come out since then that could fill the void.

Elite

The extremely popular Spanish thriller Elite is going strong into its fourth season. The show begins with three working class students on scholarship starting school at the prestigious Las Encinas private school. They initially clash with their privileged classmates but soon find their lives intertwining, to the point that they are all being interrogated for their relation to a sinister crime teased in the first episode. Money Heist fans will recognize Miguel Herrán, who plays one of the new students at the school, and Jaime Lorente, the brother of another student.

Riverdale

Riverdale has been said to have taken over the reins as the CW teen drama. The series is loosely inspired by the characters of the Archie comics but takes them on a much more sinister and darker journey. While it isn’t the city life of New York, the small town of Riverdale has its fair share of glamour underneath the grit, particularly with the characters of Veronica (Camile Mendes) and Cheryl (Madeleine Petsch). Plus, like its older sister Gossip Girl, the parent drama in Riverdale is just as, if not more, juicy.

Control Z

The recently released Mexican teen drama has been called Gossip Girl meets Black Mirror. Colegio Nacional is just like any other high school in TV-land, that is to say, it has the tropes of populars, loners, the students in between, and that new kid. But everything turns upside down when an anonymous hacker going by the account name @allyoursecrets starts releasing everybody’s secrets and blackmails students into backstabbing their supposed friends. The ensemble cast is led by Ann Valeria Becerril playing Sofia, who employs Sherlock-esque means of deduction as she tries to figure out who the hacker is, and includes Zion Moreno who is also due to appear in the Gossip Girl reboot.

The Carrie Diaries

The short-lived prequel to Sex and the City (SATC) follows a young Carrie Bradshaw (Anna Sophia Robb) as a junior in high school exploring life in New York City for the first time, even meeting Samantha (Lindsey Gort), and who doesn’t love Samantha whatever age she is? Both this prequel and the original SATC of the ‘90s are sure to delight fans who fell in love with New York City while watching Gossip Girl.

Sky Castle

One of the writers behind Gossip GirlJessica Queller, is apparently in talks to produce an American remake of the highly rated Korean drama Sky Castle. The show focuses on the lives of upperclass families in Seoul with matriarchs pushing their children to get into the top schools and their husbands to succeed in their professional lives, taking whatever ruthless means necessary. Maybe it is a bit cheating to include this on the list since the drama focuses more on the mothers as opposed to the teens themselves, but it just fits with the Gossip Girl gang.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/05/26/gossip-girl-reboot-delayed-here-are-5-shows-to-watch-in-the-meantime-2/)

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