It’s been 7 years since “Gossip Girl” left our screens on The CW. News broke recently that the show is making a comeback with a sequel series to air on WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max. The service is expected to launch in May 2020, but what can we expect in this continuation of the hit series? Here’s everything we know so far. 

The New Series Will Be A Continuation That Picks Up Eight Years Later

gossip girl season 1 “Gossip Girl” has been given a reboot at HBO Max. Photo: The CW In the new “Gossip Girl”, the series will pick up 8 years after the original series ended, which is about the same amount of time since the show concluded. We last left with Dan (Penn Badgley) and Serena (Blake Lively) finally getting hitched, and we learned that Dan was the one who ran Gossip Girl the whole time to woo the girl of his dreams, Serena. He finally succeeded in that and got together with her in the end. We also found out that Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair (Leighton Meester) had a child together, while Nate (Chace Crawford) became a successful businessman with plans for a run as Mayor of New York.

Gossip Girl Will Follow A New Group Of Elite High Schoolers

The last shot of the series revealed a new generation of high school students in the Upper East Side as well as a new Gossip Girl in the midst. The new series will be taking cues from that final scene and will become the major plot for the continuation. So expect it to be a brand new story set in the same world as the original. It’ll be interesting to see how much social media has changed over the years since the series ended.

Kristen Bell Is Returning As The Voice Of Gossip Girl

Kristen Bell Kristen Bell will be the first ever host of the SAG Awards. In this photo, the actress poses at the premiere for “A Bad Moms Christmas” in Los Angeles, California on Oct. 30, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Every episode of the original featured the voice of actress Kristen Bell as the anonymous Gossip Girl and narrator of the show. The good news is that Bell will be returning to voice the role to a new generation of viewers. Speaking about her return, EPs Joshua Safran Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage said, “Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl.”

None Of The Original Stars Are Scheduled To Appear

gossip-girl-cast A lot of big name celebrities had roles on “Gossip Girl.” Photo: The CW With a continuation on the horizon, fans are probably wondering if we can expect some of the original cast to return in some capacity. Well, the answer is no, but the doors will always be open for them to return.

“We’ve reached out to all of them to let them know it was happening, and we would love for them to be involved if they want to be involved,” Schwartz said. “But [we] certainly didn’t want to make it contingent upon their [participation]. They played those characters for six years, and if they felt like they were good with that, we wanted to respect that. But obviously, it would be great to see them again.” Here’s crossing our fingers that Serena, Blair, and the rest of the gang make a visit to the Upper East Side.

The Show Has Been Picked Up for 10 Episodes

The new “Gossip Girl” series was picked up for 10 episodes on HBO Max. It’s shorter than the conventional full seasons that the original had during its run. The first season of the original had 18 episodes, while subsequent one ran between 22-25 episodes each. The final installment consisted of 10 episodes as well.