Gossip Girl was one of the biggest shows on cable TV in its heyday. So, when HBO Max decided to reboot it a little over a decade later, fans rejoiced. But, as it turns out, the celebrations will be short-lived as HBO Max has canceled its Gossip Girl reboot after only the second season. There's no official explanation behind the decision but insiders believe it's due to the show's lackluster performance.
The show’s creator, Joshua Safran, broke the news on his Instagram page. He stated, "So here's the goss: it is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to announce GOSSIP GIRL will not be continuing on HBO Max. We are currently looking for another home, but in this climate, that might prove an uphill [battle], and so if this is the end, at least we went out on the highest of highs. Thank you for watching, and I hope you'll tune into the finale next Thursday to see how it all comes together."
Safran went on to thank the fans stating that they are the reason they (himself and the production team) made a reboot in the first place.
HBO Max made an announcement of its own to disclose the cancellation. In the statement, the streaming platform stated, "We are very grateful to showrunner/executive producer Joshua Safran, and executive producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz for bringing us back to the Upper East Side and all the scandals at Constance Billard. Although we are not moving forward with a third season of Gossip Girl, we thank them for the enticing love triangles, calculated backstabbing and impeccable fashion this series brought to a new audience."
Gossip Girl debuted in 2021 to mixed reviews from critics. However, the show was popular with audiences en route to quickly smashing HBO Max’s record for the most-viewed original series during its debut weekend. The second season saw critics’ ratings improve but it wasn’t enough to save it from the chopping block with HBO Max electing to pass on a third season.
Much like the original show, the Gossip Girl reboot followed the lives of privileged, private school teens in Manhattan. It's set several years after the original in a changed city and fast-paced society where social media is rife. The new Gossip Girl features a more diverse cast that includes people of color and LGBT characters. It also reveals the identity of Gossip Girl, in a departure from the original that kept the character anonymous.
Kristen Bell reprises her role as the voice of Gossip Girl from the original series in the Safran reboot. Apart from her, the show stars an ensemble cast that includes Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Johnathan Fernandez, Emily Alyn Lind, Grace Duah, Whitney Peak, and Tavi Gevinson, among others. The creators of the original series, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, serve as executive producers alongside Joshua Safran, Karena Evans, April Blair, Gina Girolamo, and Leslie Morgenstein.
The final episode of Gossip Girl season 2 will air on HBO Max on Thursday, January 26.
Speaking of HBO Max, the platform is currently drawing the eyes of the world because of the success of HBO's The Last of Us. The successful premiere episode was quickly followed up by a similarly enthralling Episode 2. Judging by the lengths of each episode, HBO's The Last of Us will continue racking up the numbers and viewership going forward. Audiences are now waiting for HBO Max to make the second season of HBO's The Last of Us official.