Why was HBO Max's 'Gossip Girl' reboot canceled?

Why was HBO Max’s ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot canceled?

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Bianca Piazza - Author

The CW’s drama series Gossip Girl, based on Cecily von Ziegesar’s YA novels, was like a puzzle in the mid-2000s. Throughout her six seasons on the show, Gossip Girl worked hard to make life miserable for her teens on his side of the wealthy Upper East, routinely sharing their secrets in sadistic blogs. exploit.

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The original show, which starred Penn Badgley (You) and Blake Lively (The Shallows) among others, underwent a reboot in 2021. Girl follows a new generation of her teens at a private New York school as they experience the wrath of Gossip Girl via modern social media.

On January 19, 2023, it was announced that HBO Max would not be moving forward with a third season of Gossip Girl. So why was the long-awaited reboot canceled? It’s a secret we’ll never tell you. just kidding. Read on to find out!

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Why was HBO Max’s ‘Gossip Girl’ canceled?

A statement released by HBO Max read, “To showrunner/executive producer Joshua Safran and to executive producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz for all the Upper East Side and Constance Billard scandals. Thank you so much for bringing us back.

“While we won’t be making it to the third season of Gossip Girl, we appreciate the compelling love triangle, calculated plot and impeccable fashion that this series has brought to new audiences.”

The revival began strong in July 2021, but closed with “setting a record as HBO Max’s most-watched opening weekend for an original series at the time,” and viewers were left curious by the time the second season hit the streamer. lost.

HBO Max has been working to cut costs over the past six months or so, according to the publication. However, Gossip Girl’s acquisition of an ax may have nothing to do with this.

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Deadline wrote that the cancellation was likely a “result of HBO Max’s failure to crack down on how to revive another YA series, Pretty Little Liars.” am.

So here’s Goss.It’s with the heaviest heart I have to announce that GOSSIP GIRL will not continue on HBO Max.EP and I will forever be grateful: pic.twitter.com/kLpEn8kCMG

— Joshua Safran (@Anthologist) January 19, 2023

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In an interview with Vanity Fair, Josh Safran opened up about the devastating news and revealed that cost was a factor. Oh, so money has something to do with Gossip Girl cancellations.

“This show is incredibly expensive. ‘It costs a lot to look this good,'” he began.

“And it really has to get House of the Dragon numbers or The Last of Us numbers and no show like Gossip Girl gets those numbers,” Josh continued. .

Comparing Gossip Girl to other shows doesn’t seem productive, but I understand the desperate search for why.

There is hope that the show can be found by another streamer, as Josh and his team are “currently looking for another home,” they wrote in a statement. I feel. Josh Safran seems like a bonafide realist.

“In this climate it can be an uphill battle, so if this is the end, at least we came out on top. Thanks for watching. See how it all comes together Please xoxo,” he wrote.

Seasons 1 and 2 of Gossip Girl are available on HBO Max, with the season 2 finale (and series finale) coming January 26th.

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