Production Number: 100
Air Date: 2007-09-19
Based on the best-selling series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and executive produced by Josh Schwartz ("Chuck," "The O.C.") and Stephanie Savage ("The O.C."), "Gossip Girl" is a one-hour drama based on the lives of privileged Manhattan prep school teens. The students first learn that Serena van der Woodsen, once the Upper East Side's most notorious party girl, is back in town the way they learn all the important news in their lives: from the blog of the all-knowing albeit ultra-secretive Gossip Girl. No one knows Gossip Girl's identity, but everyone in this exclusive and complicated vicious circle relies on her website and text messages for the latest scoop. Even Serena's closest friend, Blair Waldorf, is surprised to find that Serena has suddenly ended her self-imposed exile to boarding school and returned to Manhattan. Keeping track of the shifting friendships, jealousies and turmoil in this wealthy and complex world isn't easy, but it's what Gossip Girl does best.
Enter a world of privileged teenagers attending elite private schools in New York City as told through the eyes of an anonymous blogger.
Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen, Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf, Penn Badgley as Dan Humphrey, Chace Crawford as Nate Archibald, Taylor Momsen as Jenny Humphrey, Ed Westwick as Chuck Bass, Kelly Rutherford as Lily van der Woodsen, Matthew Settle as Rufus Humphrey
Florencia Lozano (Eleanor Waldorf), Sam Robards (Howie
"Hey Upper-East Siders! Gossip Girl here!" Gossip Girl is ready for some more gossip as the journey continues on the life of rich kids on the Upper-East Side. News comes by as Serena van der Woodsen shoots back from boarding school after one mysterious departure. Serena's so-called ex-girlfriend, Blair Waldorf has no idea why she is back in New York. Nate Archibald, the boy of the Upper East Side and secretly in love with Serena, is happy about her arrival. As Dan sees Serena at the Grand Central, he couldn't let his thoughts of her get out of his mind. Chuck Bass on the other hand would like to stir things up. I sense a whole lot of drama on its way. I mean this is only the first episode!
As a "Pilot" episode, I thought it would've been better. As a fan of the show and the books myself, there were some little things I would've like to see in the episode coming from the books. But this is the entertainment industry, everyone does it. So Josh Schwartz, the creator of The OC and Gossip Girl, isn't the first person in the world to change the books around for everyone's entertainment. The cast portrays the characters very well, even though they didn't look like they were supposed to be in the books. But the cast is very sexy, hot, and seductive. I think they're looks will get the viewers off their mind about what they are really suppose to be like.
Less than 5 minutes into the show, the drama, sex, lies, and more backstabbing already has begun. Crazy, isn't it? The storylines seemed to be rushed because this first episode is based on the first book of the series by Cecily von Ziegesar. But I have to say, I'm expecting way too much from the show, and I shouldn't. I don't plan on Josh following the 11-12 books of the series whatsoever. But Josh did do a great job with the storylines from the first book into an episode and put in the important things on the show.
Oh, the drama! I cannot wait for the next episode because I know it'll be great and start a whole new phenomenon. Goodbye California! Hello New York! Things are just getting started. "You Know You Love Me, XOXO, Gossip Girl."
Review by: OCallyFaN80
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