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‘Gossip Girl’ recap: ‘The Age of Dissonance’


Bonjour, boys and girls! Say hello again to the much-missed “Gossip Girl,” which kicked off its latest round of new episodes last night with the senior class play.

The kids put on a show, all right, both onstage and off: Edith Wharton’s “The Age of Innocence” never quite seemed like high school to me, but as New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood noted, the parallels were “genius.” (What, Ben Brantley was busy?)

So let’s give the cast credits, shall we? We had Blair and Serena as Countess Olenski and Mae Welland, respectively, with Dan and Nate playing Newland Archer and Julius Beaufort.

What that translated to offstage was Blair being ostracized by Yale, since the dean got wind of B’s hazing of Miss Carr via an anonymous source.

And this time, it’s final: Nelly Yuki – hysterical in a fat suit as Mrs. Mingott – snagged the school’s lone early acceptance slot.

When B. accuses poor Nelly of tipping off the dean to steal the opening, Nelly denied it. Then she finally tells the former Queen B. off:

“People aren’t jealous of you. They hate you.”

Ouch. Pretty harsh, even if B. did deserve it. She doesn’t even have BFF Serena on her side, not after Gossip Girl sent out a blast announcing that S. would have been accepted at Yale, too, if she’d agreed to let them put out a press release. S. suspects Blair did it.

So who could the snitch be?

Blair thinks Dan Humphrey. But Dan is too busy making goo-goo eyes at Miss Carr again, even though they agreed to stay away from each other.

But, alas, Mary Kay Letourneau 2.0 can’t keep her hands off Dan.

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 at 8:30 am |
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‘Gossip Girl’ returns tonight! Here’s what to expect as the season kicks back in gear…


“Gossip Girl” is FINALLY back tonight and the kids are putting on the school play!

No, seriously.

The boys and girls of the Upper East side are actually involved in a senior class production of “The Age of Innocence,” with Blair and Dan as the leads! (So when exactly did these two get bitten by the acting bug?)

Don’t worry, this school play isn’t as painful as, say, “90210” and “Spring Awakening.” For that one, I didn’t know whether to roll my eyes or laugh out loud. (For the record, I did both.)

But on the “GG” stage, there’s lots more deliciously devious mayhem at work, of course.

Oh, and Chuck’s old nemesis, Carter Baizen, shows up again: Believe it or not, C. enlists his old frenemy to help him with a problem.

That’s not enough for you to tune in? Then I have just six words for you:

Nelly. Yuki. In. A. Fat. Suit.

Click through to see what else is in store for “GG” in the upcoming months: We’ll see some old favorites return, a few new characters introduced and one totally awesome ’80s band shows up in May…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 8:00 am |
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Meet The Parents: Watros and McCarthy cast as Lily’s folks in ‘Gossip Girl’ spinoff!


We’ve already told you that Brittany Snow has been cast as the young Lily on the upcoming “Gossip Girl” spinoff.

Now there’s news on who’ll play Lily’s mom and dad, CeCe and Rick Rhodes:

Cynthia Watros and Andrew McCarthy.

OMG! Libby from “Lost” and my old friend Blane McDonnagh as a couple? I’m swooning.

(And Andrew, I know “Pretty in Pink” was, like, 22 years ago and I should get over the fact that Andie picked you when CLEARLY she was meant to be with Duckie, and you’ve been in a million TV shows and movies since then, like the recently cancelled “Lipstick Jungle,” but you’ll always be Blane to me.)

What was I saying? Oh yes, Andrew and Cynthia are on board as Serena’s grandparents – weird, huh?

And according to E!, here’s who else rounds out the cast when the series airs its pilot as a “Gossip Girl” very-special-episode on May 11:

Krysten Ritter (“Breaking Bad,” “Veronica Mars,” “Gilmore Girls”) is set to play Lily’s black sheep older sister, Carol, who lets Lily move in with her in L.A. when she breaks free from the Upper East Side.

Ryan Hansen (also from “Veronica Mars”) is on board as one of Lily’s new California friends.

Shiloh Fernandez (“Jericho”) is Owen, a possible love interest for Lily.

And lastly, word on the street is that the CW is tentatively calling the show, “Lily.” Hmm, not too creative, but effective, I suppose.

(Photos courtesy of ABC and NBC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 at 8:17 am |
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Has ‘Gossip Girl’ spinoff found its teenage Lily?


Could Brittany Snow – who played a squeaky-clean ’60s teen on “American Dreams” – pull off a rich girl from the ’80s?

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You betcha, say the producers of the upcoming “Gossip Girl” spinoff.

Zap2it.com’s Korbi Ghosh is reporting that Snow has been offered the role of a young Lily van der Woodsen. You know, before she was a van der Woodsen and Serena’s mom. Ghosh says it’s not a done deal yet, but Snow’s been offered the role and her peeps are in the negotiation process.

The show’s pilot will actually be the May 11 episode of “Gossip Girl,” when we’ll see flashbacks to when Lily was a wild child who flees the Upper East Side to move in with her older sister in L.A. (Krysten Ritter’s already been cast in the part of Big Sis.)

UPDATE: It’s official! Ritter confirmed to Kristin at E! that Snow has indeed been cast as Lily the Teenage Rich Kid.

So what do you think? Compare Snow to Kelly Rutherford, shown below, who plays the elder Lily. A good match?

Or do you think the whole idea of a Lily spin-off is a bad one?

(“Gossip Girl” photo courtesy of the CW)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
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The CW renews five scripted series – and ‘Top Model’


Never fear, fans of rich kids, superheroes and aspiring supermodels!

The CW announced yesterday that “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill,” “90210,” “America’s Top Model,” “Smallville” and “Supernatural” would all be returning in Fall 2009.

More Chuck and Blair? More Superman? More angsty drama from the halls of West Beverly?

All good news, of course!

But such auspicious tidings come with a dark lining: The CW didn’t announce the fates of four other shows, which doesn’t bode well for “Reaper,” “Privileged,” “The Game” and “Everybody Hates Chris.”

Some of those shows will likely be cancelled to make way for the new “Melrose Place” update and “Gossip Girl” spinoff featuring a teenage Lily (you know, back when she was a rock groupie and before she became a van der Woodsen).

So what would you rather see more of?

The Devil and his son?

Or the next Andrew Shue? (Hey, don’t laugh so hard: He was a dreamboat during Melrose-mania…)

(Photos courtesy of the CW)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
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Serena’s new ‘Gossip Girl’ boy toy


I’ve been a little lax on my “Gossip Girl” info this month, partly because I’m miffed that the show is taking a ridiculous SEVEN WEEK hiatus right smack in the middle of winter – exactly when we chilly couch potatoes need the glamorous Upper East Siders and their fabulously impractical cold weather wardrobes the most!!! Plus, I seriously need to know what’s up with Chuck’s dead dad’s sex club, like, right now!!!

Deep breath. Whew, calmer now.

So anyhoo, I’ve gotten a hold of myself and come to grips with the fact that “GG” won’t be back until Mar. 16. Which makes me in a better place to finally bring up the news that Serena’s getting herself a new boyfriend.

Don’t worry, Aaron Rose isn’t coming back. That would truly be too much to handle.

No, Serena’s latest dude will be played by actor Armie Hammer, whose biggest claim to fame is as Male Prefect in that kids’ movie about a horse named “Flicka” and an upcoming role as the Devil’s son on “Reaper.”(The CW does so love to keep casting in the family.)

Then I realized this guy’s name was not ARTIE, but ARMIE, and began to giggle madly, wondering, “Armie? Seriously, who names their kid ARMIE?”

Some Googling revealed that it’s actually short for Armand, which doesn’t make it much better, but it does make it more interesting: This kid is the 22-year-old great-grandson of oil tycoon Armand Hammer.

Which means he’s likely richer than God, considering that his IMDB profile mentions that he spent his “formative years in the Cayman Islands after his father saw the movie, ‘The Firm.'”


Then again, perhaps Armie’s beach-bumming childhood will help him tap into the character he’ll be playing on “GG.” He’s set to be in a few episodes later this season as Gabriel Serrano, a hot European socialite who sweeps Serena off her feet.

Kristin at E! and Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello are calling this a ripped-from-the-headlines plot, since it was reportedly inspired by actress Anne Hathaway’s troubles with her Italian scam artist ex-boyfriend, Raffaello Follieri.

Poor S. She just never catches a break in the romance department.

(Photos courtesy of the CW)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 9:45 am |
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‘Gossip Girl’ recap: ‘You’ve Got Yale!’


O.M.G.!!! Anyone else worried about the new little corn-fed teacher, Rachel Carr?

I’m not exactly sure what Blair Waldorf going Black Ops means, but I’m picturing the after-effects of an atom bomb.

Even Dorota looked scared.

Clearly, Miss Carr’s new to the Upper East Side, because EVERYONE knows that you do NOT stand in the way of the Queen Bee and Yale.

Right, Serena? And Lord only knows what Blair had up her ruffled sleeve when it came to the Nelly Yuki Project, but that poor girl managed to avoid total annihilation by getting rejected.

Oh, Miss Carr. You need to run.

Because This War Is Going To Be Ugly.

Yes, my dears, it was College Acceptance Day on the Upper East Side, or at least it was the day that the only school worth anything let students know its decision.

Princeton? Please. It’s such a trade school…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 at 9:09 am |
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‘Gossip Girl’ spinoff is a go … with a teenage Lily?!?


I have to admit that the romance between Lily and Rufus on “Gossip Girl” interests me way more than the one between their kids. (Ewww: There’s no way around it, having your dad date your girlfriend’s mom is just waaaay too icky.)

But an entire spinoff focused on a young Lily van der Woodsen? In L.A. in the ’80s?

Well, maybe the ’80s part is kind of interesting. I could get into some neon, shoulderpads and Duran Duran. And since the new series will use the same costume and music supervisors as “GG,” you know that the show’s fashion and tunes will rock.

But Lily? She’s definitely got an interesting background: socialite, rock groupie, artist’s muse, illegitimate child given up for adoption, married a whole bunch o’ times. Yet is this really something that can be sustained for more than a few episodes, much less an entire season and beyond?

I suppose this idea is a better one than doing a TV version of “The It Girl,” which was a spinoff of the “GG” book series starring Little Jenny Humphrey. Or a show centered on psychotic spoiled rich girl Georgina, as had been rumored.

But why do a spinoff at all? Isn’t the fabulousness of “Gossip Girl” enough? What’s up with the network obsession with spinoffs?

Here’s the real question though: Would you watch a show all about Lily?

(Photo courtesy of the CW)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, January 16th, 2009 at 9:59 am |
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‘Gossip Girl’ recap: ‘In the Realm of the Basses’


Happy New Year, boys and girls! XOXO and all that.

So what did we ring in with the first “Gossip Girl” episode of 2009?

Well, Chuck Bass was lost – amid Thai hookers and opium dens – and found – after a drunken near-stumble off a rooftop brought him back into Blair’s arms.

His Uncle Jack swept into the city to pick up the pieces scattered by Barth’s sudden death – and he managed to  pick up Blair in the process. (Oops. But We all know what happens when you mix B., a Bass and a limo, don’t we?)

Thank goodness for little miracles, Serena dumped Aaron Rose’s ass halfway to Argentina. No word on whether he’s still grossing out the female population of Buenos Aires, but we do know that he won’t be returning to our favorite Upper East Side stomping grounds.

Little J. returned to high school, challenging the mean girls once again along the way.

And Rufus and Lily hit the road to look for their long-lost, given-up-for-adoption son. (By the way, is anyone else disturbed by their lack of parenting towards the kids that they DO know? Uh, Eric tried to kill himself only a year ago, and Jenny’s just coming out of a downward spiral that had her homeless and nearly suing for emancipation. But la-di-dah, see ya in a couple of weeks, kiddos!)

So let’s start it all off with the twisted true love of Chuck and Blair, shall we?

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 at 10:02 am |
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All-new ‘Gossip Girl’ tonight! Meet Chuck’s Uncle Jack…


Bonjour, Upper East Siders! Hope you had a happy holiday, and here’s a little gift for you with the new year: 2009’s first new episode of “Gossip Girl.”

Bart’s been missing since his dad’s funeral – and if possible, his behavior is worse than ever.

But he’s back in NYC tonight, when we also meet ol’ Bart’s little bro, Jack (played by “Dexter”‘s Desmond Harrington).

Seems Uncle Jack is in town to help Chuck pick up the pieces, but methinks this family reunion will be a disaster. And things are sure to heat up even more next week, when Bart’s will is read.

Meanwhile, speaking of surprise appearances, guess who’ll be back messing with everyone’s heads later this season?

Does the initial G. give you a clue?

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Monday, January 5th, 2009 at 10:04 am |
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A Christmas miracle: ‘Gossip Girl’ dumps Aaron Rose!


Yes, my friends, it’s true, according to Kristin over at E! The CW has confirmed that we’ve seen the last of that facially hair challenged creep, Aaron Rose.

In other words, when Serena returns from Argentina in the Jan. 5 episode, Aaron won’t be with her.

So our loss is Argentina’s, um, loss?

Kristin’s show source tells her that the reason for actor John Patrick Amedori’s sudden departure is that the head honchos weren’t “responding well to the way the character was going.”

Yeah. That’s sort of putting it lightly, don’cha think?

As I’ve said before, I haven’t seen a TV character hated that much since Nikki and Paolo on “Lost.” And at least Nikki and Paolo provided bit of eye candy.

But Aaron? First of all, the guy looked like he hadn’t bathed since Labor Day. Or shaved, but then again, that might been an asset: Nothing is more off-putting than a grown man who has less facial hair than a 12-year-old boy.

And even Dan, with all that irksome judgment sarcasm, is more interesting than Aaron’s faux hipster personality. The boy is supposed to be an artist – and never mind that his projects look like the equivalent of a high school yearbook layout – yet a parakeet has more passion.

Ah well, it’s not nice to beat a dead horse, is it? Let’s just give a big hip-hip-hooray that the sniveling snore said adios!

(Photo courtesy of the CW)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Monday, December 22nd, 2008 at 10:31 am |
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‘Gossip Girl’ recap: ‘Oh Brother, Where Bart Thou?’


Rest in peace, Bart Bass, you cantankerous coot.

Oops, was that disrespectful? Oh well, then I guess it won’t matter if I say that complete, abject misery makes Chuck Bass even hotter.

Who knew that we’d love that mother-Chucker more when he was grief-stricken, drunk and mad as freakin’ hell at the world (not to mention Rufus, Dan and Lily).

You know who else loves Chuck? Blair!! Not that everyone didn’t already know that. But it took Bart’s death to force Blair to finally, FINALLY say those “three little words” to her blackhearted soul mate.

And then Chuck left her on the sidewalk! But this time, Chuck’s abandonment was heartbreaking, not cruel.

Yes, our fine young Ed Westwick surely showed his range last night – even if he did have a penchant for hissing threats into people’s ears. I’ll let that one go, since Chuck’s rage and complete breakdown made me teary for an entire hour. Plus, it gave new insight into his complicated character.

I mean, after calling Lily a whore at the funeral and blasting her for her (sexless) affair with Rufus, what did he do with the papers that revealed her big secret? The ones he paid enough moola for to stuff a banker’s bag? He burned them. (And props to Lily for telling Chuck that she and the kids all there for him, instead of selfishly begging him not to use his knowledge against her.)

Perhaps deep-down, Chuck does think of the van der Woodsens as family.

And did you think we’d ever see Chuck Bass shed a tear? The scene of Blair holding Chuck all night was emotional as heck. The note he left for her? Not a snarky word to be found. Just plain ol’ sad.

Sigh. Anyway, the next stop for Chuck? Trailers seem to point to Crazytown, as he was shown boozing it up with babes and seemingly slipping off a building ledge. (Note to the CW: Do you really think you’re fooling anyone into thinking that Chuck’s going to die, too?)

There was plenty of other sad news to go around though. After finally getting rid of cheating wives and rich husbands, Rufus and Lily seemed to be on the road to happiness together. Until…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 at 9:22 am |
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‘Gossip Girl’ scoop!


We weren’t blessed with a new “Gossip Girl” last night, but don’t worry, the show is back next Monday as the kids attend the Snowflake Ball.

But the real scoop is about the Dec. 8 episode: That’s when the big funeral everyone’s been talking about is scheduled to air!

The episode’s title is a huge hint, and I’m not going to spoil things by revealing it here. (Aren’t I a big meanie?)

Oh, okay, since you’re begging, I’ll give you a few clues.

Let’s just say the deceased isn’t one of the people you see below:

This recent Remote Access post should point you in the right direction, too.

Don’t say I never gave you anything!

And since I’m in a generous mood, here’s a link to the show’s latest promo.

Remember that fun video about Chuck Bass set to “Womanizer,” Britney Spears’ latest single?

Well, this clip is focused on Chuck’s favorite headbanded girl, Blair Waldorf, accompanied by Christina Aguilera’s “Keeps Gettin’ Better.”

And it does. Serena might think not everyone wants to be Blair Waldorf, but I’m with the Queen B. when she says:

“Are you kidding me?”

Serena, please. Of course we do.

(Photo courtesy of the CW)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 at 8:43 am |
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