- HBO Max’s ‘Gossip Girl’ sequel series delayed until 2021 due to coronavirus production shutdowns.
The eagerly anticipated Gossip Girl reboot on HBO Max will debut until 2021. According to Vulture, HBO Max chief content officer Kevin Reilly confirmed that the novel coronavirus impacted production of the series that was initially set to premiere by fall 2020.
“They hadn’t even started production yet; they were in pre-production and ready to roll,” said Reilly of the reboot.
Reilly further mentioned other signature HBO Max productions that will not be available during the first six months of the streamer, such as Kaley Cuoco-led series The Flight Attendant will now premiere until later in fall or by 2021.
“Things that would have been really meaningful and high profile have gotten pushed back,” Reilly says. Nevertheless, Reilly reassures that HBO Max will be overflowing with first-run series and various scripted and unscripted releases on its launch May 27.
The Gossip Girl sequel series is set eight years after the original CW series’ finale, and the story will follow a new cast of New York elite teens. The original Gossip Girl series aired on The CW from 2007 to 2012 for six seasons.
Original creators and producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are back as executive producers of the new reboot, and supporting writer and showrunner Joshua Safran, creator of Netflix’s Soundtrack. Emily Alyn Lind (Doctor Sleep), Whitney Peak (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Johnathan Fernandez (Lethal Weapon), Eli Brown (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists), and Jason Gotay (NY City Center’s revival of Evita) form part of the new cast, including the return of Kristen Bell as the narrator of the new series, as confirmed by Entertainment Weekly.