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Who is Gossip Girl? Will Dan and Serena get together? Will Chuck and Blair get married and have tons of beautiful and conniving babies together? And can returning guest star Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) still open her eyelids after so many years of heavy eye-makeup layering?
These are the burning questions that will be answered tonight as the CW’s first-ever hit,Gossip Girl, signs off after six “OMG”-worthy seasons.
To celebrate (and prepare!), we chatted with executive producer Stephanie Savage about what fans can expect from tonight’s final two-hour episode. And here are five things you need to know:
1. The Gossip Girl Reveal Wasn’t Planned All Along—but It Was a Possibility: Savage explains why she and the writers felt it important to reveal Gossip Girl’s true identity in this last episode: “When you’re thinking about a finale, you go back to the pilot, you think about everybody’s series arcs and think what is the premise of the show? In this case, ‘Who is Gossip Girl?’ is a big part of the show. We had a thought in the back of our minds who Gossip Girl was, but we were never sure if we were going to reveal that. Was it something the audience wanted to know, or would they rather not know? We kept it very open. Then last year, we did a lot of storytelling with Gossip Girl and it felt right that this year, she would be revealed.” She? Hmmm!
2. The Cast Was “Surprised” by Who Gossip Girl Turned Out to Be: ”The actors were really excited and surprised,” Savage tells me. “Everyone has had many theories over the years. I think they liked it.”
3. The Writers Were “United” on How the Show’s Core Couples Should End Up: ”When you create a series,” Savage explains, “you have an idea in the back of your mind where you think everybody is going to end up. But you have to be very open to the road the actors and characters take, which I think we really tried to be on Gossip Girl. In the end, I think I always felt I knew who I wanted to be together. By the time we were at the end of season five, the writers were all united about how we felt everything should end.”
4. No Regrets: When asked if there are any storylines she would go back and change over the course of the series, Savage replies: “There are too many things to think about what you would do differently. That’s one of the good and bad things about television, you have to keep going and you can’t second guess yourself.”
5. Don’t Rule Out a Gossip Girl Movie. “It’s funny we’ve never talked about [a movie] seriously until the show was actually ending,” Savage says. “We’ve never had any legitimate conversations about doing a movie until we were saying goodbye. Then we said, ‘We’ll do a movie, Broadway show or reunion show, right?’ Even though we are likely to see each other again it’s not like we’ll all be working together again, so that’s where the fantasy starts.”
Say so long to Gossip Girl tonight with three hours of Upper Eastside goodness on the CW—including a one-hour retrospective and two-hour finale. Then come back to E! Online tonight for our take on what went down, and more scoop from showrunner Stephanie Savage tomorrow morning! After you watch the finale, tweet any questions you have to @kristindsantos and we’ll ask her as many as we can.
Teen drama series ran for six seasons and made names for Penn Badgley, Blake Lively, Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester
Goodbye “Gossip Girl,” XOXO.
The bi-atchy teen drama that turned into a guilty pleasure for millions, ends Monday with a two-hour finale (8 p.m. on The CW/Ch. 11) that producers say will leave fans satisfied.
“We feel like we got the characters to a good destination,” said Stephanie Savage, who created the show in 2006 with teen angst drama whiz, Josh Schwartz (“The O.C.”).
Among those producers will most fondly miss is the show’s most important personality: New York City.
“I think New York was a huge character in the show,” said Savage. “We joke that she’s our ninth lead.” For six seasons, the show followed the dramatic upheavals in the lives of spoiled, rich prep school kids living on the Upper East Side and playing in the Hamptons.
The backstabbing, snitching and gossip continued as some went to college and others took their shots at the kind of glamorous jobs found only in Manhattan —and script writers’ imaginations.
But always, there was the city.
“You could feel the energy and the color in the streets,” Savage said. “The sight of Dan Humphrey (played by Penn Badgley) running through a sea of yellow cabs, or Serena (Blake Lively) and her brother escaping from a hospital bed to shop at Henri Bendel (on Fifth Ave.) — there’s no substitute for shooting in New York.”
Savage said the network initially resisted the notion of allowing her and Schwartz to film on location in Manhattan, citing costs and other potential difficulties with production.
“It was a big battle,” she said. “Certainly a lot of people thought that when we first start that we’d never be able to shoot at the Met or in Grand Central Terminal — we did both.
“This city is great for shooting, the crews are amazing, the (Mayor’s) film commission is incredible and the people on the streets were always great.”
The show has been lauded as having a huge influence on youth culture and fashion. And of course it also turned some of its stars — like Lively, Taylor Momsen and Leighton Meester — into A-list names.
“We fell in love with our cast fast and hard and could never anticipate their success,” Savage said. “It’s been very emotional and I think we end in a great place.”
For six seasons, anonymous blogger Gossip Girl has been able to uncover pretty much any secret and sordid scandal about S, B, Lonely Boy and the rest of the Upper East Side. It’s ironic, considering what the series producers had to do to keep the identity of the unapologetically nosy snitch under wraps until Monday’s Gossip Girlseries finale (8/7c on The CW).
“It’s been very nerve-wracking for me to try to keep it a secret,” co-creator and executive producer Stephanie Savage tells TVGuide.com of the many precautions taken to keep the name concealed. “But I’m excited for people to find out. The cast and crew were definitely excited when they found out so I’m hoping our fans have the same reaction.”
The show’s crew went to these great lengths to protect a secret that almost even didn’t make it into the finale at all. “We always had an idea in our minds of who Gossip Girl was, which we needed to be able to tell our stories, but we were never sure if we were going to reveal that,” Savage says. “We weren’t sure that that was something that the audience would want to know. Maybe they would like the idea of not knowing who Gossip Girl was.”
However, it was a Season 5 story line — in which Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) and later, Serena (Blake Lively) filled in for Gossip Girl — that changed producers’ minds. “Last year we did so much storytelling with Gossip Girl in the character that it felt like this year we needed to reveal her true self,” she says.
Savage emphasizes the importance of this kind of flexibility when discussing the series finale, which was first announced last May. “I think it’s something that you might have certain ideas or images of when you start, but you really have to be open to the journey the show takes you on and where the characters go,” she says of crafting the final hour. “I think there were some character endgames that were always in our minds, but again, you have to be open to maybe that’s not where fate is going to take people.”
Savage specifically points to bad boy-turned-Blair’s knight in shining armor, Chuck, as having changed the most from the pilot to the finale. “I feel like Chuck has gone on the biggest journey of any one on the show. In the pilot, he’s pretty much a pure villain. He’s not a character that has a lot of layers. That was something Ed Westwick really brought as an actor,” Savage says. “And his chemistry with Leighton [Meester] — when we saw them together on screen and the power of the two of them working together but also being attracted to each other, which really inspired us to grow that character and give him some more layers.”
So will Chuck and Blair get their happy ending after Bart fell to his death — for realz this time! — at the end of the penultimate episode? “Obviously Chuck was up there when Bart met his demise and he was seen earlier at the event publicly speaking out against him so a lot of people will be looking for him,” Savage says. “Chuck and Blair are both where they wanted to be, but are circumstances such that they’ll be able to be together the way that they wanted to? Or have too many things happened that will stand in their way?”
Previews for the finale hint at the two tying the knot, but Savage won’t confirm or deny. “There definitely is a wedding,” she says. “Whether people get hitched without a hitch or whether there’s complications is something to tune in for.”
Savage teases several other milestones in the episode, including a flashback scene that shows Dan (Penn Badgley) and Serena at some point before the events in the pilot took place. Another big moment will be an on-screen appearance by Kristen Bell, who has voiced Gossip Girl for the last six years. “It was really funny and very, very special to be shooting with her. She’s an intimate part of our family but yet we never get to see her,” Savage says. “To be able to make her a part of our storytelling just felt like the perfect way to crown her work with us over the years.”
Although Gossip Girl will finally be unveiled, Savage says not everything will be so cut-and-dried. “It’s Gossip Girl, so I think you want to give closure, but everything doesn’t necessarily have a perfect bow on it. There’s always going to be unanswered questions and twists you didn’t see coming,” Savage says. “The tone of the show is not completely sentimental — there’s a little bit of a bite to it and I think the finale is going to have that.”
Despite these question marks and surprise twists, Savage is still confident fans will walk away satisfied. “It’s definitely emotional, but I think we left the show in a great place and I’m very proud of everything we’ve accomplished,” she says.
The Gossip Girl series finale airs Monday at 8/7c on The CW.
What do you hope to see in the Gossip Girl finale?
Chuck and Blair decide to hide in a hotel of the city while they try to find a solution to their situation. In the meantime, Chuck’s uncle appears as their guardian angel to save them.
Jack proposes to them get married so the police won’t obligate Blair to testify against her husband. Chuck proposes to her, she say yes immediately and the organization of a clandestine wedding starts.
In the meantime, Dan gives to Nate his final chapter. Is about Gossip Girl.
Finally, everything is ready for the wedding but two teenagers (mini Blair and mini Serena) nearby the place, see Blair and Serena, so they report their location to the police.
The wedding starts and the police is listened closer. Everybody’s cell phones start to ring. Is it a GG’s blast? No. It’s from The Spectator with shocking news. GG’s identity is finally revealed.
Forget about Chuck and Blair and Dan and Serena.
Gossip Girl’s series finale is just a few short days away, and we’ve found a new pairing to champion—one we never even considered before!
We just scored an exclusive sneak-peek video of Monday’s big episode that shows some serious chemistry between one Ms. Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg) and…
Jack Bass (Desmond Harrington).
They’re both devious, dead sexy and in serious need of a good spanking. (Not that we condone violence or anything.) Just us, or “Georgack” might be the show’s most perfect pairing yet?
In the preview clip, Jack Bass rolls his town car up to Georgina on the street and the—pardon the wretched pun—”Sparks” fly. Jack encourages Georgina to put her master scheming abilities to good use. And clearly, she’s hip to the idea…and Jack’s bedroom eyes.
Check out the exclusive video! Then come back later for more exclusive Gossip Girl goodness as we prepare to say goodbye, forever.
6.10 New York I Love You XOXO sneak peek (Dan/Georgina, Dan/Serena)
6.10 New York I Love You XOXO sneak peek (Dan and Serena)
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