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Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series was created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and premiered on The CW on September 19, 2007. Narrated by the omniscient blogger “Gossip Girl”, voiced by Kristen Bell, the series revolves around the lives of privileged young adults on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City.
The series begins with the return of Upper East Side “It” girl, Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) from a mysterious stay at a boarding school in Cornwall, Connecticut. Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), whom creators describe as the queen at the center of their chess game, is a longtime friend and occasional rival of Serena’s, and the Queen Bee of Constance Billard School’s social scene. The story also follows Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), the bad boy of the Upper East Side; “golden boy” Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), Chuck’s best friend and Blair’s boyfriend for many years. However, their relationship had been rocky ever since Serena left for boarding school. Other characters of the turbulent Manhattan scene: Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), Dan’s best friend Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr), Dan’s sister, Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen), and con artist Ivy Dickens (Kaylee DeFer).
The show has received numerous award nominations, winning 18 Teen Choice Awards. The CW officially renewed Gossip Girl for a sixth and final season on May 11, 2012. The final season, consisting of 10 episodes, premiered on October 8, 2012, and ended with a two-hour series finale on December 17, 2012.