Gossip Girl reveals that Serena has been away at boarding school in Cornwall, Connecticut, She also happens to be the childhood "best friend" and occasional rival of Serena van der Woodsen.The story also follows scholarship student and aspiring writer Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), who lives in Brooklyn and is a self-described "outsider", Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), the so-called "golden boy", who was Blair's childhood sweetheart and first love, and Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), the womanizing, "bad boy" heir who is part of "Manhattan's elite" and "the king of their chess game." Other characters of the turbulent Manhattan scene include Dan's childhood best friend Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr); Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen), Dan's rebellous adolescent sister who the 'Queen B' dubs as 'Little J'; Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford), Serena's mother and heiress, and Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Settle), former 90's band 'Lincoln Hawk' frontman and Lily's former lover.
The series begins with the return of Upper East Side teenage "it" girl Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) from a "mysterious absence".
Remember how bummed we were when The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder broke up?
Luckily they've been able to remain friends, but they certainly aren't the first TV costars to strike up (and then end) a romantic relationship — small-screen duos like Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody, Blake Lively and Penn Badgley, and Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron also hooked up during their downtime, and leading ladies like Jennifer Garner, Emily Van Camp, and Sophia Bush were lucky enough to find love on more than one set.
The show has received numerous award nominations, winning 18 Teen Choice Awards. Following the success of Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls co-producer, John Stephens was approached by Schwartz and Savage, having previously worked with him on The O. Joshua Safran, who started as a writer/consulting producer before becoming co-executive producer, was later added as an executive producer.
The CW officially renewed Gossip Girl for a sixth and final season on May 11, 2012. On April 24, 2012, it was announced that he would leave the show at the end of the fifth season to be the new showrunner of NBC's now-cancelled musical series Smash."When Veronica Mars was canceled, the following season of pilots for The CW had been announced, and one was Gossip Girl.