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Five Questions for Gossip Girl

The onset of Summer also means the return of my Five Questions series, in which I take a look back at the most recent seasons of some favorite TV shows and pose some hypothetical questions about their future. Today's questions are for Gossip Girl, which will start its second season in the Fall.

  1. Will the viewers ever come? Much has been made about Gossip Girl being a high-buzz, low-ratings series, which gets its stars on magazine covers but can't break 3 million viewers per week. Part of that could be due to the different ways the show's young demographic watches TV — some of which can't be tracked by any existing methods (and which are certainly not counted by advertisers). But part of it could just be that not that many people are watching. I keep thinking the buzz will have to pay off in ratings eventually; will this be the year?
  2. Dan and Serena: Will they? Won't they? Do we care? Dan and Serena's relationship is the centerpiece of all the show's many romantic liaisons, but they've already been brought together and ripped apart so many times that I'm starting to get whiplash. It's turning a little into Derek and Meredith 2.0 — when they're together, they're kind of boring, but when they're apart, it just seems like they're in placeholder relationships that don't mean anything since we know they'll just be back together again anyway.
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  4. What will become of Georgina? I thought Michelle Trachtenberg gave the show a much-needed evilness infusion as Georgina Sparks, but the resolution to her storyline was one of many things that fell flat in the season finale. Last we saw, she was being shipped off to reform school — but we now know Trachtenberg will be back on the show come Fall. How will little Georgie get herself out of this one?
  5. How much will happen over the Summer? Remember, we're talking about a show that set up a whole set of relationships in the finale, then flipped them on their heads within 10 minutes thanks to a little "one week later" flash-forward. What's going to happen when our Upper East Siders have three whole months of scandal and sun in the Hamptons to fuel them? Will we recognize a single scenario when the show picks up in the Fall?
  6. Will there really be a spinoff? While those first rumors of a spinoff seem a little shady now, it doesn't seem out of the question that GG would use this season to prime one (or more) characters for a second show. After all, it happened in the books. Will certain characters get more time in the spotlight next year to see how they'd do as the focus of a separate series?
  7. Photo courtesy of The CW

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fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
there are too many similarities to the o.c. the whole dan/serena thing reminds me of marissa/ryan, nate's dad = marissa's dad, vanessa = ryan's baby mama, blah blah blah. i don't like vanessa or georgina. don't think they let the dan/serena thing go on long enough, but i'm kinda hoping for a rufus/lily relationship!
luckykarma luckykarma 8 years
I love this show I don't care what anyone says. My boyfriend told me that DVR'ing and TIVOing shows doesn't count towards ratings and I think that is ridiculous! Not everyone is home when their favorite shows are on. I nearly record everything because I am always at school. So, its not that people aren't watching the show...its that the show isn't being watched by the network's standards.
katieandrew katieandrew 8 years
I loove this is a total guilty pleasure as I am 36 years old!! It reminds me of the 80's "brat packers" and I can't wait to see what happens in the fall:)
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
I disagree with a previous poster. Jenny is turning out to be quite a wh*re herself, or at least having a very similar personality. Remember the episodes where guys thought that she was so much older than she really was, and there was always something that interrupted future "action". lol But I definitely agree with you Buzz, because my best friend and I are huge Gossip Girl fans(look at my new avvie! =]) and we sometimes miss the episodes when they air because of college classes or some other reason. Things happen, so we just watch online from an unaffiliated website or use torrents. That should definitely count. It would be terrible if Gossip Girl or any other show(this brings to mind my beloved but canceled Cane)was canceled because of a lack of viewers when a significant amount of people--enough to sway the advertisers that the networks want-- are watching just as much via TiVo, other websites, torrents, etc. as those who watch the day that they air.
pargie pargie 8 years
I watched online too..I almost never watched it live. Even when they took eps off of the website I had to resort to other online methods. I'm excited about the new season though, can't wait!
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 8 years
I really like the show. I kinda wish they would've taken more time hooking Dan and Serena up though. It happened kinda quick and there wasn't much foreplay with it. I love them together, however, but now they are apart and...I wanted Chuck to not be a skunk at the end. I know that is him, but still. Nate and Serena?? Vanessa and Dan? Are those the summer hook-ups? They need to take tips from the O.C. on how to keep us hanging on for the hookups. More teen angst.
ranksubjugation ranksubjugation 8 years
I for one only watch online. I wish they had taken their time with the relationship development a little more -- the fun part is watching two people you KNOW would be perfect together miss hooking up again and again... until FINALLY you get a sweet payoff near the end -- and then OH GOD, SOMETHING HORRIBLE HAPPENS DURING THE FINALE THAT THREATENS WHAT WE WAITED SO LONG FOR, ahhhhHhh!! There was a lot of potential there, but for me there is no place left to go. I mean, what's left to do? Blair falls for Rufus? On second thought, that might be scandalous enough to keep me watching -- ha.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
oh i miss this show terribly.Come back to me Edwe!
happybunny87 happybunny87 8 years
can't wait for the show come back!
MindayH MindayH 8 years
I am looking forward to next season because I read somewhere that Blair and chuck are the couple of the season, they are so much more interesting than Serena and Dan.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
CW replaces the old UPN and Ithaca (where I go to school) never got UPN so therefore no CW. I dunno if that occurs in other college towns but it irks most of my friends that we have to wait for the shows to come online to watch.
Rose-16 Rose-16 8 years
I love Dan and Serena together! I find their relationship to be a nice contrast to the Blair/Nate/Chuck story line. And, I REALLY hope this show finds an audience, because I'm obsessed (I'm a little too old to be, but I can't help it!).
brunchattopshop brunchattopshop 8 years
OMG! Is that Blair I see, wearing jeans???
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
im disappointed with the viewership in the US. I live in australia so alot of what i watch has to be downloaded because alot of good shows aren't being carried over here.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
the problem with having episodes on the Internet is that advertizers don't pay based off of those ratings - if people aren;t watching, advertizers don't pay to rund their ads, and the cast and crew of the show, not to mention all the other things needed for the show to be filmed (costumes, set, lighting, film, etc.) don't get paid. I totally agree with em113 that Dan and Serena are so boring, not because they're good (see em's comment), but because they're so dreadfully cliche and they lack any personality or good story...
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
wait, Tivo doesn't count?! that makes no sense, and that really sucks because I Tivo pretty much everything I watch. anyway, the main problem with Gossip Girl is our modern times, when you look at the show (and the books that it's based on), it's so obviously like every other teen drama that has been on tv since 90210 and before - the people who watched dawson's creek or the people who watch one tree hill see the show and wonder what's different about this show? another problem with the show (although I can't see this being a factor since most tv viewers aren't really aware of what good writing is) is the terrible dialogue and less than inspiring scenarios - it's boring! really, the only thing the show has going for it is a few entertaining albeit awfully cliche characters (Chuck Bass, Blai Waldorf, Georgina Sparks, even Jenny Humphrey although the actress makes her unbearably annoying) and incredible fashion. unfortunately, that's not enough to keep a show alive...
Ms--Anonymous Ms--Anonymous 8 years
You are so right on that point Geek!! All of my Gossip Girl episodes are Tivo'd because it came on sooo early!!At 8pm I was in class and as a college student I could only skip so many days!!!
em113 em113 8 years
You're right about the torrets Buzz. Instead of pulling episodes off their websites or having a really sh!tty streamer (cbs) networks need to get with the program and make their programming easily available online, because if they don't someone else always will. They just need to be more innovative with making money off the show. And in terms of the second question, I could care less about Serena and Dan. They bored me after two episodes and I don't see that ever changing. Its not because I think they need to be jerks to be interesting. You don't have to be as evil as Chuck to be entertaining, look at couples like Pacey and Joey and Veronica and Logan -totally entertaining, not boring, and still well-liked, good characters.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
This show is really entertaining. I wish you could still watch them on CW's website though b/c I still haven't seen the season finale. I'm just going to wait for the repeat at the end of the summer...
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 8 years
I was also wondering how the series would progress as the characters approach their college years. I'm afraid it's going to go the same direction as The O.C. did.
chicagojlo chicagojlo 8 years
Maybe if they aired the shows at the same time on the same day each week, and without breaking it up here and there to accommodate whichever special they thought was a bigger deal this week, less people would tivo. That's why I record everything, I can't keep up with when stuff's on and when it's not!
miriah15 miriah15 8 years
Buzz, you're so right about the torrent thing ;)
eggmaker eggmaker 8 years
i totally agree on the needing to figure out how to count a Tivo-ed show. I only watch TV that way. I can't remember the last time I watched a "live" TV show. That doesn't mean I'm not a huge fan of a show--I still want it (or them) to stick around and my viewing should somehow be counted!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I LIKE Gossip Girl but I still don't LOVE it. I had the same problem with Grey's Anatomy...I couldn't really identify with the characters and they all seemed SO flawed. I don't mean to be so harsh, I know that they are human and all but do they all have to be whores? Except for maybe Dan and Jenny. I mean, they are only 16/17 and Serena has slept with Nate & Dan, Blair has been with Nate & Chuck, Nate has been with Serena & Blair (& Vanessa?), Chuck has been with many just seems like a lot for just the FIRST season. And are they going to continue to film the series after they graduate from high school? (I'm not familiar with the book series but I thought it just took place in high school...) Dan & Serena bore me to tears and I'm not really jumping aboard the Blair/Chuck bandwagon either. I adore Penn Badgley & Leighton Meester so I hope that the series will get better in the second season and give them some juicy storylines that don't just include relationship swapping.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
I know, geek! And I'm pretty sure that even when the CW took the online episodes away at the end of the season, tons of people still watched via torrents, etc.
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