Gossip Girl

Wednesday, 4 February 2009, 9:00PM on ITV2

Serena and Dan are forced to deal with their unspoken problems while trapped in an elevator during a citywide blackout. In a humorous twist, Blair questions the lack of passion in her relationship with Marcus (recurring guest star Patrick Heusinger), while, at the same time, Chuck appears to have lost his “passion” for any woman other than Blair. Meanwhile, Nate struggles between his feelings for Vanessa and his more-complicated-by-the-day relationship with Catherine (recurring guest star Madchen Amick). Plus, Jenny risks losing her internship when Eleanor (recurring guest star Margaret Colin) catches hercritiquing one of the Eleanor Waldorf designs.

 

Wednesday, 28 January 2009, 9:00PM on ITV2

Blair is over the moon to be dating royalty and has every intention of becoming a royal herself, but a scheming Chuck has other plans for Blair and her new love, Marcus (recurring guest star Patrick Heusinger). Serena and Dan agree to keep their recent hookups a secret from their friends and family until they figure out what it means for their relationship. Meanwhile, Nate learns the downside to having an affair with a hot older woman, Catherine (recurring guest star Madchen Amick), who is married.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009, 9:00PM on ITV2

Welcome to Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where gossip rules and affluent prep-school students find themselves with the money, access and appetite to explore all the temptations New York City has to offer. Based on the best-selling series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, this drama is told through the eyes of an all-knowing blogger — Gossip Girl — who is determined to uncover and fuel every scandal possible via constant, avidly read text messages, including the intense friendship and rivalry of two girls, Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf.

While Serena was away at boarding school, Blair enjoyed her time in the spotlight. Now that Serena is back, Blair has no intention of going back to living in Serena’s shadow. Blair’s quest to maintain her queen bee status hasn’t been her only trial, however. Her once-rock-solid romantic relationship with Nate Archibald, a young man uneasy with his privilege and who now deals with the financial fallout created by his high-powered father, was also put through the ringer, made more complicated by her feisty involvement with Nate’s best friend, Chuck Bass. Chuck leads a reckless life and constantly pushes those around him to explore their dark side.

Once the Upper East Side’s most notorious party girl, Serena initially seemed to keep her vices in check, but a haunting past soon unleashed old ghosts. While being fiercely protective of her younger brother, Eric, Serena tried to forge a romance with the proverbial fish out of water, Dan Humphrey, a middle-class kid on the fringe of the exclusive clique. Dan and his younger sister, Jenny, attend the elite Manhattan school at the insistence of their father, Rufus, a former rocker turned art gallery owner determined to give his kids a first-class education. Rufus has a history with Serena’s mother, Lily, a socialite with a hidden past. When a chance encounter brought Dan and Serena together, Dan found himself dating the girl of his dreams. This dream quickly became a challenge as he tried to make sense of her world. Jenny is the youngest of the group and wants desperately to be accepted. She was thrilled with her brother’s new romance and the chance to have entry into this glamorous world, though she quickly learned the price for popularity takes its toll. The group was also impacted by the arrival of Vanessa Abrams, Dan’s female friend, a Brooklyn rebel and loner who doesn’t approve of this high-stakes world of money, fashion shows and fundraisers.

In the second season premiere, as the summer draws to a close in the Hamptons, Serena and Nate have everyone fooled into thinking they are a couple to cover up the fact that Nate has been hooking up with a married older woman and Serena has been secretly mourning her breakup with Dan. Blair returns from abroad with a hot guy on her arm, making a very jealous Chuck question his decision to leave Blair stranded at the heliport. Dan has spent the summer assisting a famous author but decides to head to the Hamptons to see how things stand with Serena after a summer spent apart. Plus, while interning for Blair’s mother’s company, Jenny sneaks a much-coveted invite to the Hamptons’ White Party, at which Eric introduces her to socialite Tinsley Mortimer.

Thursday 29 May 2008 10:00pm – 11:00pm on ITV2.

Serena has absolutely no intention of attending the upcoming Debutante Ball, until her grandmother, CeCe (guest star Caroline Lagerfelt – All the King’s Men, Nash Bridges), announces that Serena must attend. Unfortunately, CeCe does not find Dan to be the
suitable escort she had in mind for Serena, and makes her opinion heard loud and clear, causing a riff between Serena and Dan.

Blair and Nate, now officially broken up, decide to go to the ball together as friends; however, Nate becomes jealous when he begins to suspect that Blair may already be seeing someone else.

Meanwhile, Jenny finds herself torn between attending her mother’s (recurring guest star
Susan Misner) art opening or following her dreams of going to the Debutante Ball, even though the latter is against her parents’ wishes. And Rufus finally learns the real reason Lily broke up with him all those years ago.

Gossip Girl is based on the novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and executive produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

ITV2 channel controller Zai Bennett says: “I’m delighted that we’ve secured this brand defining acquisition for ITV2”.

Dawn Ostroff from the CW Television Network, America’s fifth broadcast network and the only network targeting young adults between 18-34, adds: “People everywhere are talking about Gossip Girl and we believe this show will continue to build. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have created an incredibly heightened-reality world that viewers are locking into.”

Gossip Girl is a College Hill Pictures, Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Paramount Television Inc for ITV2.

Thursday 15 May 2008 10:00pm – 11:00pm

Devastated by the state of her relationship with Nate and still dealing with the guilt from a recent indiscretion, Blair puts on a happy face for her 17th birthday party and attempts to hide the truth from her friends.

Hoping to ease the tension between Serena and Vanessa (recurring guest star Jessica Szohr), Dan takes Vanessa to Blair’s party so the girls can have some bonding time, but this only ends up making Serena more uncomfortable.

Meanwhile, Jenny brings her mum (recurring guest star Susan Misner) home for a surprise visit, but Rufus may not be ready to forgive and forget. And Nate’s parents ask him to make a huge sacrifice in order to salvage the business of his father, who faces charges of embezzlement and fraud.

Gossip Girl is based on the novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and executive produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

ITV2 channel controller Zai Bennett says: “I’m delighted that we’ve secured this brand defining acquisition for ITV2”.

Dawn Ostroff from the CW Television Network, America’s fifth broadcast network and the only network targeting young adults between 18-34, adds: “People everywhere are talking about Gossip Girl and we believe this show will continue to build. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have created an incredibly heightened-reality world that viewers are locking into.”

Thursday 8 May 2008 10:00pm – 11:00pm

After surviving their relationship’s on-again/off-again genesis, Serena and Dan finally acknowledge that they are crazy about each other, despite their polar-opposite worlds that constantly threaten to pull them apart.

Chuck contemplates investing in a burlesque club, hoping to make his hard-to-please father, Bart (recurring guest star Robert John Burke), proud of him. Nate confronts his father, the Captain (recurring guest star Sam Robards), about the drugs he found in the house, but the Captain denies having a problem.

Jenny discovers a secret that her father and mother have been keeping from her, and Blair is once again devastated by Nate’s actions after Jenny reveals that Nate accidentally kissed her, thinking she was Serena.

Gossip Girl is based on the novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and executive produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

ITV2 channel controller Zai Bennett says: “I’m delighted that we’ve secured this brand defining acquisition for ITV2”.

Dawn Ostroff from the CW Television Network, America’s fifth broadcast network and the only network targeting young adults between 18-34, adds: “People everywhere are talking about Gossip Girl and we believe this show will continue to build. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have created an incredibly heightened-reality world that viewers are locking into.”

Gossip Girl is a College Hill Pictures, Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Paramount Television Inc for ITV2.

Thursday 1 May 2008 10:00pm – 11:00pm

Dan (Penn Badgley) is torn between two girls when his childhood friend Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) returns home and declares her feelings for him, just as he and Serena (Blake Lively) are trying to figure out what they mean to each other.

At her infamous masked ball, Blair (Leighton Meester) sends Nate (Chace Crawford) on a scavenger hunt but he is still distracted by his feelings for Serena. Although Blair makes it perfectly clear that outsiders are not welcome, a disguised Jenny (Taylor Momsen) and Dan sneak into the ball.

Meanwhile, Lily (Kelly Rutherford) asks Rufus (Matthew Settle) to accompany her to an event hosted by Blair’s mother in order to make Chuck’s father jealous, after he brings a model (America’s Next Top Model winner Caridee English) as his date.

Gossip Girl is based on the novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and executive produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

ITV2 channel controller Zai Bennett says: “I’m delighted that we’ve secured this brand defining acquisition for ITV2”.

Dawn Ostroff from the CW Television Network, America’s fifth broadcast network and the only network targeting young adults between 18-34, adds: “People everywhere are talking about Gossip Girl and we believe this show will continue to build. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have created an incredibly heightened-reality world that viewers are locking into.”

Thursday 24 April 2008 10:00pm – 11:00pm

Dan (Penn Badgley) makes elaborate plans to impress Serena (Blake Lively) on their first official date. On the same night, Jenny (Taylor Momsen) is invited to the infamous Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) sleepover and finds herself in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare. Meanwhile, when Lily (Kelly Rutherford) discovers that Eric (Connor Paolo) is missing from his treatment center, she seeks help from her ex-boyfriend, Rufus (Matthew Settle).

Gossip Girl is based on the novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and executive produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

ITV2 channel controller Zai Bennett says: “I’m delighted that we’ve secured this brand defining acquisition for ITV2”.

Dawn Ostroff from the CW Television Network, America’s fifth broadcast network and the only network targeting young adults between 18-34, adds: “People everywhere are talking about Gossip Girl and we believe this show will continue to build. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have created an incredibly heightened-reality world that viewers are locking into.”

Gossip Girl is a College Hill Pictures, Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Paramount Television Inc for ITV2.

Thursday 10 April 2008 10:00pm – 11:00pm

As the Upper East Side teens from Constance Billard and St. Jude’s prepare for a much-anticipated visit from Ivy League representatives, Blair (Leighton Meester) uncovers scandalous information about Serena (Blake Lively) that may not remain a secret much longer.

Dan (Penn Badgley) has his heart and future set on serving in the coveted usher position for the Dartmouth representative. But he is beat out by Nate (Chace Crawford), who has no interest in the school, despite pressure from his controlling father, the Captain (recurring guest star Sam Robards).

Meanwhile, Jenny (Taylor Momsen) bonds with Serena’s younger brother, Eric (recurring guest star Connor Paolo), and Rufus (Matthew Settle) must swallow his pride and ask Lily (Kelly Rutherford) for a favour to help his son, Dan.

Gossip Girl is based on the novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and executive produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

ITV2 channel controller Zai Bennett says: “I’m delighted that we’ve secured this brand defining acquisition for ITV2”.

Dawn Ostroff from the CW Television Network, America’s fifth broadcast network and the only network targeting young adults between 18-34, adds: “People everywhere are talking about Gossip Girl and we believe this show will continue to build. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have created an incredibly heightened-reality world that viewers are locking into.”

Gossip Girl is a College Hill Pictures, Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Paramount Television Inc for ITV2.

Thursday 27 March 2008 10:00pm – 11:00pm

Several privileged prep school teens first learn that Serena van der Woodsen (series star Blake Lively) is back in town in the way they learn all the important news in their lives: from the blog of the all-knowing, albeit ultra-secretive, Gossip Girl. No one knows Gossip Girl’s identity, but everyone in this exclusive and complicated vicious circle relies on her website and text messages for the latest scoop.

Even Serena’s closest friend, Blair Waldorf (series star Leighton Meester), is surprised to find that Serena has suddenly ended her self-imposed exile to boarding school and returned to Manhattan. Once the Upper East Side’s most notorious party girl, Serena keeps her reasons for returning mysterious, although they may have something to do with her younger brother, Eric (recurring guest star Connor Paola).

Whatever the rationale, the change in Serena is obvious, especially to Blair, whose friendship with Serena has always been competitive and difficult. When Serena was out of the picture, Blair enjoyed her time in the spotlight, and she has no intention of going back to living in Serena’s shadow. Their uneasy relationship is further complicated by Blair’s boyfriend, Nate (series star Chace Crawford), a young man who is uneasy with all of the privileges that have been handed to him. Now that Serena is back, Blair will have to fight to hold Nate’s attention.

The tension between Blair and Serena isn’t lost on anyone in this crowd, since they all live for gossip and scandal – along with fashion, shopping and partying in Manhattan’s trendiest hotspots. This is a world one has to be born into: full of wealth, power and people like Chuck (series star Ed Westwick). A friend of Nate’s since childhood, Chuck leads a reckless life and constantly pushes Nate to explore his dark side.

The proverbial fish-out-of-water at the prep school are Dan (series star Penn Badgley) and his sister, Jenny (series star Taylor Momsen), middle-class kids whose background keeps them on the fringes of this exclusive clique. Dan and Jenny are attending the school at the insistence of their father, Rufus (series star Matthew Settle), a former rocker turned art gallery owner who is determined to give his kids a first-class education.

Rufus has a history with Serena’s mother, Lily (series star Kelly Rutherford), a socialite who hides her past as a dancer and rock groupie. When a chance encounter brings Dan to Serena’s attention, he suddenly finds himself dating the girl of his dreams. The more Dan discovers about the real Serena, the more he’s challenged to make sense of her world. Jenny is the youngest of the group and wants desperately to be accepted. The price she’ll have to pay for popularity will take a toll, but at the moment, Jenny is just thrilled to have entry into this glamorous setting. Keeping track of the shifting friendships, jealousies and turmoil in this wealthy and complex world isn’t easy, but it’s what Gossip Girl does best.

Gossip Girl is based on the novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and executive produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

ITV2 channel controller Zai Bennett says: “I’m delighted that we’ve secured this brand defining acquisition for ITV2”.

Dawn Ostroff from the CW Television Network, America’s fifth broadcast network and the only network targeting young adults between 18-34, adds: “People everywhere are talking about Gossip Girl and we believe this show will continue to build. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have created an incredibly heightened-reality world that viewers are locking into.”

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