Gossip Girl: Kristen Bell to Reprise Her Role for HBO Max Series

Gossip Girl is returning to the small screen, courtesy of HBO Max, and so is Kristen Bell.

According to THR, Bell will once again play the role of the show's narrator -- the eponymous "Gossip Girl." Additionally, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who created the original CW series, are also returning.

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"Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl," producers said in a joint statement.

The new take, which was given a 10-episode straight-to-series order, is described as a continuation of the original and not a reboot. It will be written by former showrunner Josh Safran and takes place eight years after the closure of the show's "website." Naturally, it will explore how the advent of social media has changed the landscape established by its predecessor through the eyes of a new wave of teens at a private school in New York.

"The show went off the air in 2012, and a couple of years later there was talk of revisiting it as a low-budget feature at New Line. The idea of being able to do it on a streamer where we're less restricted was very exciting to us, so we called [executive producer] Josh Safran," Schwartz said. "Safran loves twists and turns. I don't think it's going to be a meditative version of Gossip Girl. It's not a tone poem. If it's more explicit, that's something that we've talked about and haven't really come up with a solid take on. Like, can they swear? Maybe there will be some nudity. We haven't really figured it out," Savage added.

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Gossip Girl has yet to receive a premiere date, but HBO Max is slated to launch in May 2020.

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