"Gossip Girl" is an American teen drama streaming television series developed by Joshua Safran for HBO Max. It is an extension and a standalone sequel to The CW television series of the same name, which is based on the novel series written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series is executive produced by original series co-creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, along with Safran, who was an executive producer on the first series and who also serves as showrunner. The series is narrated by Kristen Bell, who reprised her role as the voice of Gossip Girl, an anonymous and omniscient blogger. The series features an ensemble cast led by Jordan Alexander, Whitney Peak, Tavi Gevinson, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zión Moreno, Savannah Lee Smith, and Grace Duah.
"Gossip Girl" premiered on HBO Max on July 8, 2021, to mixed reviews and broke the record for the most-watched HBO Max original series over its launch weekend. The first season consisted of 12 episodes, split into two six-episode parts, with the second half debuting on November 25, 2021. In September 2021, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on December 1, 2022.
The series is available to watch in Asia via HBO GO. The series was acquired by BBC One and BBC iPlayer for the United Kingdom. For Canada, it was acquired by Crave. In Belgium, the series was released on Streamz on July 9, 2021. The series was released on Amazon Prime Video India on July 21, 2022.
Since the April 2022 merger of WarnerMedia with Discovery to form Warner Bros. Discovery, Max is one of the combined company's two flagship streaming services, the other being Discovery+ (which primarily focuses on factual programming from the Discovery brands). Warner Bros. Discovery initially announced plans for HBO Max and Discovery+ to merge in 2023, but the company ultimately chose to retain Discovery+. Warner Bros. Discovery went on with an associated revamp of HBO Max that launched first in the United States on May 23, 2023, shortening the service's name to Max, introducing a redesigned user interface, and adding more Discovery content, among other new series and films.
Shefik appears as a Wedding Guest in Season 2, Episode 6 of "Gossip Girl". The episode, titled "How to Bury a Millionaire", was directed by Satya Bhabha. It was released on HBO Max on December 29, 2022.
In the episode, a familiar figure blackmails Kate into ruining an important event. Obie proposes a transactional offer that would destroy his family to Gossip Girl.
- Director: Satya Bhabha
- Wedding Guest: Shefik
Last Updated: June 15, 2023