'Gossip Girl' Reboot: Three ways Blake Lively can be brought back to the show
The showrunner said they are looking at giving original cast not just cameos but proper storylines
As soon as it came to light that a 'Gossip Girl' reboot was in the works many fans just had one question - will Blake Lively who played the stunning Serena van der Woodsen be a part of it? The showrunners clarified that no special appearances by the main members of the original cast have been planned, at least in the first season of the reboot, to give the new cast a chance to shine on their own. Joshua Safran, the showrunner on the 'Gossip Girl' reboot, who was also a part of the original says that while some of the smaller characters may make cameos, don't expect the bigger stars to pop in just yet. He says, "We made a decision early on and I was nervous about this decision, but definitely came to believe it was right-that the audience would never accept these characters if they were in the shadow of the original characters. There isn't enough screen time. If Blair showed up for two scenes, you'd say, 'I want more Blair'.
Well, we can't argue with wanting more Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) or for that matter Serena (Blake Lively). But while the odds seem slim to nil that we will see them on the first season of the 'Gossip Girl' reboot it seems that there could be some hope for Season 2 if there is one. Safran also said, "The decision was, 'Let's get season 1 under our belt, and should we get season 2, we'll have the chance to bring in cameos that are more than glorified cameos but actually give them storylines." Since the showrunners are already thinking in that direction, we thought we'd help them out by sharing some ways we'd like to see Blake Lively back in action as Serena on the show. Here are three ways we could see Blake Lively back on the show.
1.As a mentor
Serena van der Woodsen may not have been the most stable character on 'Gossip Girl' either personally or professionally, in what was quite a troubled youth, but that's why we think she would have tons of life advice to share with the young students at Constance Billard on how to navigate the troubled teens. Considering Serena finally married Dan (Penn Badgley) and hopefully found the happiness and stability she was looking for, we're sure she can share some hard-won advice on relationships, which let's face it is probably exactly what the new bunch of teenagers need more than anything else on the show. We think a perfect setting to introduce Serena in the reboot could be an alumni meet where old students mingle with new ones. Considering Serena also tried her hands at several careers like PR, working on a movie set and even being a columnist for a while, even if her skills are a bit outdated for the extremely social media savvy set of the new crew at Constance Billard we're still sure that Serena will be interesting not just to the new characters on 'Gossip Girl' but for old fans as well.
2. In a flashback
Considering Kristen Bell is back on board in her original role-playing the narrator on 'Gossip Girl' we can already envisage some montages talking about the gorgeous girls that attended Constance Billard a little over a decade earlier. A flashback will give fans the chance to see a montage of all those fabulous moments where Serena van der Woodsen strutted her stuff down the streets of New York looking like the height of fabulousness with her collection of boots, hats, and coats to die for.
3. In a special appearance on the steps of the MET
If getting a whole scene with Blake Lively as Serena is maybe too much to ask for, well a glimpse of Serena on the steps of the MET, the Metropolitan Museum of Art should be enough to keep the fans somewhat happy. After all, an iconic New York hotspot, with one of its most iconic fictional fashion icons should be a picture-perfect moment to go down in 'Gossip Girl' history.
To find out if and when Blake Lively or indeed any of the other original cast members makes an appearance on the all-new 'Gossip Girl', watch the reboot which began streaming on July 8 on HBO Max.