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Gossip Girl CANCELED by HBO Max: Streamer Abandons Reboot, Drops Season 3

HBO Max has kickstarted its Gossip Girl revival after just two seasons on the streaming service.

The cancellation, which ends hopes for a third season for the drama, was announced on Thursday.

Showrunner Josh Safran shared the news in an Instagram post Thursday morning, in which he said the series was looking for a new home.

The remake of Gossip Girl, which featured an all-new cast, failed to live up to the reputation of the original series starring Blake Lively and Leighton Meester and was panned by mainstream television critics.

No more gossip: HBO Max announced it canceled Gossip Girl after just two seasons on Thursday.  The show did not live up to critical expectations;  still from the series

No more gossip: HBO Max announced it canceled Gossip Girl after just two seasons on Thursday. The show did not live up to critical expectations; still from the series

Safran developed Gossip Girl based on the popular novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, as well as the original series, which aired on The CW for six seasons from 2007 to 2012.

The original show was developed by Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, both of whom served as executive producers on the new version.

The second season of Gossip Girl has yet to conclude on HBO Max, with the finale set for January 26th.

“We are so grateful to showrunner/executive producer Joshua Safran and executive producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz for bringing us back to the Upper East Side and all the scandals at Constance Billard,” read a statement released by HBO Max.

It's Not Over Yet: Gossip Girl's Second Season Has Yet To End On HBO Max, With The Ending Set For January 26

It’s Not Over Yet: Gossip Girl’s Second Season Has Yet To End On HBO Max, With The Ending Set For January 26

‘While we are not moving forward with a third season of Gossip Girl, we thank them for the seductive love triangles, calculated backstabbing and impeccable fashion that this series has brought to a new audience.’

Interest in the new Gossip Girl was initially high among fans, but it quickly petered out.

The show initially set a record for the most-watched opening weekend for a new HBO Max series when it premiered in July 2021, but viewer interest quickly waned.

Gossip Girl was also deemed a pale imitation of the original by many critics.

The first season scored just a 31 percent poor rating on Rotten Tomatoes when polling top television critics, and while the second season was rated higher, significantly fewer critics bothered to cover it.

In a representative review for USA Today, Kelly Lawler criticized the reboot as a “stunning flop”.

“It’s a slog, full of obnoxious acting, atrocious writing, and twists that border on the sociopath,” she wrote, after noting that none of the original on-screen talent has returned, despite being named in the new series. .

Panned: Season One scored just a 31% poor rating on Rotten Tomatoes when polling top television critics

Panned: Season One scored just a 31% poor rating on Rotten Tomatoes when polling top television critics

Pale Imitation: In a representative review for USA Today, Kelly Lawler lambasted the reboot as a 'stunning flop' and criticized its 'nasty acting, atrocious writing, and plot twists that border on sociopathic';  the cast seen in july 2021

Pale Imitation: In a representative review for USA Today, Kelly Lawler lambasted the reboot as a ‘stunning flop’ and criticized its ‘nasty acting, atrocious writing, and plot twists that border on sociopathic’; the cast seen in july 2021

However, the original narrator, Kristen Bell, returned for the last show.

On Instagram, Safran announced the cancellation of Gossip Girl with the ‘heaviest of hearts’.

‘The EPs and I will be forever grateful to the network and the studio for their faith and support; the writers for their devious brains and deft talent; the superstar cast for being the greatest of collaborators and friends; and the team for their hard work, dedication and love for the project,” he wrote. ‘This was honestly the best set I’ve ever worked on, top to bottom.’

Though he said they were trying to buy Gossip Girl in hopes that another network would fund a third season, he admitted it was an “uphill battle.”

“So if this is the end, at least we come out on the highest of highs,” he added.

Safran concluded with a postscript thanking Gossip Girl fans around the world.

‘You’re the reason we got back together in the first place, and who knows, maybe the reason we’ll meet again. Much love,” she added.

Trying to save it: On Instagram, showrunner Josh Safran shared the news of the cancellation and said he was looking to buy the show, though another network was unlikely to pick it up.

Trying to save it: On Instagram, showrunner Josh Safran shared the news of the cancellation and said he was looking to buy the show, though another network was unlikely to pick it up.

Lately, Warner Bros. is on the rise, and streamer HBO Max has canceled several shows and even removed old properties from its streaming service.

However, Gossip Girl’s cancellation is believed to be a response to viewers’ lack of glow, rather than an attempt to cut costs, according to Deadline.

On the other hand, another Pretty Little Liars revival apparently managed to hype up its original fan base more than Gossip Girl did.

The series followed a group of privileged high school students attending a prestigious private school nearly a decade after the original Gossip Girl blog was silenced.

This time, a group of teachers revives the gossip site as an Instagram account as they try to incite the gossipy students who make their lives difficult.

New Generation: The series followed a group of privileged high school students attending a prestigious private school nearly a decade after the original Gossip Girl blog went down;  still from Gossip Girl

New Generation: The series followed a group of privileged high school students attending a prestigious private school nearly a decade after the original Gossip Girl blog went down; still from Gossip Girl

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