'Gossip Girl' Gets Early, Post-'Top Model' Premiere
Teen drama will debut Sept. 19
Leighton Meester, 'Gossip Girl'
The CW will premiere its teen soap "Gossip Girl" on Wednesday, Sept. 19, one week earlier than scheduled, the network confirmed Monday (Aug. 6).
Thus, the show based on the popular series of books revolving around privileged private school teens will make its debut at 9 p.m. ET/PT, receiving an audience boost after the two-hour premiere of the latest season of "America's Next Top Model."
Moving the premiere a week earlier also means "Gossip Girl" won't have to debut opposite the premieres of two of fall's most promising shows, NBC's "Bionic Woman" and ABC's "Private Practice." The move also demonstrates a vote of confidence from the CW since the buzz from the pilot has been good.
"Gossip Girl" is based on Cecily von Ziegesar's books of the same name and is an hourlong drama that centers on the titular anonymous blogger who gives the scoop about the rich and spoiled teenagers living in New York's Upper East Side. Her focus shifts among the many teens who live only for drugs, alcohol, glamour, partying, backstabbing and lots of sex.
The series stars Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Chase Crawford, Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick, Taylor Momsen and the voice of Kristen Bell as the mysterious blogger. The show arrives at the CW courtesy of "The O.C." producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.