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Hello Upper East Siders! Yesterday was September 19, a very special day. Why’s that? It was ten years ago, on September 19 2007, that Gossip Girl aired for the first time and instantly stole our hearts. Might be a little late on the suprise (that was meant to be up yesterday) but i finally have it ready and am very excited to share with you what we’ve been up to! To start, i’ve uploaded to our gallery screen captures from every episode of season 1! You will notice that the first two episodes are in high definition while the others aren’t, but that’s because they have only recently been released and i didn’t have the time to replace all caps. But don’t worry because during the next weeks i’ll be replacing the remaining episode screen captures with high definition caps! Not only i’ve added screen captures but also promotional photos, on set and DVD features from season 1 – Make sure to check them out in the gallery by clicking on the link bellow!

But that’s not all! We are very proud to announce our Gossip Girl page, with information on the show and Serena’s storylines. It’s still a work-in-progress and i have a lot more planned to add to the page but as of now, you will find information on Serena, quotes and detailed information on the first season of the show. To wrap up this post, i have also added excerpts from a couple of articles that were released yesterday in celebration of the 10th anniversary that i found to be quite interesting and wanted to share with all of you. Hope you enjoyed the surprise and until next time!

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VULTURE — The headline of the first reality index was: Gossip Girl: The Most Important Show of Our Time. Why? We don’t remember exactly, but mostly we called it important because we wanted to talk about it. And we were not the only ones: The internet wanted to talk about it. The commenting community that grew up around our recaps became its own entity: Every week, after the recap, we would post a recap-of-the-recap, in which the best reader comments were highlighted and dutifully tallied. And the writers of Gossip Girl read much of it — it was one of the first shows to recognize that its audience was in an active, weekly dialogue with its creators. The commenters gently shaped the show, and the show surprised its audience with how much it was willing to thrill and defy them. Creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage aggressively worked to keep it visually stunning and rhetorically inventive, and it dazzled for six straight years.

In retrospect, Gossip Girl was undoubtedly “important,” as we hyperbolically claimed after watching the pilot screener. Not just in the way that any show set in New York, about New York, becomes kind of a time capsule for the era in which it is filmed — in its case, the manic Second Gilded Age, in which the city under Bloomberg fully realized the identity it aspired to during the Sex and the City years,as a playground for the rich. A year after we started the recaps, the stock market crashed, the world met Ashley Dupré, Obama was elected, Bernie Madoff’s scheme was uncovered, and suffice it to say we were never bored again. But the Gossip Girl recap remained one of the most popular things on the site.

E ONLINE — For those fans who could really care less about shock value, the fashion was Gossip Girl’s most important and most lasting legacy. The fashion became a character on the program in and of itself. It was partly that the members of this version of the Upper East Side were rich and thus tailor-made to dress aspirationally, and partly that they just looked really, really good. There are certain shows that embody style for every era and Gossip Girl did that for the mid-aughts. It’s a testament to the costumers that one can scroll through old Google Image results of Serena van der Woodsen and still want to wear most of her outfits today. (That handkerchief during her Grand Central Station homecoming scene? How prescient!)

And even those looks that weren’t instant classics (her penchant for plaid shorts over tights comes to mind), they still elicit a warm feeling of nostalgia and the acknowledgement that it was once a moment.

VULTURE — They almost made a Met Ball story line happen.
Something on the wish list for the writers was the crown jewel of fashion parties: the Met Ball. “We got really close, but it was just too complicated and secretive to shoot at the Met Ball,” said Savage. “That would have been the brass ring of Gossip Girl episodes.” They said that the Met Ball organizers (ahem, Blake Lively’s friend) didn’t want to spoil the awe of entering the Met Ball for the attendees with a production crew. “They were adamant that the Ahh! moment when people walked through the doors could not be spoiled by a production crew having been there, even if it hadn’t aired on TV yet,” Savage said.

BUZZFEED — “Blake Lively was literally the only person I could think of for Serena. I had seen her in Accepted [a 2006 comedy co-starring Justin Long] and at that time, there were no Lena Dunhams or Zooey Deschanels — it was all about beauty and glamour, but being approachable and Blake was the ultimate It Girl. I was terrified we wouldn’t get her or they wouldn’t like her because, honestly, they show lived and died on her and I had absolutely no other ideas. And I read so many people. I think at the end of the day, we tested Blake, Katie Cassidy, who is now on Arrow, and this girl who was [Serena] on the Gossip Girl books. Not even her face, just her legs. But it made sense.

“Blake was the front-runner. We did a screen test with her and the note we got back was that she was ‘sunny California’ and they said, ‘I don’t think we’ll buy her as an Upper East Side debutante.’ And Josh said, ‘Well, Mischa Barton is from New York and I sold her as a sunny California girl; there’s no reason people won’t.’ So we did another screen test with Blake and all we did was straighten her hair to make her look a little more sophisticated, so to speak. What’s ironic is, in the pilot, she ends up having the wavy hair. From there on out, so much of the casting on Gossip Girl became about the hair because Leighton Meester is naturally blonde and the way we got her the job was we dyed her hair. Ultimately they were the best actors for it and brought something really special to their roles.”

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