Exclusive: ‘Gossip Girl’s’ Stephanie Savage gives the Chuck-Blair-Nate goods
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It’s the moment so many of you have been waiting for, begging for, blogging for, bitching for…All “Gossip Girl” die hards are well aware that we’re hanging on the precipice of graduation and meeting Dan and Serena’s half sibling and of course the “Gossip Girl” spin off. And we will get to all that in due time. But I think I’d be risking an internet lynching if I didn’t deliver the big news right now. What’s the deal with the Chuck-Blair-Nate triangle? Will it be but a blip in the total “Gossip Girl” time line as I promised weeks ago. Well, yes. The short answer is yes. I spoke with executive producer Stephanie Savage on Friday, as many of you already know, and what I took from our talk is, though this Blair-Nate pairing won’t go away next week, and you will have to live with it for a time, the two are not exchanging rings.
“We are definitely out there [online], kind of listening to what people are saying. We are very aware there is a lot of interest in having the Chuck and Blair story come to fruition… and that’s what we’re thinking about right now,” Savage told me. And what exactly does “right now” mean? Well, “GG” season two has already wrapped and when I asked Stephanie to clarify, she did say Chuck-Blair would be a top priority for season three… and as long as the writers manage to drum up the same heat that Chuck and Blair had in the backseat of that limo when they begin writing for fall, I’d say the show is on track.
But does that mean Blair and Nate — What are we calling them now? Nair? ‘Cause they stink? — will be a big part of year two’s five remaining episodes? Sounds like it. “They have a little run,” Savage revealed. “I don’t want people to not be invested in that story because I think that when the Nate and Blair story finally ends, people will understand that it was necessary growth for both of the characters. They come out in a different place.”
So the lady’s got a plan, you guys. It’s all going to work out and, actually, she can even explain the reasoning behind this Nate and Blair reunion and why it makes sense right now: “It felt like, given the history that they had — when we met Blair, her whole story for the first half of the first season was very much about them feeling like they were destined to be together — it is very realistic. Especially since Blair has been feeling insecure lately — she’s found out that she’s not getting into Yale, her life isn’t going to end up like she thought it would and she’s kind of off the path she’d planned — Nate offers security, familiarity, and just kind of that nostalgia for that vision of herself that she had as a young girl, wanting to see that come to fruition as high school culminates. This is your high school boyfriend, this is who you always dreamed about finishing high school with. And when that dream presents itself, it’s going to be pretty appealing.”
Makes sense to me. But for those still worried the show is simply stalling on Chuck and Blair and that “Gossip Girl” will forever avoid a relationship between the two till we hit the series finale, there is more promising news.
When I asked Stephanie whether or not a Chuck-Blair pairing could work without tanking the drama, she seemed pretty confident that it would: “We think we had good success on [our first series] “The O.C.”, for example, with the Seth and Summer storyline, where they were really together as a couple for the vast majority of the show. We told stories where they were having issues and they were having obstacles, but in the context of them as a couple. So it’s not necessarily the case that once a couple comes together, they stop being interesting or stop being able to generate story.” Satisfied? This is all good, no?
And in the meantime, as Chuck has to wait out the whole my-best-friend-is-banging-my-girl storyline, the Vanessa thing will continue for a bit. But Savage explained that it certainly won’t have the same resonance as the Blair-Nate situation. And yes, I know some of you are disgusted by the temporary coupling of Chunessa, but come on, don’t you think it’s even just a little hot? They come from two completely different worlds and perspectives, they despise each other, and yet they’re finding comfort in one another while on common ground for the first time. You can at least agree that this is better than Chuck Basshole chasing after some stupid secret nanny prostitute or whatever that whole thing was, right?
Also, Stephanie told me she and her writing staff have not forgotten the fact that Nate and Chuck are supposed to be loyal to each other, given their longstanding friendship. Apparently the two boys have a very sweet story which will play out at the end of the season as they “kind of figure out the Blair of it all.” That’s a direct quote.
As for the whole Uncle Jack Bass-Blair of it all, the ball was not dropped on that storyline after all and will, in fact, come to full blossom in “Gossip Girl”‘s season finale. What happened — and as Stephanie told me, this is some good behind the scenes scoop — is the writers had originally planned for the big “what went down with Jack & Blair on New Years” reveal to play out in an episode earlier this year. The scene with Chuck finding out was even shot and partially shown in a preview for that episode. But when the producers watched the cut of it, they just felt like it wasn’t dealt with properly. It seemed as though an important piece of drama was being rushed through, so they ultimately decided to hold that information back and get a bigger story out of it at the end of the year. Mystery solved. So, thoughts?
SERENA RETURNS FROM SPAIN — Serena (Blake Lively) returns from her trip to Spain with Poppy (guest star Tamara Feldman) and Gabriel (guest star Armie Hammer). Blair (Leighton Meester) makes a secret deal with Nate’s (Chace Crawford) grandfather, William (guest star James Naughton), and Nate learns some disturbing information about his father’s arrest. Dan (Penn Badgley) takes a job as a cater-waiter to earn money for college, but is distressed when he discovers the gig is a Passover seder at the Waldorf penthouse and several of his friends and family are guests. Taylor Momsen, Ed Westwick, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle also star. John Stephens directed the episode written by Amanda Lasher (#221).CW
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Darn you, promo monkeys! Always with the misdirection! But we can save our OMGs on this one, because Serena did not get married for reals.
When does Georgina return to Gossip Girl?
Georgina returns April 27 and sticks around for the last four episodes of the season (the finale is on May 18). Georgina may have become a good Christian girl, but Michelle Trachtenberg teases that she’s still causing her fair share of trouble, “Her last name is Sparks, so sparks will fly.” Michelle adds that she is “causing quite a stir, as Georgina does,” before the end of the season. Why kind of stir? Well, sources whisper that Blair had better beware. (Eeee!) Source: Kristin on E!Online
The season finale will have multiple cliffhangers, one of which may include an appearance by Rufus and Lily’s presumed dead love child. (Michael Ausiello)
Season 2, Episode 23: Lovechild
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Season 2, Episode 25: The Curious Case of Bart Bass
Ed Westwick is almost as crafty as the sly cad he plays on “Gossip Girl.” So, getting any kind of scoop from the British actor about the fictional life he leads as Chuck Bass on the CW drama is a nearly impossible task.
“Well, you know, we like to keep our audience on their toes,” he told MTV News about the current bed-hopping ways of the show’s New York City teens. “We just shot the finale for the season, and there’s an interesting conclusion. A happy one, I hope everyone will think.”
Westwick, who is currently dating co-star Jessica Szohr (Vanessa) in real life, also wouldn’t say whether Chuck and Blair (Leighton Meester) will eventually rekindle their flame.
“I can’t reveal these kinds of things,” he said, advising fans, “Watch! Watch. You have to watch!”
Although he knows how his own character will finish out the season, Westwick is apparently still in the dark about the soapy details of with Lily and Rufus’ presumed-dead secret lovechild. “I don’t know what’s going on,” he said, before warning us, “I’m not revealing anything, you know. You’re not gonna get me.”
Westwick was more open to talking about his ink, especially the “Heartbreak Hotel” tattoo that has captivated fans’ interest after he showed it off in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. “Elvis Presley,” he said of the inspiration for it. “That’s one of my old ones. Would have thought you would have mentioned one of the new ones. You’ll have to wait and see [them] when my shirt comes off in a photo shoot.”
‘Gossip Girl’s’ Nate & Switch…
There’s no new “Gossip Girl” this coming Monday, but this should help satiate your Upper East side appetite. Makes boring Nate look kind of not boring at all, no?
New ‘Gossip Girl’ Guide: ‘Nate and Switch’
on which girls Nate has been kissing in past.While having a story of Nate-Blair-Chuck, ‘Gossip Girl’ give an insight
A new edition of Gossip Guide for “Gossip Girl” has been released. Called “Nate and Switch”, the speak of the week is the adventurous love life of Nate Archibald who has been with almost all the girls in the series. In the first season, Nate started out as the boyfriend of Blair but had an affair with Serena. Post separated from Blair, Nate met Vanessa and dated her. In the second season, a twist of fate also brought Nate to Jenny’s arm and it caused a love triangle between them and Vanessa.
In the up and coming episodes, Nate will be fighting for his chance to get back to Blair since he knows that Chuck is also taking her heart. The synopsis for the April 20 episode is “When Blair and Chuck team together to expose Serena’s new beau, Nate sees a bond between them and tries to compete with Chuck by asking Blair to move in with him, which causes rivalry between the two and starts a game of ‘Who Will Win The Waldorf’ with unexpected results.”
Gossip Girl 2.21 “Seder Anything”
Preview of ‘Gossip Girl’ 2.21: Serena Elopes
Looks like Serena is having trouble that requires the intervention of the law in the next ‘Gossip Girl’.
Serena might be in for the hugest mistake in her life. During a crazy night out, she said “si” to her new beau, which means that a marriage was happening. Also in the upcoming episode of “Gossip Girl“, Blair and Chuck team together to expose Serena’s new boyfriend. The bond between Blair and Chuck prompts Nate to ask Blair to move in with him, a competition that would soon expand to a game of “Who will win the Waldorf?” that ends with unexpected result. The catty Georgina Sparks and Aaron Rose’s father Cyrus are back. About her come back to the Upper East Side, Michelle Trachtenberg who plays Georgina, said previously, “I think there are definitely evil elements that Georgina can never leave behind, but you will be seeing a different, let’s say reformed, side of Georgina.” Meanwhile, in a previous casting report Armie Hammer has been cast to be the new love interest of Serena named Gabriel Serrano. This would be the kind of man that she never dated before, a European gentleman. However, Gabriel has met Serena’s friend Poppy Lifton first before her. The character will stay at least for three episodes.