'Gossip Girl' reboot to stream in Philippines via HBO Go

The 2021 reboot of the late 2000s teen drama Gossip Girl will premiere in the Philippines via HBO Go the same time it debuts in the US on July 8.

The series takes viewers to the Upper East Side, but this time with a new generation of private school teens dominating the social scene. The series takes place nearly a decade after the first blogger's website went dark.

HBO earlier released a teaser trailer and character posters ahead of the show's premiere.

Kristen Bell reprises her role as the voice of the titular Gossip Girl, in the series that's based on the novels of Cecily von Ziegesar. Joshua Safran, who wrote and executive produced the original series, is the reboot's showrunner.

According to HBO, the new show "explores just how much social media – and the landscape of New York itself – has changed in the intervening years." It stars Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak, and Savannah Lee Smith.

Aside from Bell and Safran, several key names from the original series are also part of the 2021 reboot. Fake Empire's Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, showrunners of the original series, executive produce. They're also joined by Alloy Entertainment's Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo. Lis Rowinski of Fake Empire is the series' co-executive producer, while Eric Daman returns as costume designer.

The original Gossip Girl series debuted in 2007 on The CW. The show, which starred Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Taylor Momsen, and Ed Westwick, among others, followed students from a New York private school who are hounded by an anonymous omniscient blogger called Gossip Girl.

The series was among the most anticipated upon its release, and made further buzz thanks to its promotional campaigns, which played around with the scandal that surrounded the series. It was later dubbed the "Greatest Teen Drama of All Time" by New York magazine. – Rappler.com