Tuesday, March 4, 2008
I xoxo This Show!
Imagine escaping, for an hour a week, to the Upper East Side of Manhattan to explore the lives of the filthy rich and (deliciously) morally reprehensible. Being a fly on the wall taking in the betrayals, make up sessions, make-out sessions and fabulous outfits. No need to worry, kids, Gossip Girl is that fly on the wall and she will hook you up.
I admit that I have a soft spot in my heart for teen drama - there's something so John Hughes about them - and my love affair with Manhattan is long and well established. It also doesn't hurt that the star of Gossip Girl is Blake Lively who is quite possibly the most charming young woman on the planet. Throw in a vicious social climber best friend, a super sweet "outsider" boyfriend from Brooklyn (aka. Siberia) and a supporting cast that includes (among others) a sociopath with a penchant for date rape, a nosy sister, a suicidal brother, and more skeletons in the closet than there are shopping at SAKs and you have the recipe for the perfect escape.
Though Gossip Girl herself never makes an appearance, she narrates the action in the guise of a website dedicated to tracking the ins and outs of life in the most prestigious prep school in New York. If you have trouble placing the voice think Veronica Mars & Heroes and you'll figure it out.
The episodes are currently in re-runs (not sure if there will be any new episodes this year) but I encourage you to seek them out. It's never to late to jump in - just click here and read all about the episodes you've missed. You'll thank me, and hey, have I ever steered you wrong?
xoxo Gossip Guy
photo credit: Andrew Eccles/The CW