Blake Lively and Penn Badgley, Gossip Girl
Take that, Nielsens. Turns out the mighty ratings system has met its match in a plucky little lady named Gossip Girl (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET, CW). She may not have the biggest numbers, but raging word of mouth, mad style and a rules-rewriting DVR draw have made the CW's snazzy adaptation of the novels — Dynasty, 90210 by way of the Big Apple — the stuff teen dreams are made of. And that's the sort of rep every girl would die for.
1. It's the smartest ensemble this side of Fashion Week. Teen soaps usually have one weak link (no names, please!), but not in this cast. Blake Lively, as sassy Serena van der Woodsen, lives up to her name; Leighton Meester's broken-doll sadness saves Blair from bitch cliché;
Chace Crawford, Gossip Girl
Spotted: S and B's common thread, N, chatting with TVGuide.com outside school. Is B jealous when she hears her man drop S' name to the online reporter? OK, so that's not exactly how it went, but we did talk to Gossip Girl's (Wednesdays, 9 pm/ET, CW) Chace Crawford about S and B and all that comes with attending an Upper East Side private school. He also shared some scoop on Nate's heated family drama, a Thanksgiving you won't want to miss, and a guest star in tonight's episode that he's really excited about.
TVGuide.com: OK, I'll admit it, I'm addicted. This show is such a guilty pleasure.Chace Crawford: Hey, that's what I like to hear! I'm even impressed with everything that [I've seen].
TVGuide.com: It's funny to see this teenage hierarchy in Manhattan, because I live in New York, but I never went
On Wednesday night, CW's top-rated series, America's Next Top Model, showed double-digit growth last season and was the No. 1 show in its time slot with women 18-34. Next season, America's Next Top Model will stay in its 8-9 pm berth, followed by the new drama Gossip Girl from 9-10 pm. From The O.C. producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, Gossip Girl is based on the best-selling young-adult book series of the same name. The show features an ensemble cast of new and veteran actors, including Blake Lively (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and Leighton Meester (Surface), and chronicles the struggle for social supremacy among teens in a posh Manhattan prep school. The fun, sexy and dramatic hour is a perfect companion piece for Top Model's strong female audience, making Wednesday "Girls Night In" on The CW. On Thursday television's most competitive night Smallville and Supernatural deliver a solid mix of male and female viewers. On Friday, the wildly popular ...
Despite reports that America Ferrera is being forced to reprise her role in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, a producer of the sequel insists theres nothing ugly about the negotiations. The full truth of the story is that America was ambivalent at first, says Alcon Entertainment producer Andrew Kosove. But shes very pleased with the screenplay and much more comfortable about her involvement now. Shooting will begin June 2 in Greece for Ferrera and cast mates Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel and Blake Lively, who play a group of girlfriends bonded by a special pair of jeans. If the film series follows that of the books, two additional sequels may be in store. But Kosove says, At some point the actresses really will be too old to play these characters. I think honestly that was some of the ambivalence at this stage. reporting by Bekah Wright