Warning: spoilers forward.
By now, you’ve in all probability caught wind that the Higher East Aspect has as soon as once more been taken over by twenty-somethings taking part in teenagers of their personal college uniforms—fashionably paired with Prada boots and Telfar luggage, after all—for the brand new iteration of Gossip Woman, a continuation of the unique sequence now streaming on HBO Max.
It’s an thrilling time for followers of the unique, and within the first episode, the large reveal occurs a lot faster than it did within the unique iteration of the teenager drama sequence: Gossip Woman is—gasp—a trainer. And never simply any trainer—the digital tyrant is definitely a collective of a number of lecturers, performed by Tavi Gevinson, Adam Chanler-Berat, and Megan Ferguson. It’s a transfer which will go away viewers feeling each shocked and relieved. Now that we don’t must spend all of our time questioning who’s the mastermind behind the nameless Instagram account, we will deal with extra enjoyable issues, just like the cameos.
Within the unique Gossip Woman, the cameo appearances had been aplenty, with many socialites, supermodels, and celebrities popping as much as carry out within the background or utter one easy line. Certain, there was an look from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump (that didn’t age nicely), however the present additionally opened up visitor spots for Tinsley Mortimer, Florench Welch, Karlie Kloss, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, and extra. Whomever was the discuss of the city from 2007 to 2012 would usually discover themselves popping up on The CW present throughout its six-season run. And on this continuation of the unique Gossip Woman, the cameos are simply as enjoyable—if no more enjoyable—than the superstar appearances of the previous.
So, we’re holding a log of each superstar cameo made on this new season of Gossip Woman as new episodes are launched every week on HBO Max. Try to see what number of of those celebs you noticed.
Season 1, Episode 1: Simply One other Woman on the MTA
The very first episode of Gossip Woman will get you acquainted with Julien Calloway (Jordan Alexander) and her half-sister, Zoya Lott (Whitney Peak), a brand new attendee on the just lately merged Constance Billard and St. Jude’s personal college. The nameless Instagram account (which we additionally study is run by Kate Keller, a pissed off trainer performed by Tavi Gevinson) tries to sabotage the sisters and pit them towards one another—with Calloway’s boyfriend Otto “Obie” Bergmann IV (Eli Brown) getting caught within the center, too. And someplace in there, there’s a runway present at New York Vogue Week, revealing the most recent assortment from Christopher John Rogers, who makes a cameo through the style present.
However earlier than Julien can step out on the catwalk, she runs into Lindsay Peoples Wagner, editor of The Reduce, who tells her, “I’ve obtained my eye on you.” In the meantime, Zoya will get the seal of approval from author and Gagosian Gallery curator Antwaun Sargent. “Love that,” he says when he spies the outfit her half-sister has graciously lent her for the event, as she’s shuffled alongside to her seat on the Armory, unwittingly about to be caught up in some embarrassing drama orchestrated by Julien’s lackeys—or her publicist and picture marketing consultant, nonetheless you wish to have a look at it—Luna La (Zion Moreno) and Monet de Haan (Savannah Smith). Within the crowd on the style extravaganza, we additionally noticed Tik Tok star Marc Sebastian and Interview’s inventive director and Rihanna’s former stylist Mel Ottenberg in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-them second through the present. And did you spy singer and cellist Kelsey Lu?
Season 1, Episode 2: She’s Having a Possibly
Whereas no celebrities could have made their method to the Higher East Aspect for this week’s episode of Gossip Woman 2.0, there have been nonetheless a pair notable names that popped up right here and there. Little Zoya Lott is attempting to be all grown up, a lot to her father Nick’s dismay. And naturally, a part of the training of each younger New Yorker who’s attempting to be just a little bit wiser than their years consists of studying materials that’s actually NSFS (not secure for varsity). So, after all Zoya picks up a duplicate of Jeremy O. Harris’s Slave Play, and conspicuously reads it within the courtyard, the place everybody, together with her new “pal” Obie, her half-sister Julien’s ex. Exterior of the Gossip Woman universe, Harris has been noticed on Instagram with many members of the solid. May his Tony-nominated play’s look be omen of a cameo to come back?
And as for Audrey Hope, she’s giving herself just a little extracurricular literary training too. Hers comes within the type of Black Swans by Eve Babitz—9 tales in regards to the ‘80s and ‘90s and all the Hollywood hedonism that somebody like Audrey is actually lacking out on in her vanilla relationship with Aki (Evan Mock).
Season 1, Episode 3: Lies Broad Shut
Nicely, it lastly occurred. After months of teasing his involvement with the sequence, Tony-nominated playwright Jeremy O. Harris makes an look on the debut of his new (fictional) play—AARON: The Bloody and Lamentable Story of the Moor’s N*gga Prince—at The Public Theater when Max’s dads get entrance row tickets to the present (whereas the Wolfe offspring convinces Aki to embark on a catfishing endeavor involving his mother and father and his trainer). In fact, that’s not the one entrance row present they’re all handled to—Zoya and Obie’s relationship is in a little bit of a bind, and Julien, her dad Davis, and his new secret girlfriend (Beck from You, is that you just?) expertise a seating snafu that causes extra drama to make your head spin. (Theater connoisseurs can even acknowledge The Public’s creative director Oskar Eustis, New York 1 host Frank DiLella, and theater producer David Binder within the sequence).
However Zoya, being the theater aficionado that she is, is the one one who truly will get to speak to her playwright hero, who exhibits some particular curiosity and asks her, “Babe, who’re you?” after she defends his provocative play. May this be the start of a good looking friendship for Little Z? Or no less than a summer time internship Off-Broadway?
Season 1, Episode 4: Fireplace Walks With Z
There’s so much happening on this episode, particularly as regards to the dueling events thrown by Julien and Zoya. However what’s actually particular about this one is that it harks again to the times of the unique Gossip Woman sequence, and its musical efficiency cameos. Robyn, Girl Gaga, Florence and the Machine—they’ve all carried out on the present. This time, although, Gossip Woman 2.0 went for somebody rather less pop: Princess Nokia. Apparently the youngsters (nicely, Julien, primarily) are such large followers that the rapper evokes them to fumble their phrases in her presence. “Child, I like to occasion, however I would like you to drink some water,” she tells an unknowingly wasted Julien, who then embarrasses her sister, apologizes, and brings Princess Nokia onstage to carry out like she didn’t simply damage Zoya’s life on her birthday. How messy.
Season 1, Episode 5: Hope Sinks
It wouldn’t be Gossip Woman and not using a particular themed episode, now wouldn’t it? In episode 5 of the revival sequence, we discover Julien making amends for the birthday drama she induced for Zoya, and Luna coming round to working little Z into JC’s general model and picture. Monet, however, isn’t fairly satisfied (and neither is Audrey). However when the 2 sisters resolve to painting an iconic duo on the annual Halloween costume occasion, naturally issues get messier.
It’s not that the concept is dangerous. Quite the opposite—Luna, Julien, and Monet all agree that Zoya’s thought to decorate because the Solange to Julien’s Beyoncé and pay homage to the long-lasting Met Gala elevator incident is nothing wanting a stroke of genius. However once they arrive, they discover themselves upstaged by rivals from one other college, Pippa and Bianca, who’ve determined to point out as much as this Halloween occasion as Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen. This should be the cameo from the unique sequence that showrunner Joshua Safran teased would make an look (we had been hoping it could be Dorota), or possibly it was Nelly Yuki (Yin Chang), Blair’s educational nemesis who made an look dressed as Eva Chen. Fast-thinking Julien decides to ditch the Bey and Solange second and steal Aki and Obie’s costume fits in order that she and her sister can crash Pippa and Bianca’s pictures and one-up them as Dan Humphrey and Chuck Bass.
In fact, on the Halloween occasion, there’s a musical visitor: Tony-winning Billy Porter all dolled up performing “I Put a Spell on You” whereas accompanied by composer Marc Shaiman. This episode was for the theater youngsters. NY1 legend Pat Kiernan popped up on the display early within the episode as nicely.
Season 1, Episode 6: Parentsite
Can Obie and Zoya actually make it collectively if they’re reduce from such totally different cloths? It’s not trying possible, based on this episode. When Obie’s mother Helena (Lyne Renée) drops in from Germany, and Aki’s dad (Malcom McDowell), a conservative media tycoon à la Succession’s Logan Roy, hosts a small dinner, Zoya’s convictions get her in some sizzling water, and Audrey’s free lips let some information about her boyfriend slip.
The cameos on this episode had been minimal (until you embrace Audrey’s copy of a Joan Didion novel that she’s clutching in her fingers), however NBC Information anchor Gigi Stone Woods approaches Aki about his sexuality after his father semi-outs him on native tv information.
Season 1, Episode 7: As soon as Upon a Time within the Higher West
Lastly, we will say it: the classically messy Thanksgiving episode is again. It will merely not be Gossip Woman with out it, and the sequence creators clearly agreed, so we’re giving due to them for recognizing the significance of a topsy-turvy household gathering on the finish of November. Additional helpings of chaos, please.
And simply if you thought you’d met sufficient mother and father on this reboot, we’re lastly launched to Max Wolfe’s mother, performed by Lucy Punch. At the very least it’s clear the place he will get his mischievous spirit from now.
This text shall be up to date as new episodes are made obtainable.