‘Gossip Girl’ Season 3 canceled by HBO Max

'Gossip Girl' Season 3 canceled by HBO Max
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Is it time to say goodbye to “Gossip Girl,” the standalone teen drama series? Continue reading to learn more.

All the viewers who tuned in to watch the show are now wondering if this is the last time they will watch it or if HBO Max will renew it for additional seasons. The second season concluded on January 26, 2023, and ended with a potentially explorable plot and character arcs. So, it is fair for the viewers who have invested their time in streaming the episodes to ask about the show’s future plans.

If you were looking forward to knowing more about the next chapter of Gossip Girl, then you have reached the right place! We at Web News Observer have listed all the crucial and latest information below.

Here is everything we know about Gossip Girl Season 3′s status with the streaming platform.

'Gossip Girl' Season 3 canceled by HBO Max

Gossip Girl Season 3: Is it renewed or canceled?

Unfortunately, HBO Max has officially confirmed that the third season of Gossip Girl has been canceled by the network after two seasons in January 2023. To be very honest, the news of cancellation isn’t surprising, as the overall reception of the series has been mixed. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 37% based on 54 critic reviews, with an average rating of 4.9/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “An ambitious misfire, Gossip Girl stutters more than it struts, stranding a stacked cast in a sumptuous sea of rudderless drama.” 

On Metacritic, the first season has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews.” On the other hand, the second season has an approval rating of 100% based on 9 critic reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. On Metacritic, the second season holds a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews.”

“We are very grateful to showrunner/executive producer Joshua Safran, and executive producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz for bringing us back to the Upper East Side and all the scandals at Constance Billard,” HBO Max said in a statement. “Although we are not moving forward with a third season of Gossip Girl, we thank them for the enticing love triangles, calculated backstabbing, and impeccable fashion this series brought to a new audience.” 

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to announce Gossip Girl will not be continuing on HBO Max,” Safran said in a message to fans Thursday morning. “Thank you for watching, and I hope you’ll tune into the finale next Thursday to see how it all comes together. xoxo,” Besides, Safran, who also worked on the CW series before spearheading the reboot, alluded that this may not be the end for the Gossip Girl franchise. “A big thank you to all the GG fans around the world. You’re the reason we came back in the first place, and who knows, maybe the reason we will meet again. Much love,” he wrote.

Take a look at some of the fan’s reactions to the sudden cancellation of the show: 

Gossip Girl: What is the series about?

If you haven’t been able to catch up with the show yet, we have listed down the crucial details about the latest first and second-season synopsis for you to get a quick glimpse into the plot, which will definitely help you to decide if you want to stream the show or not. The first season showcases, “Gossip Girl explores just how much social media and the landscape of New York itself have changed in the intervening years.

This is an extension of the pop culture classic that takes us back to the Upper East Side and finds a new generation of New York private school teens being introduced to social surveillance nine years after the original blogger’s website went dark. Part two of Gossip Girl will continue to explore just how much social media and the landscape of New York itself have changed in the intervening years.” 

As, the second season showcases, “It’s the second semester of junior year, and Gossip Girl is leaving no stone unturned in her effort to control the scandalous lives/spin the scandalous lies of Manhattan’s elite. She’s learned a thing or two from her first go-round – namely what her audience wants, they shall get. It’s time for her to turn the heat up on what’s been simmering (Julien, have you met Monet?) as well as look at her own impact, and how she can make it more catastrophic than it was before. Even if that means lying to do it. Old enemies, new allies, constantly shifting sands – this semester, there can only be one queen, and by the end of the school year, everyone will know where the bodies are buried, and just who was holding the shovel. ”  

'Gossip Girl' Season 3 canceled by HBO Max

The new Gossip Girl iteration was developed by Joshua Safran based on the bestselling novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and the original hit CW show, which was developed by Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, who executive produced the reboot alongside showrunner Safran. The series stars Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak, Savannah Lee Smith, Johnathan Fernandez, Adam Chanler-Berat, Todd Almond, Laura Benanti, Grace Duah, Megan Ferguson. In the original series, Kristen Bell is back as the narrator.

Gossip Girl is produced by Fake Empire and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Studios. The series is written, executive produced and developed by Safran of Random Acts. Executive producers also include Schwartz and Savage of Fake Empire, and Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo of Alloy Entertainment. Lis Rowinski of Fake Empire serves as co-executive producer.

In the meantime, we recommend that readers revisit the first two seasons to recall all the events, which are still available to stream on HBO in the United States and will be available to stream in 4K resolution on HBO Max as it is an exclusive series developed for the digital streaming platform. Moreover, membership on the platform costs $10 per month for the ad-supported plan and $15 per month for the ad-free option.

The viewers can choose the membership plan according to their preferences and stream the vast catalog that HBO Max has to offer its users, with TV shows and movies ranging across different genres. The series is available to watch in Asia via HBO Go. The series is available on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK. For Canada, it’s owned by Crave. In Belgium, the series was released on Streamz, and it is also available on Amazon Prime Video in India. Take a look at the official trailer for the prior seasons below:

Gossip Girl Season 1 Recap (HD) HBO Max series
Gossip Girl Season 2 "This Season On" Trailer (HD) HBO Max series

Catch up on the previous seasons, and let us know in the comments how you feel about the cancelation of Gossip Girl Season 3.