“We knew we needed the show,” Ostroff (currently president of Condé Nast Entertainment) said. You have to really hit something that’s in the zeitgeist, or really going to matter to people in a way that becomes an emotional connection.
And it was even more difficult for us, because we were going after a younger, more finicky audience.”It was a perfect storm: a buzzy property, a hot creative team, and a new network.
But ’s creators and show-runners, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, already had the beaches of Newport in their rearview mirror, with their sights on a next project.
They had been sent Cecily von Ziegesar’s popular ] and its kind of crazy four-year run that we wanted to take and apply to something moving forward, and we were really excited about doing something in New York,” Schwartz said over lunch in Los Angeles this past winter.
Blair, the Veronica, inspires fear; Serena, the Betty, inspires envy. K., you can go to Columbia [University] one day a week.
And, that’s right, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner made an appearance, in a club scene filmed at the Boom Boom Room.
'I wanted to be hands-on and I want to be educated and, again, forge a connection.'And Leighton said they are determined to make sure daughter Arlo, who turns two this year, knows the value of giving back.
The actress, who is worth an estimated million, said: 'She's too little to come here today.
I remember where I was [when watching it] and what I was doing in my life.’”Viewers wanted to dress like the characters; they wanted their haircuts and jewelry and ringtones; they wanted to talk like them and listen to the music they listened to.
At some New York City private schools, the show—which featured its lead characters partaking in all sorts of illicit antics—was in fact “banned,” which of course only served, in all likelihood, to make the students want to watch it more.