Posted on Apr 22, 2011 Written by Graces

These aren’t necessarily the worst couples on TV this season (after all, Jim and Pam are missing from the list), but rather the romantic pairings whose fan followings are most disproportionate to our current interest levels. Granted, we may once been invested in their storylines at one time, but at this point we’d just wish that their respective shows would finally move beyond them.

3. Chuck and Blair (Gossip Girl)
He’s sad and lonely because she’s not paying attention to him, even though until five minutes ago he was busy hooking up with some other rich heiress. She’s sad and lonely because she kissed a Humphrey (not Jenny) and then realized that she should not be slumming at this point in her life. The only things more tiring than the UES’ most inevitable couple’s repeated on-again, off-again status changes are the contrived reasons the show keeps coming up with to keep them apart.


Posted on Apr 19, 2011 Written by Graces

Watch out, Serena (Blake Lively). There’s a new blond coming to the Upper East Side and something tells us she’s about to stir things up in a big way.

Kaylee DeFer makes her “Gossip Girl” debut on tonight’s (Apr. 18) episode, “The Kids Stay in the Picture,” as Serena’s cousin from Florida, Charlie. After watching the first two episodes back, Zap2it couldn’t miss the opportunity to hang out with DeFer backstage at the KTLA Morning Show.

“Charlie has a very difficult relationship with her mother, whose played by Sheila Kelley, and my whole life my mom told me that the Van Der Woodsens are these horrible people,” DeFer says of Charlie’s first appearance on the UES. “When I find out that my mom gets asked to come and be a part of this family photo shoot, I decide I want to come and find out for myself what it’s all about.”

The arrival of any UES newcomer begs the question: Are they good or bad? If we’ve learned anything from “GG,” it’s that newcomers usually can’t be trusted. (See: Juliet Sharpe, Jack Bass, Russell Thorpe, etc.) DeFer wouldn’t reveal too much, but tells us, “She’s different from everyone. She has her layers. She’s not just one or the other. I think that people are really going to relate to her, but things get twisted.”

Fans can expect Charlie to get caught in the show’s love… hexagon as it seems she’s going to form a connection with Dan (Penn Badgley). DeFer teases,”Well, It’s ‘Gossip Girl.’ There might be a few opportunities for that to happen.”

This wouldn’t be the first time Kaylee has played Badgley’s love interest. The two starred together on the short-lived WB series “The Mountain.” “Penn’s super easy to work with. He’s really fun. He’s such a down-to-earth real guy,” DeFer tells us of working with Badgley again. “We just kind of goofed off the whole time.”

When we asked DeFer for a finale tease, she would only say, “Charlie does end up finally coming in contact with everyone.” In the second episode back, “Petty in Pink,” airing on Apr. 25, we kind of got the vibe that Charlie may have been purposefully avoiding Dan’s ex-BFF Vanessa (Jessica Szohr). Hm… could Charlie have a secret connection to Vanessa?

Finally, DeFer tells us how she landed the part of Charlie… and which role she originally auditioned for on the CW show.

“I originally auditioned for the role that Tika Sumpter has [Raina]. The producers, Stephanie Savage and Joe Lazarov, saw my tape and they were like, ‘Oh my gosh, Kaylee! We haven’t seen her in so long,’ and I got a phone call from Stephanie saying they were writing this character and they saw my audition and thought of me,” DeFer explains. “It was a really interesting, cool, unique process where they had me in mind, wrote this character and I kind of just jumped into it. It was a huge honor. That never happens in Hollywood. It’s never happened to me at least! It was a very easy auditioning process.”

Source: Zip 2 It

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Posted on Apr 19, 2011 Written by Graces

Oh, it feels good to be back on the Upper East Side, “Gossip Girl” fans.

After a brutally long six week hiatus, our favorite guilty pleasure returned and finally ended the massive speculation on the outcome of Dan and Blair’s first kiss on Monday, Apr. 18, with “The Kids Stay in the Picture.”

Before we get to The Kiss (or lack thereof considering we didn’t actually see it. CHEAT!), let us just state we are barely going to acknowledge the whole Modern Royalty photo shoot storyline in this recap. We weren’t feelin’ it so we don’t feel like writing about it. Deal.

“TKSITP” saw a lot of action: The return of Spike’s mean vampire mother Anne Lily’s mother CeCe and husband No. 1 William Van Der Woodsen, the introduction of Carol and Charlie, Lily dealing with the fallout of turning herself in, Nate looking pretty and oh yeah, the aftermath of The Kiss.

So let’s get into it. Here are our top 10 moments and quotes from “The Kids Stay in the Picture,” waffles included. BYOS (Bring your own syrup, duh!): • Read full story »

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Posted on Apr 19, 2011 Written by Graces

Leighton Meester appears in a flowery dress on the cover of Australian teen mag, Dolly.

Leighton, 25, is quoted in the mag saying she was ‘picked on because I was a dork’ when she was a schoolgirl.

Recalling a time far different from that of her glamorous Gossip Girl character, Blair Waldorf, adds, ‘We didn’t have a ton of money, so I couldn’t say, ‘Mum, I need to have these crazy expensive jeans’.

‘I had long, tangles hair and wore baggy T-shirts.’

Source: Monsters and Critics


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Posted on Apr 18, 2011 Written by Graces

In the last original episode of the addictive CW drama “Gossip Girl” that aired in February, straight-arrow Dan (Penn Badgley) and queen bee Blair (Leighton Meester), two very different characters who have been slowly building an unstoppable attraction for each other all season, finally shared a kiss that not only wow’d the characters but also those viewers who have been patiently waiting for a coupling to commence.

Now, as the remaining episodes of the stellar fourth season begin to air tonight, the question is will we see “Dair” blossom into a new super couple on the show and how will the others react? Who are the new characters being added to an already crowded cast tonight? How does a show with such a strong base of younger viewers get away with pushing-the-envelope-sayings like “What the wuck?” Our Jim Halterman went right to the sources and rang up Executive Producers Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran to get all the answers about “Gossip Girl” and also to see how Savage’s newest project, the ABC pilot “Georgetown,” is shaping up.

Jim Halterman: Let’s jump in with the Dan and Blair pairing. How much thought went into it before you thought ‘OK, let’s go there!’

Stephanie Savage: We feel that that dynamic went back to season one. That very first episode that Josh wrote had a critical Dan and Blair bonding scene and I think when we saw the actors together we realized that even though we had created these characters to be polar opposites they actually had a lot in common. It takes a certain level of maturity and it seems like something that happens to you in college instead of high school when you can actually feel comfortable being with someone who is so different from who you thought you were supposed to be with.

JH: I feel like Blair has really come into her own this season and isn’t defined by her relationships like maybe she was in the past. Was that a goal this past year?

Joshua Safran: In episode nine this year, Blair says ‘I need to become powerful on my own before I’m attached to somebody who is powerful.’ I think that was very much a decision we had made. You have to stand alone and find the strength within yourself to be not only powerful for the world but powerful for a relationship.

SS: Blair was really put through the ringer at the end of season three so we wanted to give her her space to get grounded and find herself a little bit.

JH: You have so many characters to service but yet you introduce new characters in this first episode back. Can you talk about bringing Carol (Sheila Kelley) and Charlie (Kaylee DeFer) into the mix?

SS: Carol and Charlie are a part of this family so adding them was very organic. Aunt Carol in Miami is mentioned in the pilot so we feel like she’s always been with us and we had a great time involving her character in our flashback episode with Krysten Ritter so we knew we would always meet adult/grown-up Aunt Carol. Lily’s pending incarceration felt like the right moment for that. • Read full story »

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Posted on Apr 18, 2011 Written by Graces

Gossip Girl‘s back this week – and for the first time in a while it’s actually a pretty exciting prospect. When the show began in 2007 (that long ago!) it was genuinely exciting – full of mysteries, secrets and (relatively) racy scenes to get parents panicking. But no-one could deny that the show was the victim of a slump. Ratings fell and it became a running joke that everyone on the show had slept with everyone else, which was pretty much true. There’d even been a threesome in desperation.

And then Dan and Blair happened. When the whole idea of a Dair relationship was first mentioned, Tube Talk did a fair bit of eye-rolling. This was just the natural extension of that running joke – they were pretty much the only pair who hadn’t slept together and the writers were just going for a full set. But the thing is, the pairing was a revelation.

Who knew Dan, who is normally just sobeige, could make us excited about the show again? But the truth is, Penn Badgley and Leighton Meester have fabulous chemistry together. The fact that they’ve not really spent much time together on screen before means that it’s surprising to see them flinging witty remarks back and forth. We should probably skip over the fact that they should have spent more time together in the past – it’s just a joy to see them as a pair now.

What’s more, this was no ordinary will-they-won’t-they. B and Lonely Boy have genuinely confused feelings for each other – after pretty much despising each other since they met, it must be weird for them to realise that really they’re quite similar. Even while they were snuggling up to watch films together (or screening the same movie at the same time while speaking on the phone – too cute) they were still violently insisting that they were just friends. And then – finally, after a long, slow build-up – came the kiss. Even that wasn’t exactly the romantic fireworks moment that can be such a cliché. Instead, it was a bit of an awkward attempt to make sure they don’t have feelings for each other. Relive the moment in the video below:

Leaving them mid-kiss was both evil, and genius. Somehow, the Gossip Girl writers have managed to make us care about a relationship again, and so much so that it’s making us long for the next instalment to arrive. Chuck-and-Blair managed this for a while, but although this is probably going to get me a few angry messages, I think Dan-and-Blair is even better. For some reason, Penn and Leighton just work together. Chuck-and-Blair is probably endgame, but I hope the writers don’t listen to the Chair militants and give us some more Dair in the meantime. It’s so much more interesting.

Who knew that one relationship could revitalise a series? That’s not to say Gossip Girl doesn’t still have its problems. The Juliet plot was great (largely because Katie Cassidy is just wonderful, full stop), but once she was gone we were left with Serena mooning over Ben. To be honest, I could do without Serena going all googly-eyed over males all the time – get some self-respect, woman! This series has also benefited from the relative lack of Jenny (once a likeable character, now just annoying) and the self-righteous smugness that is Vanessa. Unfortunately, it looks like Vanessa’s going to be back in these last few episodes – let’s just hope that she lightens up a bit. Chuck’s business woes aren’t particularly interesting either, and Lily probably deserves to go to jail so there’s not much sympathy there. But Dan-and-Blair somehow manages to lift the whole show up a notch. • Read full story »


Posted on Apr 18, 2011 Written by Graces

It is So. On.

Gossip Girl returns from its two month-long hiatus tonight with the first of five all-new episodes and an answer to this burning question: Dan and Blair kissed — now what?!

Well, based on the following exclusive clip from the eppy, the smooch leads to what I can only assume will be the first of several tense encounters between Dan and B’s ex Chuck. The following scene also confirms what I long suspected: Dan has genuine feelings for his onetime nemesis.


Source: TV Line

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Posted on Apr 16, 2011 Written by Graces

I have uploaded new scan of Leighton Meester & Ed Westwick featured in April issue of “TV Guide” magazine.

A big event on Gossip Girl
Could this sneak peek at the CW drama’s season 4 finale (May 16) mean that chuck (Ed Westwick, left) and Blair (Leighton Meester, right) will have the reconciliation fans have been waiting for? Or… maybe even a wedding? Exec producers Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran are coy about the details but Safran confirms that Blair will have an engagement ring on her finger by season’s end, and that “this [photo] may or may not have something to do with that.” Adds Savage: “Blair has always been in search of her fairy tale, so the end of this season is very much about ‘What is that fairy tale?'”

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