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Season 5

Spotted: Our favorite Upper East Siders scattered around the world for one sizzling summer. If you think Manhattan had enough secrets and scandals to keep me busy, just wait until you see the souvenirs our sexy socialites have brought back home with them. Looks like gossip is global as "Gossip Girl" returns for its hotly anticipated fifth season!

Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) has spent a fabulous summer with her fiancé, Prince Louis (guest star Hugo Becker), in her future kingdom of Monaco. But when Blair returns home from the holiday, this Princess-to-be will quickly learn that planning a royal wedding can be a royal pain. And the fallout from Blair and Chuck's (Ed Westwick) heartbreaking decision to let each other go isn't making life easier.

Meanwhile, Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) scored the perfect summer job in sunny Los Angeles, working for an A-list director. Being in California has clearly allowed Serena to discover a new sense of purpose, but will the return of her cousin Charlie (Kaylee DeFer), in actuality a struggling actress Aunt Carol paid to impersonate her daughter, threaten to ruin everything? Only time will tell.

Chuck Bass and Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford) enjoyed a hedonistic summer trip around the globe but when they stop in Los Angeles to visit Serena, things quickly spin out of control. Nate falls into bed with a sexy and mysterious older woman, Diana Payne (guest star Elizabeth Hurley), who has more in store for him than he knows. And a seemingly carefree Chuck is chasing down exotic adrenaline rushes that might put his life in real danger.

After a relaxing summer in the Hamptons, Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), has his whole world shattered when he discovers that Vanessa has gone behind his back and found an editor to anonymously publish his autobiographical novel, INSIDE. Dan's terrified of all his friends and family reading his critique of New York high society, but will he say no to the fame and fortune that comes with being a published author? It's anybody's guess.

So watch out Upper East Siders, this season nobody's safe, and everybody's going to be sorry ... XOXO Gossip Girl.

Season 4

Spotted: Our beloved Upper East Siders, all grown up and graduated. Though high school may be behind them, a future of love, scandal and, of course, secrets awaits.

Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) spent her summer in Europe. But it wasn't her shopping sprees that made her the new darling of the paparazzi. As the first day of Brown approaches, Serena will have to decide whether she's ready to give up her new life as a celebutante to begin another as a college freshman. And a visit from bad boy Carter Baizen (guest star Sebastian Stan) will uncover the real reason for her transformation.

Meanwhile, Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) finally declared their love for each other. But this isn't a couple that would ever be content spending their summer holding hands at the movies. And how they spent their summer may be the thing that saves them or the wedge that drives them apart.

Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) traded in her Brooklyn loft for an Upper East Side penthouse when her dad, Rufus (Matthew Settle), got engaged to Lily van der Woodsen Bass (Kelly Rutherford). It's the perfect address for the new Queen Bee of Constance Billard. But just because Blair gave Jenny that title doesn't mean the other girls at school aren't going to fight for it. And will Jenny be willing to pay the price it takes to be queen?

Things are looking up for Dan (Penn Badgley). NYU is the perfect place for this high school geek to redefine himself. But a return visit from "friend" Georgina Sparks (guest star Michelle Trachtenberg) will make things more than a little bit complicated.

Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford) has found a new flame, southern belle Bree Buckley (guest star JoAnna Garcia). Unfortunately, her family and Nate's family despise each other. Will they be able to conquer their family rivalries? Were Romeo and Juliet?

Brooklynite and NYU freshman Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr) has been spending a lot of time with a mysterious stranger. But this stranger may be more of an insider than anyone can guess.

Season 1

The privileged prep school teens on Manhattan's Upper East Side first learn that Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") is back in town the way they learn all the important news in their lives—from the blog of the all-knowing albeit ultra-secretive Gossip Girl. No one knows Gossip Girl's identity, but everyone in this exclusive and complicated vicious circle relies on her text messages for the latest scoop.

Serena's closest friend, Blair (Leighton Meester, "Surface"), is just as surprised as everyone else on "Gossip Girl" to find that Serena has suddenly ended her self-imposed exile to boarding school and returned to Manhattan. The tension between Blair and Serena isn't lost on Gossip Girl, who is determined to uncover and fuel any and all scandals. Does it involve Serena's brother Eric (Connor Paolo, "One Life to Live"), Blair's boyfriend Nate (Chace Crawford, "The Covenant") or Nate's buddy Chuck (Ed Westwick, "Children of Men")? Maybe it has something to do with Dan (Penn Badgley, "John Tucker Must Die") and his sister Jenny (Taylor Momsen, "Spy Kids 2," "How The Grinch Stole Christmas"), whose middle-class background keeps them on the fringes of this exclusive clique on "Gossip Girl."

Even the parents on "Gossip Girl"—from Serena's mother Lily (Kelly Rutherford, "Melrose Place"), a former ballerina/rock-groupie, to Nate's high-powered father Howie "The Captain" Archibald (Sam Robards, "The West Wing"), to Dan and Jenny's dad Rufus (Matthew Settle, "Brothers and Sisters"), a former rocker turned art gallery owner— are aware that their sons and daughters are constantly checking their Sidekicks to read Gossip Girl's latest sightings and overheard tidbits. Overriding all the shifting friendships, jealousies and turmoil in this wealthy and complex world, the central mystery remains—Who Is Gossip Girl?

Based on the popular series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, "Gossip Girl" is produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Paramount Television Inc. Josh Schwartz ("The O.C.") & Stephanie Savage ("The O.C."), Bob Levy and Leslie Morgenstein ("Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") are executive producers. Mark Piznarski ("Veronica Mars," "Friday Night Lights") directed the pilot for "Gossip Girl."


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