Is Gossip Girl's Cast Outgrowing the Show?

Is the end of Gossip Girl near? Earlier this week, Ed Westwick, who plays the conniving Chuck Bass on the CW show, told British Magazine Tatler (umm... spell check, guys) that he isn't connected to his character anymore and is ready to move on to something else.

Imagine going into work and pretending to be someone you don't want to be every day. That's got to suck. Aside from the thousands of dollars he's making, the lines he skips to get into hot clubs, and the flocks of hot women who are likely pounding on his door, I feel for poor old Ed and the rest of the Gossip Girl cast. The show may have made them famous, but their celebrity has eclipsed the program that's not even pulling in a 1.0 adult demo rating.

Westwick isn't the only Gossiper publicly talking about moving on. Leighton Meester, who plays Blair Waldorf, recently said she would be leaving the show in two years, pretty much the moment her contract expires. And why not? The second she's a free agent on the market, she'll be able to take on much more high-profile work. She's got a movie (The Roommate) opening soon, she makes a ton of cash in endorsements, and she's one of Hollywood's hot young hotties. If anything, her Gossip Girl contract is weighing her down.

Both Westwick and Meester would like to strike while the iron is hot, and right now it's smoking. Of course they want to leave now, while their stock is high; lots of things can change in two years.

But should either Meester or Westwick be so vocal about wanting to get out sooner rather than later? They haven't even attempted to mask their intentions, and have both made statements as though they've already mentally checked out. If they really want out, they can take the Taylor Momsen route and just start acting all freaky; they'll be written out of the show quickly and painlessly.

Heck, even the show's creators are focusing less on Gossip Girl. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the creators and executive producers, have several new projects in the works at various networks.

The future of Gossip Girl is way up in the air, but it seems as though the cast has outgrown the show and is ready to move on. In the end, the legacy of Gossip Girl won't be what happened on the screen, it will be the stars it launched. And right now those stars are stuck.

Can you think of a way to make everyone happy, including the fans? Should Gossip Girl just set an early end date?


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without chuck and Blair the show will be boring and i won't watch it...
any way.. can you help me please i added more than 50 FB account of Ed Westwick and they are all fake.. car u give me the real plzzzzzzzz
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Of course they are; Gossip Girl is nothing but the same thing every week. These characters are not relate-able even in that setting. The show was getting better; but then it goes to the same reycled BS of countless boys for Serena; a scheme for Blair; a heart broken Lonely boy; and "Oh God something happens with Chuck's business". Do something new already! These actors are better then this program and the creators and writers DON'T SEE IT!
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i love gossip girl as much as the next person, but i'd be fine if it ended after this year. all the plots seem recycled and it just doesn't seem the same. it'd be better if they ended it big this year rather than drag it out for another year and have it be more of the same. and i think everyone on gossip girl is ready to move on, but ed and leighton are the only ones being vocal about it. they all could, as you said, take the taylor momsen route and start being freaky, but think about it. without blair and chuck, the show would be serena throwng her life away for a guy, dan being confused, vanessa being vanessa, and nate having a non-important storyline. theyd be better off ending it this year.
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There's no show without Blair and Chuck. An early end date should just be set. The schemes are always the same anyway. When they do end it... I want to know who gossip girl is.
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Without Leighton/Ed I'm not gonna watch the show. I usually fastforward through Serena's whining and Lily's scheming because it's the same thing with a different name each week. The only ones making some progress (and that said, it's very little) are Blair and Chuck. If they don't quit while they're ahead and let Leighton and Ed walk out, they are probably going to experience a major drop in ratings. GG has never been good at introducing new, long lasting characters, so there probably won't be another powercouple we love to hate/watch hate-love each other.
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This should be the last season. Else, they can cancel the show. It is so boring now. Too bad that Chair/Ed and Leighton are the only ones who can act. I like Eric/Paulo, too. Other than that, the storylines are recycled. The adults are more childlike than the children. I feel so sorry for Katie Cassidy/Juliet to be on this show. She had lots of talent in Supernatural to Melrose Place.
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I think one more season would be good. I also think that they should add some more characters to become main ones so they end the main show with the old cast and continue on with the new characters.
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How about do the Carlyle generation of gossip girl??
I also think that Leighton and Ed shouldn't be so vocal about it.
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why don't do this last season and then do like show skins or better yet the books-get new people
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I have loved the show from the beginning but I am starting to get sick of it, I want the show to go out with a bang not hang itself
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I love gossip girl, but i would rather see a final season that's well planned so they can go with their heads up, than a final season they HAD to do because no one was watching anymore and that's the only thing left to do. the storyline is getting really predictable!
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They should create 1 more season and present it as final season. Time to wrap up story-lines and to make sure the show goes off the air while all the original cast members are still on the show.
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I agree with esmoon10. It's like every time Serena meets someone new, we already know what the story is gonna bring. Blair pretty much handles a situation the way she always does.. they should change it up a little, and let the characters grow up a little.
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I wouldn't miss it if this was their last season. Never really got into it.
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I wouldn't miss the show if this would be the last season. While I enjoy watching the show it isn't the show The O.C. was for me, and sure they should have stopped after season 3 but that's common knowledge right?

Gossip Girl will be nothing without Blair or Chuck, so if these actors decide to check out, pull the plug on the whole show because Chuck and Blair are the most interesting characters on this show, and without them it will be like The O.C. season 4 or way worse.
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Umm, maybe get some better writers? Give the actors something they would want to play? It's not like the show is very realistic, so why not give the characters a better setting, like Serena getting a steady job and growing up a little, Blair rising to the top of her magazine career phenomenonally quickly or even going the dramatic route and giving the characters something that will turn them on their head and stop being so careless. What about revealing Gossip Girl and introducing her as a character or something?
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I think they need to fix Chuck and Blair's relationship, make Serena finally decide something for herself for once in her life, and make Dan a successful writer. Then they can end Gossip Girl after season 5, since every single actor clearly wants out. And I don't blame them. Not only are most of them currently poised to really do something else and make it big (bigger, at least), but the show isn't giving them anything to work with. They are stuck in the same vicious cycle story lines over and over again, so of course it's going to get frustrating.
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I think they should try and end the show the same way the books did. The majority go to college/university. The younger ones move into their own series. The author of Gossip Girl has two other series (at least) linked to the characters of Gossip Girl without involving them directly. CW should go for those books before Gossip Girl loses more of its staus...:)
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don't you mean one tree hill? I haven' ttuned in this season the first two season were good but the last two kinda a snooze. Last season was havn't watched this season. If CW keeps losing shows that channle will probably cokme to an end. got rid of LUX and series finalie for OTH and Supernatural. They don't seem to be bringing any other shows worth watching on so keep losing shows it may be bye bye CW.
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As much as I love Gossip Girl, I really hope it ends soon, and doesn't outstay it's welcome like The OC did. The show has recently become a little lifeless and the plotlines are strained at best. I think that season 4 should be it's last, so it can retire with some grace
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