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‘Gossip Girl’ reboot: How to watch in South Africa

Andile Sicetsha - 10.06.2021

Gossip Girl is back with Manhattan’s snobs ready to thrill with another season of rich people problems.

A new dawn has risen for this new group of Manhattan snobs and if this trailer is anything to go by, then Gossip Girl promises to ring out all the rage when it premieres next month.

Gossip Girl trailer: What to expect from the reboot

HBO Max had social media in a frenzy when the streaming service dropped the official trailer to the reboot of this classic TV series. Returning in an era where the world largely exists in a digitised void, Gossip Girl did a piece of work in refining its storyline to fit the norms of the social media age.

The series picks up nine years after the events of the previous showing. This time around, Kristen Bell (stars as Blair Waldorf) anchors the reboot with her narration, while a slew of new faces take on the dramatic twisting tribulations of private school Constance Billard.

This is the official Gossip Girl synopsis, provided by HBO Max:

“Nine years ago, the original Gossip Girl website shut down. But after a new generation of New York’s young elite takes control of private school Constance Billard, the notorious blogger remerges as the number one source into their scandalous lives.”

Who are the main cast members?

The reboot will introduce legacy fans of the show to new faces. This orientation, however, will be soothed by the familiar voice of Waldorf whose narration will be the thread that knits the storyline together.

Here is a list of the show’s main cast members:

  • Kristen Bell as Gossip Girl;
  • Jordan Alexander as Julien Calloway;
  • Emily Alyn Lind as Audrey Hope;
  • Evan Mock as Aki Menzies;
  • Whitney Peak as Zoya Lott;
  • Lyne Renée as Helena Bergman;
  • Megan Ferguson as Wendy; and
  • Donna Murphy as Headmistress Burton

How to watch Gossip Girl in South Africa?

Gossip Girl is slated to return to small screens on Thursday 8 July 2021, exclusively on HBO Max.

This streaming service is not available in South Africa as yet. However, this doesn’t mean Mzansi’s techie netizens can’t tune into the show when it premieres.

The simplest way to avoid missing out on Gossip Girl is subscribing to a well-reputed virtual private network (VPN). This software hides your computer’s IP address and cloaks it with a mask that tricks the browser into thinking that the request comes from another location.

In essence, a VPN can make a browser think your connection is pinging from the United States, from the comfort of your basement in Cape Town, South Africa.

With a reputed VPN subscription activated, South Africans can download and sign up to HBO Max for a maximum monthly premium of R205 ($14.99).