Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the, uh, attempted coup being perpetrated by ranking Republicans in the U.S., it is—to put it mildly—not the most chill time to be a sentient human being. When I’m not doomscrolling for the latest-breaking political news, I’m frantically Googling “COVID vs. cold symptoms,” and it’s all weighing a bit more heavily as the days get shorter and the temperature drops.

All of that might help explain why, when I saw that brand-new photos had surfaced of cast members from the Gossip Girl reboot lounging insouciantly on the Metropolitan Museum of Art steps, I felt like Christmas had come early.

The long-awaited reboot, which stars Emily Alyn Lind, Tavi Gevinson, Thomas Doherty, Adam Chanler-Berat, and Zión Moreno, is certainly shaping up to be more racially and ethnically diverse than its predecessor—although, to be fair, that wouldn’t be a particularly difficult goal to accomplish.

The essential je ne sais quoi of the show, though, appears to remain intact; as I analyze the recently surfaced cast photos, I can only imagine this group of attractive young people being extremely mean to me if I happened to be on the C train with them (not, of course, that any of the OG Gossip Girl crew would have done something as grossly quotidian as riding the subway).

Is a brand-new season of a rebooted CW show going to fix any of the problems going on in the world? Absolutely not, but it might provide many of us with a brief return to a time when the only thing we had to worry about was whether Serena actually killed that guy.

Source: vogue.com