A Gossip Girl Reunion Is Coming To The Orville, Of All Places

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Brace yourself for impact, Gossip Girl fans. Yes, you read the headline correctly. Two of the series' stars will be reuniting on-screen thanks to the sci-fi Fox dramedy The Orville. So which members of the Gossip Girl ensemble are sharing the small screen again? Thankfully, we do not need to call on the skills of "Gossip Girl" for the answer. The big reunion will be had between none other than the actresses who played Blair Waldorf and Vanessa Abrams.

Leighton Meester and Jessica Szohr will share the small screen again! And the television universe they will inhabit does not share much in common with the drama that plagued "Manhattan's elite" on The CW series. They will be taking their reunion to space. The particulars surrounding the pair's on-screen meeting via the Seth MacFarlane series are scarce, but the good news is that it is happening.

Details on Leighton Meester's role are not currently available, according to EW. A new recruit to The Orville's second season cast, Jessica Szohr will be a series regular in the upcoming installment. Szohr will play a new crew member on the U.S.S. Orville. It may not be the full-blown Gossip Girl reunion some may be hoping for, replete with the actors being in character as their Gossip Girl alter egos. However, it will still be cool to see the former co-stars sharing the small screen again.

The two actresses co-starred on The CW drama for four seasons. While Leighton Meester was on the show until it came to an end in 2012 with Season 6, Jessica Szohr left the series at the end of Season 4. Meester's Blair Waldorf and Szohr's Vanessa Abrams tended to have a pretty adversarial relationship on Gossip Girl. That was often thanks in large part to the complicated proximity of their respective romantic relationships. As fans will likely recall, Blair and Vanessa both dated Dan Humphrey, Chuck Bass, and Nate Archibald.

It will be interesting to see if the actresses will portray a similar dynamic to the one Blair and Vanessa shared on Gossip Girl. A love triangle in space could be tricky. And one can hope Leighton Meester and Jessica Szohr will get to play a departure from that with their Orville characters. As any fan will tell you, the twosome sharing the small screen again is a big get for The Orville. You can catch Leighton Meester and Jessica Szohr's reunion when the episode airs in 2019.

The second season of The Orville will premiere December 30 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. If you want to revisit Leighton Meester and Jessica Szohr during their time on Gossip Girl, you can currently stream the entire series on Netflix. For new television shows you can anticipate watching while you wait for The Orville to return, check out CinemaBlend's guide to TV's summer premieres.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.