Premiering Tonight: Gossip Girl

Courtesy: The CW/Michael Desmond

Gossip Girl returns tonight and the new season promises to be chock full of intriguing twists and turns for Blake Lively (Serena), Leighton Meester (Blair) and Chace Crawford (Nate). Among them: a pregnancy mystery and the introduction of a new character played by super model Elizabeth Hurley.

Hurley plays Diana Payne, an older woman with an agenda who hooks up with Nate. “She’s the Heather Locklear to Melrose Place thing,” notes Gossip Girl writer/executive producer Joshua Safran. “What’s interesting about her agenda is she’s very honest about it… She says up top, ‘This is what I want.’ So if people don’t comply, she’ll just move them and get what she wants.”

As for big plot twists, a major character turns up pregnant this season, although it remains to be seen whom. It’s the beginning of a long, complex story.

The release of Dan’s secret-bearing novel, courtesy of Vanessa who stole it and sold it to a publisher, stirs things up. “Everyone does have a reaction,” promises Saffran. “It’s not necessarily the reaction that Dan expects them to have, but it’s also not the reaction they expect to have.”

Kaylee DeFour returns to stir up trouble this season as Charlie/Ivy, the imposter who pretended to be Serena’s cousin. “She got a taste of that life that was denied the real Charlie who was actually born to it,” explains Saffran. “So the idea that she not only got a taste of it, but is maybe going to be forced back into it, is going to change the whole way of how she looks at it and how she deals with it.”

In addition, Gossip Girl, who in past seasons served mainly as a narrator, “is very much a regular this year,” shares Saffran. “People may want to learn her identity more this season. Maybe there’s someone else that’s going to use technology in a way that will threaten her.”

Gossip Girl airs Monday at 8 p.m. on the CW.

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