'Gossip Girl' scoop: EP talks special 'Sleep No More' episode, 'surprising romantic twists' -- EXCLUSIVE


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Gossip Girl is going to the theater — but not to just any show.

A very special Nov. 14 episode will find the gang attending Sleep No More, the provocative live show that contains elements of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. “It took months to get it together,” executive producer Josh Safran tells EW exclusively of the super-secret filming of the episode. “It was incredible to use their space, their actors… the whole thing. We like to do a masked ball every year, and this just dials it up so many notches. We were very much attuned to keep Sleep No More‘s secrets. At the same time, they were also really helpful in letting us utilize stuff that they maybe normally wouldn’t. We shot there for two days — several of the rooms, different floors.”

Sleep No More, known for its dark tone and unconventional approach to theater entertainment, also provided a perfect backdrop to tell a twistier story, Safran said. “Unlike our previous masquerade balls, there’s blood; it’s darker. There’s Lady Macbeth, there’s Macbeth. It’s a little more twisted than usual, and that episode also holds in it so many surprising, romantic twists … It’s sort of a big, sexy, blood, everything-comes-to-a-head kind of an episode.”

For Safran, the chance to go a little darker is a perk that comes with having young adult characters. “They’re older. Now we can go to these dark places,” he says. “The episode is still very fun, by the way. In fact, in some ways, it’s probably even more fun than a usual masquerade ball for us because it’s all of these characters connecting and missing each other.  It’s really sort of allowed us a broader range of emotions for the characters in a weird way — they’re dealing with adult issues. It’s sort of a big turning point episode for everybody.”

Including, he teases, Gossip Girl herself! “I don’t mean as a person, I mean as an idea,” he clarifies. “[But] Gossip Girl becomes a part of the plot in a major way that episode.” In sum, he says, “Even if you haven’t [seen Sleep No More], it’s fun if you’re just a fan of Gossip Girl because they really kind of all perfectly-matched worlds.”

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  • Juice

    Bring back GG recaps PLEASE!

    • Maria

      I second that

  • Darius

    Coming from a Gossip Girl fan, this season has been beyond disappointing.

  • Emily

    LOL, I love how he spoke a lot but didn’t really tell me anything. I am interested to see how Macbeth coincides with the stories of the characters. Fingers crossed real tight there’s some good Chuck and Blair in this episode. I’ve really missed them this season.

    …You wouldn’t happen to have gotten any good ingo on them that you can share, have you, Sandra? Pretty please? With cherries on top?

    • Emily

      Obviously by “ingo,” I meant info, but I suck. Still: my bowing and scraping still stands, Any info on Chuck and Blair would make you a goddess in my eyes. Chuck was so wonderful in the Chuck/Louis scene that I just wanted to hug him. Is there any hope for him to get closer to Blair again in the next few episodes, despite her baby and engagement?

    • Lailana

      Season 2 had it’s ups and downs, I thought. A few of the eediosps had some pretty awesome scenes, in my horribly biased fangirl opinion I haven’t seen all of Season 3 yet; I’m watching it as it airs on Syfy. So I won’t read that post yet since I don’t want spoilers! But I did look at some other stuff on your site, and once I’m done watching Season 3 I’ll be back to check out that post.Thanks for the comment!

  • Carrie

    Gossip Girl has been kind of missing that special thing and I think it’s because there’s so little Chuck and Blair this season. It just doesn’t feel right without them.

  • Meg

    Thanks for the article, but can we get a Chuck and Blair scoop because I really need it to continue watching GG.

  • Crista

    This episode sounds a little warped. I’m not sure I’m that interested. With this wedding stuff and no Chair interaction this season is a bit of a dud.

  • Sandra

    So that’s 5.07 and the episode where Blair has a dream? Sounds exciting, and I hope some of the romantic twists include Chair!

  • Jenna

    Why am I not excited for Gossip Girl this year…..oh, yeah, because Blair and Chuck have had a total of 3 minutes together. Thanks Sandra but I’m not into Safran’s Gossip Girl these days.

  • BLM

    Is it wrong of me to hope the “blood” mentioned is the miscarriage of Blair’s baby and that awful storyline? Yeah, probably.

    • Emily

      Ugh, that’s exactly what I thought, too! But then he promised the episode would be fun, and I thought there’s NO WAY he’s that sick…

    • leigh

      I doubt that considering in 5.10 filming pictures she’s pregnant still.

      Chuck and Blair have not been in too many scenes and thus the show hasn’t been great.I hope we get scenes here

    • Angel

      lol, awful, maybe, but man I so agree. I don’t want to see Blair Waldorf anywhere near a baby, to be honest. Blair Waldorf and mommy duties? ugh, noooo.

  • Moll

    Dying to find out about CB in this episode!!! Awww, how much I miss them. Gossip Girl lost its spark without them.

  • Jenkins

    I fear anytime Safran says fun. His idea of fun was last years mess of a season and this season isn’t any better off. Get it straight GG, we want Chair not boring wedding or boring dan

    • Hati

      * At concerts, the Grateful Dead let atteednes tape their music at no charge. It became a culture where they had a loyal following and they made their money from concert sales and merchandise, rather than relying on the conventional sales of recordings. * The music industry uses free in radio stations and social sites like youtube. Music needs to be heard, before anyone will make a purchase. People link to the songs to share them with friends. That viral spread is what gets the songs in front of people, so that people want to buy them. * The last is Miss Aniela. Look her up on Flickr. She is a pop icon. She does self portraits of herself that are beautiful. Shes quite good and is well known for her work. Her work has become so popular that companies pay her to wear their goods in the images she creates. Product placement. She also sells the works in galleries and has books of her work and does quite well. Its quite a business model that works due to visibility and the viral spread with the attribution that CC allows.

  • Lisha

    He said this season would be “fun” and “light” and as a Blair and Chuck fan I’m not seeing that right now. Is anyone really caring about the wedding? I’d rather they build CB. Best thing is Chuck growing that’s it.

  • Chris

    I love that they filmed there and I’m excited for that! I’d be even more excited if it included Chuck and Blair. They are needed!!!! And this type of set up is perfect for them!

    Josh has really mastered the idea of saying everything without say anything at all lol. Please more Chair!

  • Sy

    Where are the GG recaps anymore?

  • MSC

    Macbeth and Lady Macbeth? All I can think of is Chuck and Blair in that reference.
    Blair better not lose the baby and that baby better be Chuck’s not that boring prince.

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