'Gossip Girl' Starts Eating Itself

Gossip Girl decides to go after... Gossip Girl.

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After several weeks of avoiding the show, because the show is for children and it was supposed to be time to put away childish things, we finally succumbed and watched an episode of Gossip Girl last night, and what is is happening on that thing? They're trying to kill Gossip Girl??

Well, OK, no, they're not trying to kill anybody, but they're certainly trying to take the shadowy blogger down. Oh, yeah, for those of you  who are more mature than the rest of us weirdos: Gossip Girl is a virtual character, the narrator of the show who is supposed to be the omnipotent scourge of the Upper East Side. She sees all and knows all and then blogs all, much to the annoyance of all the frustrated clothing models that populate the show. And now, after a season or so of heartily ignoring her as a plot device, Elizabeth Hurley of all people has popped up, playing a character who, Ahab-like, is obsessed with taking down Gossip Girl. At least that's what was gleaned from a viewing last night (and, OK, watching last week's episode on DVR).

And isn't it odd that the show has become this meta, that it's so stripped of any other ideas that it's turned ouroboros. Gossip Girl is a high concept device that, again, they've mostly ignored for a few seasons. But now in their time of darkest need, they're turning to her only to kill her. It's actually kind of a fun kamikaze act. If only this was the show's last season and they could go out in a blaze of self-destroying glory. But, no, apparently there will be another season which means that, yes of course, Gossip Girl will live to tell another tale (with Kristen Bell's voice!) and we'll be as frustrated as all the glass-eyed dopes who make up the show's cast. Ah well, another missed opportunity.

Why do we watch this show again? I mean, we don't watch it. It's for silly tweens. But, you know, if we did watch it, what would our reason be?

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