New York City Mayor Bloomberg was all smiles when he went for a photo-op with some of the stars of Gossip Girl the other day. The show, as everyone knows, is set in New York, and it is celebrating its 100 episode this week, which is why this is such a huge thing for everyone.
The Mayor has in fact declared this to be “Gossip Girl Day” all over the city.
The mayor said that he doesn’t get to have pictures with the celebrities shooting in New York everyday. There are over 23 productions slated in the city, so far, throughout the TV season and a total of 9 prime time shows have been set in New York over the last decade.
When Gossip Girl was just starting, they were told it would be quite impossible to shoot in the city because of the expense and the complicated process and logistics. The were instead recommended to use a studio in LA and transform this into their own Central Perk, but the producers of the series didn’t want this.
“It became our mission: New York, or bust. We are honored to shoot in this city. There is no Gigi without NYC.”
The Mayor admitted, however, that he was not a viewer of the series, which is aimed at the young demo. Although he did suggest that maybe Gossip Girl is, in fact, Serena’s cousin.