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Chinese university students rejoice! Perez Hilton reports that China will see their own version of Gossip Girl soon, and it will be set at “Shanghai International University” (Shanghai International Studies University has campuses in Songjiang and Hongkou, though it’s unconfirmed if this is what’s being referred to), rather than the elite Manhattan private high school featured in the original.
Señor Perez reports:
Chinese production firms Mei Tian Mei Yu and H&R Century TV will partner with Metan Development Group, Warner Bros. International Television Production and Gossip Girl’s creative team to hash out a 30 Mandarin speaking episode season.
Marty Pompadur and Larry Namer, founders of Metan, said the following about the series:
“Each week, the main characters’ trust, love and friendship are tested, with all the behind-the-scenes tales recorded in a blog. In the beginning, they are confused and lost, however over time, they discover who they really are and eventually find the right path to pursue their dreams.”
Perez says it sounds “super juicy and super scandalous!” and for once, we’re in total agreement with the tabloid blogger.
Fashion and status obsessed fuerdai and guanerdai handling frenemy politics and jealous love, while also dealing with drama from getting into car accidents that go viral and bragging online about their expensive baubles and vacations? Sounds perfect.
This wouldn’t be the first time that American TV show execs tried to port a venal show about pretty young things to East Asia. Last year, MTV’s Shibuhara Girls followed the lives of three Japanese girls and one Dalian-native flitting around while being immaculately framed and lit in Tokyo, in what was styled as an Asian version of “The Hills”.
It’s good to see that this time, execs have got their eye on the right growth market, having decided to use Shanghai for their youth-oriented fare instead. Production on the series is set to begin in June, with the show set to premiere in November.
For the full press release on Shanghai’s Gossip Girl series, click here.
(h/t Hao Hao Report)