Early last month, Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly broke the news that Wallace Shawn would be guest starring on the CWs Gossip Girl. And this week, TV Guide reported that Shawn will be playing a love interest for Blairs mother Eleanor Waldorf. Shawn will appear on Gossip Girl for a multiple-episode arc beginning on November 11, to kick off November sweeps.
You may remember Wallace Shawn as the Sicilian criminal mastermind who was outwitted by Westley in The Princess Bride. He is memorable for his catchword: Inconceivable! Now, hell be joining the ranks of the Upper East Side as the father of Serenas new beau, Aaron (guest star John Patrick Amedori).
There arent a whole lot of details about how Wallace Shawns arc will play out yet, but I have read the entire Gossip Girl book series so I do know that hell be playing a man named Cyrus Rose, a wealthy Jewish real estate tycoon. Approximately six months after he and Eleanor get married, Eleanor gives birth to a baby girl, whom Blair names Yale in honor of the college she most desires to attend. Blair is no fan of Cyrus because he is old and fat and has a taste for wearing the tackiest outfits. He has a son named Aaron, a hippie dippie vegan who smokes only herbal cigarettes, who does indeed have a relationship with book-verse Serena.
I hope that Gossip Girl the show will stick to its literary roots a bit with Shawns character. I would love to see him decked out in puce-colored suits and garish gold watches. Im not sure whether the powers that be behind Gossip Girl will have him getting married to Eleanor, but that might be an interesting turn of events as well. That way, Eleanor and Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford) can become the desperate housewives of the Upper East Side.