Gossip Girl Featured Discussion: You've Got...No Screen Time?


In last night's entertaining episode of Gossip Girl, "You've Got Yale" - and this season in general - I've been noticing how in each episode, at least one major character all but disappears with no explanation.


This week, Jenny was 100% absent. 2 weeks ago, both Nate and Vanessa were entirely gone. Also this week, Nate and Vanessa had quite minimal screen time - and their storyline was pretty inconsequential to the episode at large.


If you think about it, Dan didn't have all too much going on either, besides whining on about Serena not wanting to go to the same college as him and the genesis of some sort of inappropriate student/teacher relationship. Too bad they don't live in Washington state...


And...while there has been way less Nate, Jenny and Vanessa, there has been twice as much Rufus and Lily.


So...do you like this style of individual episodes leaving out certain characters to give a greater focus on other ones? Would you rather see every character in every episode...but for slightly less time? Would you rather they toned down the Rufus/Lily grossness? Do you even feel all that much chemistry between them (sorry, but for me they are no Sandy and Kirsten Cohen...)?

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Jan 20, 2009 6:08PM EST

its called having time off... its it a place of work

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Jan 20, 2009 6:13PM EST

Well, I was thinking about what you wrote and I think that we've seen twice as much Lily/Rufus because there will be a Gossip Girl spinoff, so they wanna get people intrested more in them since the spinoff is supposed to be about Lily when she was young. So them having more screen-time is in my oppinion just a business catch.

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Jan 20, 2009 6:39PM EST

I agree on the point about the spin-off - I think they're definitely trying to hype up interest in them, though I think it's going to be strange if the spin-off is a regular season show, so we see Past Lily-Rufus changing and evolving at the same time we see Present Lily-Rufus... but hey, I guess they'll work that out. Otherwise, I feel as if some off-time is fine for characters, but it seems oddly done. Jenny took over the show almost entirely during her fashionista drama, and now it seems they don't really know what to do with her. The same for Nate - his family was a huge deal, and now he's easily laying low with his new unapproved by Upper East Side girlfriend. I think there just needs to be a little more thought to how to deal with those getting little screen time to make it work better...

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Jan 22, 2009 10:28AM EST

yea i thought it was especially strange when they came back in the first episode in january when they said where everybody had been except for nate...an personally i dont care that jenny is getting less on screen time...that whole fashion and diva drama really really put me off her...but lilly and rufus are amazing together i know me and my sister have been waiting soooo long for this to happen!!:D:D so more of them cant go wrong...cant wait for the spin off two!!:D

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