It's no secret that Gossip Girl, The CW series about Manhattan's young and elite, will soon be getting the reality series treatment. Ever since fliers were being handed out two years ago in Manhattan neighborhoods in attempt to look for NYC prep-schoolers for a reality show [to air on] a major youth-oriented network, rumors about the said show have plagued fans of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's brainchild. At the height of the rumor, some fans were not too keen on the idea while there were others who were looking forward to the show as they couldn't get enough of the Upper East Side lifestyle. Soon, viewers can judge for themselves as the Gossip Girl-inspired documentary drama heads to Bravo.
At present, Bravo is working on the reality series focusing on private-school kids in New York City. According to Broadcasting & Cable, the series is slated to premiere later this year and will follow a similar production style to the webisodes that Bravo ran of the children of The Real Housewives of Orange County, which means no single school will be featured exclusively.
Aside from Gossip Girl, the upcoming reality series has also been compared to other reality shows about wealthy high school kids such as The O.C. and MTV's Laguna Beach. In fact, MTV even tried to make an East Coast counterpart a few years ago, but it never got off the ground. Additionally, CBS looked into a reality series about students at the Manhattan private school York Prep, but the school was said to be wary about the attention the project would bring.
Bravo's new series is from Scott A. Stone's Stone & Company Entertainment, the folks behind Tim Gunn's Guide to Style and the first season of Top Design. Meanwhile, the network has yet to comment on the new show.