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GOSSIP GIRL

CW Monday, at 900 ET

 PTC Summary:

Production Companies: 17th Street Productions
Producers: Bob Levy, Josh Schwartz, Leslie Morganstein, and Stephanie Savage
Creators: Josh Schwartz

Based on a series of popular novels by Cecily Von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl follows the lives of young, privileged socialites in New York City.Now in its fifth and final season, the youngsters are still college-aged, but the pretext of university attendance has all but been dropped. Blair Waldorf’s mother has retired and is leaving her clothing design empire in Blair’s hands. Serena Van Der Woodson is dating a middle aged man with a teenaged daughter.  Dan Humphrey is publishing more writing.  Chuck Bass is trying to take his father down in the business arena and plans to marry Blair when he’s done. The season will only have 13 episodes and conclude in late 2012.

Sex continues to be the main source of concern for parents. The show conveys the message that sex is a tool used to manipulate people.  Serena’s boyfriend has a 17 year old daughter who is having sex with Nate.  When he finds out she’s just a high school student, he says: and they resume their affair. Real consequences are non-existent in this fantasy world and the characters play musical chairs with their sex partners, but suffer no physical or psychological ramifications. Though graphic simulated sex scenes are only sprinkled throughout the season, there are plenty of provocative kissing scenes, erotic situations, and skimpy clothing. Drugs and alcohol are omnipresent on the show, though none of the characters are legally old enough to drink. There are references to pot smoking as well.  Language on the show can be problematic at times with frequent use of the words “whore,” “ass,” “bitch,” “slut,” “screw,” “damn,” and “hell.” Violence is generally not a problem, though the previous seasons have contained an attempted sexual assault and occasional brief fist fights.

Gossip Girl is not recommended for viewers under age 18.

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Show may include gratuitous sex, explicit dialogue, violent content, or obscene language, and is unsuitable for children.

The show contains adult-oriented themes and dialogue that may be inappropriate for youngsters.

Family-friendly show promoting responsible themes and traditional values.

Not yet rated by the PTC.


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