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Looks like Gossip Girl‘s lone black girl (oh, wait we forgot about non-talking Nicole Fiscella!) is getting some company. The CW has just cast veteran actress Gina Torres as Vanessa Abrams’ mom!

Torres, who we LOVED in Chris Rock’s I Think I Love My Wife, will play Gabriela Abrams, a “free spirit” who lives “off the grid” in Vermont.

We can’t wait for this new injection of color!

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Hey Gossip Girl fanatics! Seems like you’ll have a lot more dish coming to you in 2009 when The CW premieres their in-development spinoff of the trash-tastically amazing series.

While Variety reports that the spinoff will not center on book’s spinoff, The It Girl, it will focus on one of the show’s nine regular characters, introducing the spinoff as a backdoor pilot later this season.

So who will be spun-off?

Blindie’s suggestion would be to send Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr) to an artsy college where she meets crazy bohemian types and can leave the world of the Upper East Side behind.

But our money probably would go to Little Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen), even though Variety says it ain’t so, who’ll probably run away from home and start her new life on the streets as an urban fashion designer!

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‘Nessa may have finally nabbed her Nate (Chace Crawford) on screen, but is hooking up with resident bad boy Chuck Nasty off!

In off-the-camera Gossip Girl news, costars Ed Westwick (aka Chuck Bass) and ethnic hottie Jessica Szohr (aka Vanessa Abrams) were seen making out at the Dallas airport before boarding a flight to New York Sunday night, according to the New York Post‘s Page Six.

“They were trying to be discreet by stealing kisses near the gate,” a source told the gossip column. “They were kissing in the aisles, but once they sat, she read her script and he drank a Heineken.”

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What better way to fill our post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas days than with a little Gossip Girl drama.

The Jenny Humphrey, Nate Archibald, Vanessa Abrams love triangle finally comes to a head -again. Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf are still trying to resist each other’s poisoned charms. Lily Bass and Rufus Humphrey are regretting the missed opportunity to hook up -again, and Serena van der Woodsen and Dan Humphrey are still pretending they don’t have feelings for each other.

Here are Blindie’s top ten WTF moments from Gossip Girl‘s “It’s a Wonderful Lie” episode:

  1. Vanessa locks lips with Nate right after listening to Jenny wistfully wonder what became of her almost fling with him. Vanessa is busted when a photo of the PDA ends up on the Gossip Girl blog.
  2. Aaron Rose’s ex-girlfriend Lexi disses his photo exhibit featuring Serena, comparing it to a GAP ad. Hey! We like GAP ads. Lexi’s pretention reaches an all time high when she orders a cup of Kopi Luwak coffee, you know, that coffee that’s passed through the digestive system of the Asian Palm Civet -basically coffee beans that are shat out by cats!
  3. Chuck and Blair choose each other’s dates for the Snowflake Ball to prove they know each other’s desires and what does Chuck want as a reward? Blair’s most prized possession -her maid Dorota!
  4. Vanessa confesses to Nate that she stole his love letter to Jenny and that she never felt like this way about anyone before, blah blah. While we love the ethnically ambiguous Jessica Szohr as Vanessa we are not liking her man-grubbing storyline.
  5. Jenni conspires with Blair’s back up girls to pull a Carrie on Vanessa and humiliate her at the Snowflake Ball with a see-through dress. Really? This is the Upper East Side where maids are traded in bets. You gotta come harder than a see-through dress.
  6. Nate had the nerve to tell off Jenni for sabotaging Vanessa claiming he’s glad they didn’t hook up because she’s not the Jenny he thought he knew. Hmm, we wonder if Jenny knew that Nate was once pimping himself out to a married woman?
  7. It’s Bizarro world again on Gossip Girl as Chuck and Blair dig up cheap knock-offs of themselves for each other to date. When they catch their doubles hooking up Blair laments “even our doppelgangers can work it out!”
  8. Serena and Dan spend the entire night at the Snowflake Ball pretending not to care the other will bed their date after the party.
  9. Lily and Rufus find themselves face to face once again, and regretting another missed opportunity to be together, again.
  10. Bart Bass in an accident?! After seeing snippets of the next episode it’s clear there’s a funeral scene so it’s safe to assume that Bart is dead and the Bass empire will now be under the rule of Chuck. Looks like Lily won’t be needing that divorce anymore.
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Nothing says Thanksgiving like secrets and lies right? No? Well then, you must not live on Gossip Girl‘s Upper East Side where family dysfunction means extortion, kidnapping, and surveillance.

Here are Blindie’s top ten moments on Gossip Girl‘s “Magnificent Archibalds” episode:

  1. Bart and Lily Bass discover Jenny Humphrey has been crashing at their house when they return from their vacation on Necker Island. You know, that tiny island in the British Virgin Islands owned by Virgin billionaire Sir Richard Branson.
  2. Blair Waldorf calls Aaron Rose a young Big Love Bill Paxton because of his open relationship with Serena van der Woodsen.
  3. Dan Humphrey runs into Aaron at the grocery store – awkward! The two indie dudes compare notes about Serena and Dan spills the beans about her bad girl past.
  4. Eric van der Woodsen cracks into his stepfather Bart’s safe, with the help of Chuck Bass of course, and finds gold bars (what else?) and surveillance files on himself, Serena and his mother Lily. After reading his mother’s file he discovers she was institutionalized as a teenager just like him.
  5. We just love all the love being shown to the hired help! Lily asks Eric, “how did you get so wise?” he replies, “the nanny,” Chuck credits his hot au pair Gina for changing his life, and the kicker is when Blair makes her maid Dorota follow her around the city in full housekeeping uniform!
  6. Vanessa Abrams and Chuck team up to warn Nate Archibald about the FBI and his dad’s plan to kidnap him and extort money from his rich grandparents, the Vanderbilts. Wait, Nate’s grandparents are the Vanderbilts? Anderson Cooper’s Vanderbilt’s? And Nate’s dad is going to kidnap him to extort money out of them? Geez, high school is rough on the Upper East Side!
  7. Eric finds out his mother was in an institution at just about the same age he was put away.
  8. And after all that drama, Nate asks Vanessa “can we get together sometime to Vanessa?” This guy sure does pull a lot of girls for a broke son of a criminal!
  9. Lily ends up at the Humphrey house for Thanksgiving dinner for a second year in a row! Geez, how many seasons do we have to wait before Rufus and Lily get married?!
  10. Vanessa stoops to Bass level and reads Jenny’s love letter from Nate. Ah, Brooklyn girl gone bad!

PHOTO CREDIT: GIOVANNI RUFINO/THE CW

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The original Gossip Girl, author Cecily von Ziegesar, thinks the CW’s interpretation of her teen books are “great,” but has one criticism: the character of Vanessa played by the wonderful Jessica Szohr.

“I think Vanessa is one character they ruined,” von Ziegesar tells MTV.com. “In the book, she’s kick-ass and has a shaved head and wears lots of black … and I think a lot of the readers who don’t usually read teen fiction indentify with Vanessa. Even though I don’t like Vanessa’s character, it’s nothing against [actress] Jessica [Szohr]. I just wish Vanessa was like she is in the books a bit more.”

While von Ziegesar disapproves of Szohr’s casting, she’s in love with the other bevy of beauties: “Leighton Meester is totally perfect for Blair, and Blake [Lively] is perfect for Serena. I was more worried they would insert Barbie-doll-looking people, which they didn’t. I think the actors do a brilliant job.”

But Blindie does agree with the author on one thing: the yummy Ed Westwick. “Chuck is my favorite character,” she says, “and the way he looks and acts is in keeping with how he is in the beginning of the series.”

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