'Gossip Girl' EP: Season six renewal all but assured

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It looks like " Gossip Girl" fans have two reasons to celebrate. The show is set to air its 100th episode on Monday (Jan. 30), and, according to producers, the series is all but certain to return for its sixth season.

"We're not writing a series finale this year," says EP Stephanie Savage

This issue of whether the show would be renewed was an item that was up for debate. Ratings for The CW drama have dropped in recent years. While its first season in 2007 averaged 2.35 million viewers, Monday's (Jan. 23) episode drew just 1.6 million viewers and a 0.8 share in the coveted 18-49 demographic.

But these dwindling viewership numbers appears to not be any deterrent for the network. Show EP Savage explains those discussions.

"We've checked in with our bosses to make sure we're not shooting ourselves in the foot," Savage says. She adds that these discussions usually end with network execs saying "Seriously. You have to stop asking me if you should be writing the series finale."

While the network wouldn't confirm the news, The CW president Mark Pedowitz tells the Hollywood Reporter on Jan. 25, "We have great pride in [the show]. We hope that it lasts for a long, long time. Time will tell how things go."

It looks like they're going well.

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