'Gossip Girl': Is this the last we'll see of Chuck Bass? Plus, Dan's baby mama drama and more

leighton-meester-ed-westwick-gossip-girl.jpgWhen executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage joined " Gossip Girl's" Ed Westwick for the Television Critics Association panel last week, the first thing out of Schwartz's mouth was "Spoiler alert! Chuck Bass lives."

Well, duh.

Here are some actual spoilers for you: while Chuck is alive, we may soon be referring to him as "The A-hole formerly known as Chuck Bass." When Season 4 premieres on Sept. 13, we'll learn that Chuck Bass is no longer going by the name Chuck Bass -- apparently, it carries too many memories of assaulting high school freshmen and trading women for hotels. He's got a new name now - and a new passport to go with it.

As for the Empire Hotel - apparently, it wasn't worth losing Blair ( Leighton Meester) for. He's signing it over to the one person he seems to trust.

While Not-Chuck hangs out with Fleur Delacour, Blair is, of course, having a grand romantic adventure of her own. True to form, she'll be hanging out with royalty during her Parisian vacation. She's determined not to think about Chuck, but luckily, Serena ( Blake Lively) will do enough worrying for the both of them. Perhaps that's what causes the BFFs to battle it out in a public fountain?

Meanwhile, back in Brooklyn, Dan ( Penn Badgley)  is playing Daddy to Georgina's baby, Milo, but he still hasn't gotten a paternity test. (Isn't he supposed to be the smart one?) Vanessa ( Jessica Szohr), back from her trip, still loves Dan, despite his baby mama drama and the Gossip Girl blast of him spooning with Serena.

With the real Chuck Bass undergoing a personality transplant, Nate ( Chace Crawford) seems to be wearing his very expensive shoes. Let's just say that Nate hasn't exactly been celibate (or sober) all summer long. He's popping antibiotics with his morning screwdriver. Enter Juliet ( Katie Cassidy), a girl who decides she can clean up Nate's act - though it's pretty clear that she wants to be more than just his life coach.

She probably wants to be more than just his friend, too. Hopefully she makes him get tested before they get horizontal.

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