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Male Gaze: End of an Era for This TV Bad Boy

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After five years and six seasons on Gossip Girl, tonight’s series finale is our last chance to catch sexy rich-kid Chuck Bass professionally smolder onscreen. Nobody in modern television has played a scheming Lothario quite like Ed Westwick played Mr. Bass, bringing a signature mix of husky slow-talking and a mischievous grin to the show’s best character. His style onscreen may have been Upper East Side incarnate, but in offscreen life, the actor seems to have a quirky British charm that’s not so serious. The accent is obviously great, and so is his boyish smile and piercing, squinty gaze. Tonight, back on television, he’ll hopefully get the girl. If not, someone please send this man our way.