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Penn Badgley’s New Lifetime Show Sure Sounds Like a Creepier Gossip Girl

Penn Badgley. Photo: Monica Schipper/FilmMagic

Lonely Boy lives! Well, kind of. In another series, on another network. Spiritually. Penn Badgley hasn’t been doing too much acting work since Gossip Girl ended in 2012, but a new ten-part Lifetime drama You has wrangled him back to TV in a leading capacity once again. And if the plotline doesn’t give you some odd GG vibes, we don’t know what will. Based on the best-selling novel by Caroline Kepnes, You is described as “a 21st-century love story about an obsessive, yet brilliant bookstore manager,” played by Badgley, “who uses the hyper-connectivity of today’s technology to make the woman of his dreams, an aspiring writer, fall in love with him.” Ah yes, a divisive young man who uses websites and apps to stalk and ultimately win over a special lady? Somebody tell that to Serena van der Woodsen. You, which will also be executive-produced by Greg Berlanti, is scheduled to debut sometime in 2018.

Penn Badgley’s New Show Sounds Like a Creepier Gossip Girl