‘Gossip Girl’ Writers: What Would Shakespeare Do?

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"Thou art having sex with someone's mom."
"Thou art having sex with someone's mom." Photo: Courtesy of the CW

"Schwartz and Savage say that Gossip Girl is not so much influenced by the young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar on which it is based but — seriously — on the following works: the novels of Edith Wharton and Evelyn Waugh ... And Shakespeare. 'Our writers,' says Savage, 'are much more literate than we are. They really know their Shakespeare.'" Now you know. [NYP]