One of the things I've enjoyed most about working with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage is how much they draw upon film history as inspiration for their shows. GOSSIP GIRL, CHUCK, ROCKVILLE, CA, and THE O.C. are all filled with movie references for the sharp viewer.
I often say that GOSSIP GIRL reminds me of the Warner Brothers melodramas of the late 1930's and 1940's. The Manhattan locations and the large sets lend themselves to the kind of camera movement and expressive dolly shots that you often see in some of these old films. Even though it's hard to do on a television schedule, I enjoy collaborating with the DP in trying to integrate these kind of shots into every episode. I frequently study these films for ideas in terms of staging and framing.