MONDAY, August 1
"GOSSIP GIRL" - (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
"Empire Of The Son" (TV-14, L) (HDTV)
BILLY BALDWIN RETURNS - Ben's (guest star David Call) mother (guest star Marsha Dietlein Bennett) comes to town, forcing issues to the surface between Ben and Serena (Blake Lively). Russell Thorpe (guest star Michael Boatman) is determined to destroy Chuck's (Ed Westwick) family legacy, but he risks alienating his daughter, Raina (guest star Tika Sumpter), in the process. Billy Baldwin returns as William van der Woodsen, Lily's ex-husband and Serena and Eric's father. Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Jessica Szohr and Matthew Settle also star. David Warren directed the episode written by Robby Hull (#417).