'Gossip Girl' spin-off pilot is a go!

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Break out those leg warmers, Gossip Girl fans! The CW has announced that a pilot for a potential spin-off series, created by GG executive producers, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, is on the way. The show will actually be a prequel, focusing on Serena’s momma, Lily Van Der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford, pictured), as a troubled teenager in 1980s Los Angeles. According to an early plot description, we’ll see young Lily move out of her wealthy parents’ home in Montecito to live with her outcast sister in the Valley, where she’ll attend public school and experience the glitz of Hollywood and the excess of the Sunset Strip. No word on if a young Rufus (Matthew Settle) shows up, but I could totally see Lily running into Lincoln Hawk on Sunset Boulevard.

The pilot, which is still untitled and hasn’t been cast, will air on May 11 in place of a Gossip Girl episode; the spin-off has not yet been greenlit as a full series. Originally, there had been rumors that producers would center a spin-off on Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen), but those rumblings were quickly shot down. By choosing to do a prequel, Gossip Girl doesn’t have to deal with the loss of any of its talented ensemble.

More Gossip Girl:
EW.com’s All About Gossip Girl page
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  • Robert Taylor

    Thanks for the information, but Tim, this is not an Ausiello column or Popwatch. It’s a news article…and your opinion does not need to be in it.

  • Elena

    I am equal parts extremely excited and extremely nervous for this “new spin-off” stuff. But also, I’m not entirely convinced this is still on…
    Isn’t GG enough? What does splitting time between two shows mean for the lovely original?

  • Heather

    OK. Here’s the deal and this MUST get passed on to Josh Schwartz and Company: they MUST cast Kelly Rowan (Kirsten Cohen, “The OC”) as Lily’s sister in the backdoor “Pilot” episode or just to guest star on “Gossip Girl” PERIOD. They just HAVE to cast Kelly Rowan as Lily’s sister (in present time, of course, since Kelly’s too old to play Lily’s sister when Lily was a teenager…).
    I’m not even joking. MAKE IT HAPPEN, JOSH SCHWARTZ! You will make my life PERFECT. I’m not even joking.
    And if she appears in the backdoor pilot somehow (in present time), it will be the BEST. BIRTHDAY PRESENT. EVER.

  • jaime

    Okay when i 1st read the title i was LIKE OMFG NOOOOOOOO…but now that i read the bulletin OMFG Im loving the idea…like seriously!!!
    The 80s thats what we need!!

  • Don Jariyasunant

    I really really like this idea. I’m a fan of a drama of the 80’s and the Lily and Rufus love story.
    That’s actually a really good idea to cast Kelly Rowan as Lilly’s sister in the present time.

  • Taylor

    Blarg! I HATE prequels. Who cares what happens, we know how she’s going to turn out! Whatever personal growth she attains, we still know she’s going to marry like 4 times, not put her kids first until the timeline matches up with GG, and we know who the great love of her life is!
    At least with a prequel like Smallville you can accept the differences because of the whole “it’s a parallel world” idea.
    Don’t get me wrong, I like Lily, and she does seem to have a really cool back story. Maybe a mini-series. But not an entire show.

  • James

    Stupidest thing I have ever read! A spin off for Gossip Girl,Seriously? Gossip Girl can barely crack 3 million viewers. The cw need more shows like Smallville that actually brings in viewers!!!!!

  • Lindsey

    Is this really necessary? The ratings for the original are not stellar.

  • Marissa

    Definitely an interesting idea….and it won’t taken anything away from Gossip Girl yet still be connected…I don’t know if a 80s show will work…but definitely a great idea!

  • bethany

    This is a relief! I was worried that they would take away someone from the cast. And if it was someone I didn’t like, why the heck would I watch??
    I’ll give it a chance – obviously Josh Schwartz has talent. Should be interesting, to say the least!

  • jen

    i didn’t know lily was from cali! as a native los angelino, that itself makes me kind of excited for the show. plus it’s gonna have the 80s nostalgia factor? nice…

  • Mikey M

    A prequel? Horrible idea. You know what happens to her. Thats the trouble with prequels. Bad Idea.

  • cb

    ummm… this show sounds ridiculous! Really?!

  • Ellie

    Why’d the CW cancel Veronica Mars?

  • Anonymous

    They can’t renew Veronica Mars for a measly fourth season but they can order useless prequels?????? WTF??????

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