Good news for all you Gossip Girls fans, according to THR.com, one of the “industry bibles,” a spinoff series has been slated for the Lily Van Der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford) character.
After months of gossip and speculation, “Gossip” creators/exec producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are proceeding with a spinoff that will serve as a prequel to the hot sophomore drama and chronicle the wild teen years of Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford) in Los Angeles in the 1980s.
The network has ordered a backdoor pilot for the project, which will air as a “Gossip” episode May 11.
Written by Schwartz and Savage, the spinoff will center on young Lily Rhodes (her maiden name) who, after a falling-out with her parents, is forced to move in with her sister, the black sheep of the Rhodes family. Overnight, Lily has to transition from a life of luxury and schooling at a wealthy Montecito boarding school to living deep in the Valley she once made fun of and going to public school. Caught between two worlds, Lily dives into the fast-paced Sunset Strip and the Hollywood lifestyle of the ’80s, journeying over the hill to a world of wealth and excess that used to be her own.
Eventually, she is bound to meet rocker Rufus Humphrey (played on “Gossip” by Matthew Settle) for a fling that will result in Lily’s secret pregnancy.
Unlike the original series, which is based on Alloy Entertainment’s series of novels, the spinoff is based on an original idea by Schwartz and Savage, who will exec produce it with Bob Levy and Leslie Morgenstein. Mark Piznarski, who helmed the pilot for “Gossip,” is on tap to direct the spinoff backdoor pilot.
Produced by College Hill Pictures and Alloy in association with Warner Bros. TV and CBS Paramount TV, it will be shot on location in Los Angeles.
The question is…will it be popular? MTV has tried a “Hills” spin off , with “The City” and “Bromance.” “Bromance” is not doing so well in the ratings. If you haven’t watched it, I think the concept of “Bromance” pretty stupid. I seriously doubt guys act like that in real life. The majority of them just want to be on TV. Anyhoo, eye candy for the 13 to 17 year old set.