As Gossip Girl
developed into a flagship series for The CW, two of its principal architects, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, began to float ideas for a spin-off. The winner: A new series that would trade New York for L.A. and swing back to the ’80s for the debutante days of Lily van der Woodsen (currently played by Kelly Rutherford
As Variety points out, the prequel premise will provide an opportunity to
expand the brand while also allowing Gossip Girl’s characters and
narrative threads to remain as they are. The new series is expected to
follow an embattled Lily as she adjusts to an abrupt transfer to public
school when her posh lifestyle is cut short after a fight with her
There’s no cast yet, but the network hopes to air a pilot episode on May 11 in Gossip Girl’s regular Monday time slot.
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