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Gossip Girl Producers Discuss the Show and its Spinoff

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As you surely know by now, Gossip Girl is getting ready to spin off a new show - one that would be set well before the soap's teen characters were born.

The May 11 episode of the CW show will serve as the pilot for a potential new series from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, co-creators of Gossip Girl.

The Gossip Girl spinoff, which doesn't have a title yet, would chronicle the high school adventures of Lily van der Woodsen, a former wild child turned society matron who is played by Kelly Rutherford on Gossip Girl.

The younger Lily hasn't been cast yet, but Schwartz said the show would chronicle the high schooler's adventures in the Los Angeles of the '80s.

"I'm very influenced by the '80s, as is Stephanie," Schwartz said in a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune. "A couple of movies we've talked about are Valley Girl and Less Than Zero, which are tonally very different movies. But that period of L.A. in the '80s, the Sunset Strip [music scene] of the time, the idea of coming over the hill into L.A. if you lived in the Valley - that is just something that fascinates us. It's a very romantic, exciting time."

Lily Learns

Gossip Girl is based on a book series that has its own spinoff line of novels under the name It Girl. But the producers weren't interested in making It Girl or a clone of the Monday drama about rich teens on New York's Upper East Side.

"We didn't want to do a spinoff just to do it," Josh Schwartz said.

"For us to do another teen drama, after Gossip Girl and The O.C. [which both Savage and Schwartz worked on], it needed to be something that really excited us creatively. This felt like an unusual way to go for a spinoff, but that's what got us fired up about it."

Schwartz's other show, Chuck, is very different from both The O.C. and Gossip Girl (although pop-culture references are a constant on all three).

Similarly, the new series will have its own vibe, even though the Gossip Girl creators haven't fully decided what that will be yet.

"The tone will be different, it's a whole new set of characters. You'll get to meet [Lily's] sister Carol and this whole other group of people that she lives with," he said.

"I think it'll feel very different. I actually think, in some ways, it can be broader than Gossip Girl, although Gossip Girl skews older than people think, in terms of its median age. I think there are a lot of people who could watch the [new] show with their kids, nostalgically. Most of our teen audience - their parents were teens in the '80s."

Alexandra Patsavas, who served as music supervisor for The O.C. and performs that duty for Gossip Girl (as well as several other shows), is currently digging up choice '80s tunes for the new show. Schwartz underlined the idea that the spinoff won't be using the same few '80s tunes that most of us have heard way too many times.

"We can go deeper than that," Schwartz said.

"There's a lot of stuff out there that's been kind of forgotten or hasn't yet been rediscovered yet, and no one is more up to the task of finding that than Alex."

As for whether the CW will pick up the show for fall, that has yet to be determined. Gossip Girl has not always done well in the ratings, but it's very popular online and on iTunes, and the soap gets more than its share of media coverage.

"We feel like the success of the [spinoff] lies in a greater picture, and ratings are a part of that," Schwartz said.

He was mostly mum when asked about what's coming up on Gossip Girl, and he wouldn't comment on whether we'll see Dan and Serena's secret half-brother again.

Schwartz did say that Michelle Trachtenberg would be back around April and May as troublemaker Georgina Sparks, and Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair (Leighton Meester) would remain at the forefront of the show.

"We get that that [relationship] works for people," Schwartz said with a laugh.

He also said many of the show's characters "graduate at the end of this year - that's going to be a very big deal and it will shape direction of Gossip Girl heading into Season 3." 

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bbbb! i totally agree with what you've said coz i was reading all those wonderful chair fanfic these few days, and i found out that the moments which touched me most are those when chuck showed up to save blair [just like gone with the will stuff] so i also realized what chair needs are these scenes when chuck finally grows up and shoulders the responsibility of taking care of blair and having a serious relationship =]

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Hi!
First of all, Kathy, sorry I did not answer to you but I live in London and I have a tiny teeny problem with the time difference!
I don't think there is nothing to be ashamed of in watching GG in your 30s', I personally love every teen program that is on tv (and unfortunately not all of them arrive in Europe). I'm just sorry for you younger guys, because the producers instist on writing storylines for the "adults" (Lily/Rufus), thinking we older generation could be more interested. Believe me, we prefer Chair!
I'm a secondary teacher (high school)and, a part for never even crossing my mind to do what Miss Carr is doing, I love chatting with my students about GG! Ok, I chat even about Italian Literature, don't worry...
Going back to GG, bbbb I have already posted an entry on the forum on Nate Blair, and even if I agree with you about Chuck not treating Blair very kindly, please, remember everything that Nate did! He cheated with her BF! He stayed with her because his father needed a contract with her mother! The only one treating her remotely nicely was Marcus (exept for maybe sleeping with his step mother...), and was is interesting to watch?
Oh, I have seen what is going on the forum with proteinsnake, and I'm posting my idea here because you guys have every right to go on with your chat without me interrupting, but please, do you seriously believe her? And don't you think that by saying that his boyfriend is in charge of Ed's costumes (usually there is only one, max two people in charge of one character) she is giving away basically her boyfriend's identity and she is risking having him sacked?
I've read the "spoilers" and they are interesting, but I think they are the product of a clever mind able to connect the clues in the promos.
Kisses!

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I'm definitely a chair fan, but i just remember in season 1, when nate thought that blair was the one who stole the key in the swimming pool of the school, he then admit to the head mistress that he's the one who stole it just to protect blair, i just find it sweet. i just can't see chuck will do the same sweet thing to blair, i think for a while blair needs someone who can treat her nicely and someone who can protect her. cause chuck was really taking her for granted after all she did for him, she's been there for him all this time. after this if chuck will realize how significant blair to him and be mature enough to take care of her, then they can be together. just my opinion..

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ew at nair
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nate belongs with jenny :p
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aside from chair i also like L and R as a couple, the spin-off would be interesting for me (maybe i'm just in the minority side). and i would entertain the NAIR thing just for a while cause i know in the end chuck and blair will be together, for a fact that the producer notices that there's a lot of CHAIR fans.

Em

I'm not too excited about the spin-off :/

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NATE AND BLAIR NEEEEEEEEEEEEEED TO GET BACK TOGETHER FOR A LITTLE BIT AND THEN AT THE END OF THE SEASON NATE AND JENNY WILL GET TOGETHERRRRRRRRR JENNY IS BEGINNING TO BORE ME SHE NEEDS A BETTER STORYLINE AND HER AND NATE ARE PERFECT SERENA AND DAN NEEEED TO BE OVER, THEY BORE ME. SERENA NEEDS A BADDASSS AND I WANT TO SEE HER SOCIALITE CHARACTER MORE
AN EXPLOSIVEEE EVENT NEEDS TO HAPPEN DUDE GEORGINA SHOULD SET CONSTANCE OR SOMETHING ON FIRE THAT WOULD BE ILLL
O YA I WOULDNT DAN AND VANESSA WOULD BE GOOD TOGETHER FOR A LITTLE. MAYBE THEY SHOULD STOP FOCUSSING ON THE COUPLES AND FOCUS ON THE DRUGS SEX AND ISSUES. I WANT TO SEE BLAIR'S EATING DISORDER COME BACK INTO PLAY THATS IT AHAHAHHA

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