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Josh Schwartz Speaks on Gossip Girl Spinoff, Chair

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Regarding the just-announced Gossip Girl spinoff, which will center around a young Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford) and debut next fall after a brief introduction in May, executive producer Josh Schwartz had this to say to E! Online:

"I'm writing it right now with Stephanie [Savage] as we speak. We're being very careful that nothing we do will feel like we are biting off from the Gossip Girl original."

So will a young Rufus Humphrey also appear on the new series?

"Not at first," Schwartz said. "He's not one of our characters."

He added: "Maybe at some point, if the show is lucky enough to run for several seasons, it will come up, but it's just really about Lily and her sister Carol - Serena's aunt Carol - who's sort of this free spirit, a wannabe actress who's living in this house in the valley. Her experience on the other side as someone without money going to public school, having to make a whole new group of friends, being cast out from the world that she knew."

The spinoff will be presented as a flashback in the penultimate (second-to-last) episode of the current season of Gossip Girl, which airs May 11.

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Josh Schwartz says none of the spinoff characters have been cast as of right now. Note to Josh: If you're looking for suggestions, our little poll from yesterday offered some suggestions, while our forum has some even better ones!

As for the undisputed No. 1 Gossip Girl fan question these days - What will happen with Chuck and Blair? - the big boss had the following to say: "You don't actually want to know the answer to that. The fun is in the journey."

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Go blair and chuck

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ill give this show a shot, as long as it doesnt interfere with gossip girl =] Dan and Blair Woo go Dair!

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dont really care about chair, i must be one of the only fans who doesnt like chuck that much.I mean, he can be fun, but it's much more the heartbreaker type, and since im a man, it doesnt get to me
spinoff?i was hoping it would be about georgina
only about lily?i agree, that's stupid. if it was about both lily and rufus it would really be interesting, but as far as i know, this will be a major flop

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I'm kind of curious.. What would the name of the show be.. And who the actors would be..
But why does a Gossip Girl spin off has to be about Lily ? Can't it be about someone more interesting ?!!!

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Josh needs to get a clue, we will watch the journey as long as chair gets together. he isn't willing to tell us an answer, that makes me think they don't end up together. Which really stinks because I love chair. I am fine with a spinoff, not fine wasting one of our GG episodes for it. I love GG, I want more than 25 episodes, not less....

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omg i so agree with you jolie georgina was really an unnecessary add last season
more of her is just too ridiculous NATE AND VANESSA ARE SO BORING.
jenny is like the most annoying little girl ever
more chair chair chair rufus and lily need to get cut

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okay the lily/rufus thing was okay for 2 or 3 episodes
but any more and i WILL PUKE
this is getting really stupid
like its gossip girl
not 40 year old parents

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If TV networks are so concerned about the bottom line (profits), then who was the idiot who greenlighted the Lily spinoff? Who do they think gives a flip about Lily and/or Rufus? They are the two worst scenery-chewers on the show. If they want to spin someone off, stick with the books (which I haven't read) and do Jenny instead. If the studios really wanted to up their profits they'd lose Lily and Rufus, or confine them to as little on-air time as possible. More Chuck and Blair time, far less Dan and Vanessa, and ditch Georgina once and for all.

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dont do a spin-off! stupid, stupid, stupid!!!!

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will the gossip girl, as we have got to know it(with dan serena etc.), end this season or will it continue in a season 3?

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