Report: Gossip Girl Spinoff Not Happening

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According to reports, the much-touted Gossip Girl spinoff - set to make a partial debut in flashback scenes on Monday's GG episode - is no longer happening. Why?

  • The network had six promising pilots, but just three time slots in which to fill them, and the Gossip Girl spinoff, while solid, lost out.
  • Spinning off a critically acclaimed, but little-watched series (barely two million viewers) seemed like a stretch from the beginning.
  • An '80s spinoff series, while cool in theory, didn't seem to mesh with a show whose core audience was largely born in the '90s.
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The second and third bullet points are the opinions of TV Fanatic, but are not exactly far-fetched. CW execs loved the spinoff's yesteryear vibe, but the show faded fast with the decision-makers. Its competition was apparently that much better.

Here's a look at the three shows that are likely candidates for pickup:

  1. Melrose Place rebooted is a lock. The show is already hiring.
  2. The Beautiful Life looks very good to be picked up since The CW likes its relationship with Ashton Kutcher and this is a drama about models starring young and old babes like Mischa Barton and Elle McPherson.
  3. Vampire Diaries is next in line with the most heat. It's a drama based on the series of books about vampire brothers and their girlfriend.

So put a fork in young Lily, but get psyched for these newcomers.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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