Will The Beautiful Life and Gossip Girl Cross Over?
If yesterday's sexy promo shots didn't make it obvious enough, the CW is exploring all sorts of marketing angles for its hot new series The Beautiful Life.
To that end, executive producer Mike Kelley told our staff - at a special CBS screening event this week - that they are already exploring a possible Beautiful Life crossover with another NYC-based series, Gossip Girl.
While nothing is set in stone right now, Mike told E! about a possible storyline that he'll be pitching to Gossip Girl executive producer Stephanie Savage:
"My idea - since these things happen - there are blackouts. The idea is that we have two shows that exist in the same city, and if our cast is on the subway, and their cast is on the subway, and then the subway shuts down."
"We don't even have to necessarily cross them; we can simply tell two stories with them in the background and maybe have characters cross through."
Will the worlds of Gossip Girl and The Beautiful Life intertwine?
In other news involving The Beautiful Life, guest stars you can expect to see this fall range from designers Matthew Williamson, Erin Fetherston and Project Runway's Nina Garcia, to model Jessica Stam and the Versace and Calvin Klein brands.
Also, despite her rumored terrible acting, Elle Macpherson is sticking around for seven of the 13 original episodes, and her storyline "takes you into her personal life that gets intertwined with Mischa Barton's personal life in a really interesting and surprising way."
Speaking of the troubled former OC star, does the show have any plans to tone down certain story lines in light of Mischa Barton's recent personal problems?
"No," he said. "I had that conversation with Mischa, and those stories were going to be told with or without Mischa being the actress in that role, so I just said I didn't want to be insensitive with what was happening with her. But at the same time I didn't want to not tell interesting and dramatic stories, and she was game."
"There are things that we had planned on doing with Sonya's character that we did not shy away from at all," added executive producer Karey Burke. "It's dealing with a character that is living her life in the spotlight, being hounded by the paparazzi, who is at a massive turning point in her career, where it's sort of make-it-or-break-it time, and there are things thematically where it's exactly what's going on with Mischa's life, and she's embracing all of them."
Yes, this means we can expect Mischa's Sonya to dabble with drug use.
"Mischa's character ends up sort of taking a page from the whole Kate Moss situation and kind of using it to her advantage," Karey said. "She had a rough go of it for a bit there. She's a kid. She's 23-years-old, and she's growing. Things are behind her that were negative, and she's really focused on the positive. She looks great, and her acting is terrific. She's very positive and excited, and so are we. We feel really, really lucky to have gotten past this and to have her on the show. Her character is integral to all the stories, so her character is not going anywhere and neither is Mischa."