Apparently when they CW said they would not be spinning off the young love life of Lily Bass and Rufus Humphrey from Gossip Girl, they were lying.
Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz and EP Stephanie Savage are now releasing the news that they will be moving forward with a spin off that follows the young Lily VanDerWoodsen as she moves out to Los Angeles with her sister and ends up meeting rockstar Rufus Humphrey at a club in Hollywood.
The CW has ordered a “backdoor” pilot episode, which will air as a “flashback” episode of Gossip Girl on May 11.
Though these events were never present in the book series, The CW’s decision to produce this spin off rather than the Jenny Humphrey spin-off that comes from the books was that, “We didn’t want to upset the chemistry of our cast — all of whom are crucial to the show,” Savage said. “Nor did we want to dilute New York City as a character.”
Schwartz added, “We are inspired by the opportunity to tell overlapping stories and introduce characters that will appear in the past and the present — and hopefully enrich both shows,” Schwartz said. “We love exploring fashion, pop culture, music and a heightened world that’s just a little more fun than the one we actually live in. L.A. in the ’80s totally fits the bill.”
Could be hit or miss. May 11 will tell the tale!