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Josh Schwartz Spills Secrets on the Gossip Girl Spinoff

I was full of questions after hearing that Gossip Girl's long-rumored spinoff was going to be focused on young Lily — so it was a pleasant surprise to see the gossip guy himself, executive producer Josh Schwartz, turn up at NBC's TCA party on Thursday night. Read on to find out what I learned:

  • Pay attention to the next-to-last episode of Gossip Girl this season. That's when the spinoff characters will be introduced, Schwartz said. "It'll be flashbacks that will sort of illustrate a crisis. It will resonate thematically with something that will be happening inside that episode."
  • They're seeking the actress to play young Lily. "We're starting now," he said. "We have a couple months."
  • They didn't necessarily want to do a spinoff at all — until they hit on this idea. "We talked about The It Girl, the book series that is a spinoff, but for me and Stephanie [Savage, also an executive producer], to do another teen drama . . . we needed something that was going to inspire us. We started talking like, 'What if we did this?' and that got us really excited."
  • Yes, versions of Lily and other characters could be in both shows at once. "We can introduce characters on the spinoff and then they can show up in the present, and vice versa, and the two things can kind of inform each other," Schwartz said.

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  • Lily was compelling because it was his way into writing about the '80s. "She was my DeLorean," he said. "She was my phone booth."
  • Wipe those visions of bad '80s fashion out of your head. "Stephanie is the fashion guru, and the stuff that she and [costume designer] Eric Daman have done for Gossip Girl I think is really influential and impactful. . . Eric is going to do the new show as well, so you know the clothes are going to be great.
  • And the music is going to rock. "Our goal is going to be to dig up under a couple of rocks maybe some songs you haven't heard in other '80s kinds of things and find some forgotten gems as well as stuff that you love," Schwartz said. "Some songs are still great no matter how many times you hear them, and we definitely don't want to shy away from those, but we all are also interested in finding music that maybe you forgot about or never even heard. And there's a whole generation of viewers, Gossip Girl viewers, who I think this music — this whole world, this decade — will be largely new to."


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girlshot girlshot 8 years
Fashion is my hoby, Congratulation!!!!!!!!! ----------------------- signed
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I can't wait to see this new show! The '80s is my favorite decade and it will be cool to see them create stylish '80s fashion & find some classic '80s music that no one has heard in awhile.
NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
Doesn't he look like young dustin hufman
Alithyra Alithyra 8 years
I think this is in good hands. This has potential to be really, really good. But I've been in love with too many Whedon shows. There's still a long way to go and it could still crash and burn horribly.
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
i'm kind of excited for this spinoff now.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Hmmm. Very interesting. I thought it would be one of the book's spin-offs but I like this idea better. This way we won't lose any actors to the spin-off but will still have the characters we have grown to know and love
OwnPrivateIdaho OwnPrivateIdaho 8 years
This is fabulous news!
pargie pargie 8 years
I'm looking forward to it too. I wasn't born until the mid 80s, but I am so in love with that decade. I hope to see lots of lace gloves, crinkled hair, and beautiful vintage fashion. I hope Rufus was like Dan, but more mysterious and bad.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
I'm looking forward to it!!
hottinpink9021 hottinpink9021 8 years
I LOVE Josh Schwartz, he's a genious!!! Bring back the O.C.!!! ♥♥♥
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great interview, Buzz. Thanks for the updates!
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