Gossip Girl Spinoff Lily Dead at CW? Not So Fast... - Featured

Attention Brittany Snow fans: Don't panic. The news is not as dire as you've heard.


Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that the Gossip Girl spinoff (which we lovingly but inaccurately call Lily) is "dead" at The CW. Could it be true? Could Lily already be off the list of contenders for CW's fall season before we've seen the backdoor pilot (sneak peeks notwithstanding)?


The official word from the CW is "no comment," but here's what insiders are telling us right now:


"Nothing is dead," says a source close to the network. What's that mean? That means the CW programmers are still making their decisions, and everything, including Lily, is still under consideration.


The problem for all of the CW pilots this year is that with Privileged likely to get a pickup (yay for Rina Mimoun!), there are only three spots left in the CW's 10-hours-a-week schedule for new shows. (Gossip Girl, 90210, Supernatural, Smallville, One Tree Hill and America's Next Top Model have all already been ordered for next year.) Throw in the new Melrose Place (which seems to be a virtual certainty), and you've got just two holes left to fill.


Lily may indeed be fighting for one of those two slots against the likes of Mischa Barton's The Beautiful Life and Vampire Diaries, but it's not out of the running yet.


So what's the good news for us fans of Snow and her onscreen sister Krysten Ritter? Lily has a lot going for it, including that crackerjack cast, the publicity that comes with anything associated with Gossip Girl, and the nearly irresistible idea of pairing it with the mothership on Monday nights for a block of Josh Schwartz/Stephanie Savage-produced goodness.


Do you want a Gossip Girl spinoff? Or are you waiting until you see what they do with the Lily flashback on Monday's episode, airing 8 p.m. on the CW?

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May 8, 2009 2:51PM EDT

I don't think the show is a bad idea, but should it get greenlit...it's pretty much destined for failure.The CW has such limited schedule space...they really should attempt to launch something new (since so many of their shows are aging...Smallville, One Tree Hill, Supernatural, etc.) and sustaining. They need a new hit...and I just don't think a GG spinoff can be that hit they are searching for. It would likely last a season at most and then getting canceled due to low viewership (I mean...the best they can hope for is some fraction of the GG audience).Plus...as this article points out...some of the other potential new shows look really promising!

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May 8, 2009 6:49PM EDT

Truth be told out of everyone they could have picked I still don't understand why they chose Lily... I mean atm she is rather dull... Taylor Momsen's character already has her own book series and really Dan's Dad lived a life worth seeing...
GG is already a story about the rich and spoiled and their trials and tribulations... why would we wanna see how it was done a few decades ago?

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May 9, 2009 5:47PM EDT

honestly, i find this focus on GG incomprehensible. monetarily, GG is averaging with just 2.2 mil viewers a week whereas even shows like Supernatural are beating that number (the show even made it to 3.6 mil this year, just a bit less than .4 mil away from GG's long past high during the cancellation scare last year) but no other show is really marketed on the channel save for that. they rarely even show commercials for anything other than 90210 or GG, but this tactic has takEn the channel nowhere. when will there finally be some focus on something new or revamping what is already popular and a cult favorite?

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May 10, 2009 5:19AM EDT

Is there going to be a season 3????

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May 10, 2009 10:43AM EDT

i love lily, so if there is going to be a spinoff it has to make me love her character even more. if not, the show fails. but i'm sooo curious right now, the show has to get on tv!

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May 10, 2009 3:58PM EDT

Miem7 - Gossip Girl has been renewed for another season, so if we get the Lily spinoff or not, we'll definitely get more of the regular GG drama!

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