As more and more of the cast for the Gossip Girl spin-off are revealed, we already know that Lily (that's the tentative title of the series) is indeed pushing through, barring any drastic decline in the ratings for the CW series. To those who don't know, the spin-off will revolve around, well, Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford), Serena's (Blake Lively) mother before she even had Serena. The show will reportedly be set in 1980s Los Angeles when Lily was living as a wild child Valley Girl.
Unknown to a lot of fans, the Lily idea wasn't the first choice when the creators were thinking of crafting a Gossip Girl spin-off. They reportedly played with the idea of either Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) or Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg) as the focus of the spin-off. There were rumors late last year that even Blair's (Leighton Meester) inimitable maid Dorota was reportedly being eyed to have her own story explored through a spin-off. The ideas were soon shelved, however, and it was revealed that the adventures of Dorota will be aired on Verizon phones instead. Actually, the Lily spin-off was also originally intended to air in a series of mobisodes (which you won't be able to see unless you're with Verizon).
I frankly don't know why the Gossip Girl creators finally decided to go with the Lily idea. Sure, she does seem like an interesting character. She has undergone multiple divorces and was a former groupie of Rufus, Dan and Jenny's father. It was also made clear that she wasn't exactly prim and proper while she was growing up, pretty much like her daughter Serena. And like her son Eric, she was also institutionalized because she was pregnant with Rufus' child.
But more than Lily, I think there are other characters who can be far more interesting than Lily. Dorota, for one, has shown time and again that her daily habits and quirks offer a vault of possibilities. Think Rosario of Will and Grace. After all, which maid will have the gall to have Britney Spears' I'm a Slave 4 U for their ring tone?
There's also Georgina Sparks. Her name alone sounds off-putting and powerful. Right from the get-go, she made it clear that no one messes with Georgina Sparks. Her cunning antics and unapologetically evil ways will surely make for delicious television. The only problem here is when she gets her own spin-off, she can't be back to Gossip Girl to ruin Serena's life, and that's a bummer.
How about Jenny Humphrey? Or Vanessa (Jessica Szohr)? Or Jack Bass perhaps, though this might be too much of a stretch. There were also that rumor before that something was being planned to be purely set at a girls' boarding school. Other than Lily, which character would you like to see with his or her own spin-off?