Thursday, January 15, 2009

Spin-Off: That 80's Show

Remember "That 80's Show"? Don't worry, it wasn't worth remembering. But it did have Glenn Howerton, who now plays Dennis on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia". True story, but not the point of this post.

The point is that "Gossip Girl" parental figure Lily Van Der Woodsen (Played in adulthood by divorce-battle plagued Kelly Rutherford) is the first GG-er to receive a televised spin-off that will detail her youth and early relationship with old flame Rufus Humphrey. The Hollywood Reporter claims:

"After months of, well, gossip, the show's creators/exec producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are proceeding with a spinoff that will serve as a prequel to the sophomore drama and chronicle the wild teen years of Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford) in Los Angeles in the 1980s.

The network has ordered a backdoor pilot for the project, which will air as a "Gossip" episode May 11. The 1980s world will be introduced in flashbacks tied to the episode's story line of Lily and her daughter Serena (Blake Lively) wrestling with a problem, Schwartz said. He would not add further details.

Written by Schwartz and Savage, the spinoff will center on young Lily Rhodes (her maiden name) who, after a falling out with her parents, is forced to move in with her sister, the black sheep of the Rhodes family. Overnight, Lily has to transition from a life of luxury and education at a wealthy Montecito boarding school to living deep in the San Fernando Valley she once made fun of and going to public school. Caught between two worlds, Lily dives into the fast-paced Sunset Strip and the Hollywood lifestyle of the '80s, journeying over the hill to a world of wealth and excess that used to be her own."

Yep. That's right. Los Angeles in the 80's. As if "Gossip Girl" hasn't been the bane of many a parent's existence, you will now have to deal with the cocaine excess of the landscape that brought us Less Than Zero. Oh, hell yes. That's the best we can hope for, I think, Bret Easton Ellis meets GG's sensational style.

In the literary world, little Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momson) has the spin-off book series The It Girl chronicling her reinvention at college (My reasons for knowing this may be cause for a follow-up post). Apparently, TV execs at the CW weren't down with this, and it's probably for the better. Poor Jenny Humphrey. Can't catch a break.

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