Earlier this year we learned that The CW has green lighted production of a Gossip Girl spin-off series that would focus on GG matriarch character Lily van der Woodsen from her wild child younger days in the 80′s. After buzz about the prequel series died down a bit we learned that Brittany Snow was cast in the role of young Lily van der Woodsen and today we get our first look at Brittany as Lily on the set of the as-yet-untitled GG spin-off project which began filming this week:
Gucci bag? Check. Riding boots and blazer? Check. Porsche convertible? Check her out! It’s the young Lily van der Woodsen! Brittany Snow looked just the part Tuesday as she packed up her Louis Vuitton luggage at the Sip-n-Pump gas station next to Neptune Restaurant in Malibu, Calif. Shooting just began on the new Gossip Girl spin-off, the highly-anticipated back story of Serena’s mom, played by Kelly Rutherford on the CW hit. Snow, 23, plays Lily Rhodes, who is growing up in Los Angeles in the ’80s. The show will chronicle Lily’s “wildchild teenager” days, according to a release from the CW. Former One Tree Hill star Matt Barr was recently cast as Keith van der Woodsen, a rich Malibu prince who is rumored to be Lily’s future husband since her married name is Lily van der Woodsen.
Furthermore: The show will chronicle Lily’s “wildchild teenager” days, according to a release from the CW. That includes her falling out with her parents, her subsequent move to the Valley to live with her black sheep sister and (gasp!) going to public school. This backdoor pilot will air as the May 11 episode of Gossip Girl.
See … I dunno about this. I mean, a prequel TV series that will run concurrently with the original show? While I am interested, somewhat, in the GG characters, I’m not sure that I’m all that interested in an entire backstory history of one of the older characters on the show. I think Lily van der Woodsen is a fabulous character on Gossip Girl but do I really care about her youth? I mean … I guess. The fact that the spin-off series is set in the 80′s has some appeal to me but … I’m not sold just yet. What do y’all think? Is this the spin-off you’d want to see from Gossip Girl?