In anticipation of tonight's 80's flashback Gossip Girl
episode, the folks over at Zap2It spoke with producer Stephanie Schwartz about all the retro fashion and music we can expect, plus the longview on where the Lily backstory will lead (if the series gets picked up, that is).
Read on for the highlights from the interview. Head over here for more spoilers, and be sure to tune in tonight at 8 PM on the CW for "Valley Girls," a half-Prom, half-80's adventure!
80s. Love it. Already on board. But exactly what year will things begin, will we know?
We're going to try and be somewhat vague about that, just so we don't
get trapped in nitpicking, but we're starting somewhere around 1983.
The idea is that it's Lily in high school, so we wanted to give it a
nice long run before it turns into the 90s when she'd be meeting Rufus.
"Gossip Girl" episode during which Lily made a list of all the men
she'd slept with... should we have been pausing our DVRs and looking
closely at that list? Any of those guys going to pop up should the show
go to series in the fall?
SS: Well the names on that list
were mostly our crew members' names, and that's largely just for legal
reasons. A lot of the guys that would have been on Lily's list, that
are on the list in her mind, are guys that are older and have families
now and they don't necessarily want to be associated with Lily's past.
But we'll still be telling those stories, definitely.
How would you describe the tone of the show? Comparable to "Fast Times"? "Valley Girl"? "Less Than Zero"?
It's kind of, I think, a combination of all of those. We definitely
didn't want it to be joke-y and campy and we worked really hard, and I
think succeeded -- knock on wood -- in terms of the fashion and the
music and the production design, to make something that felt fun,
definitely, but also grounded in a reality where we could tell dramatic
stories. So you're not, like, having an emotional scene where you're
[distracted by] their makeup or their ponytail or their shoulder pads.
We wanted to keep the show aspirational, in terms of the clothes and
the music. Young women who watch "Gossip Girl" to get ideas about
fashion will also want to watch this to get ideas about fashion.
They'll be slightly different ideas, but it still feels aspirational
and like something that you'd want to be a part of, rather than make
fun of. And we hope we can turn people on to music that they don't
know, or movies or TV shows that they may have heard of, but never
Not going to lie, I'm psyched for the fashion.
When we were shooting it, we were looking around at each other going,
Oh my God, my hair is so flat, I have no volume, my clothes are really
boring, I have to work on my accessories.
And what about the music, will it be more mainstream 80s or edgy...?
both, we definitely have different worlds represented in our show. The
Los Angeles punk scene is represented. And then there are the more
obvious KROQ radio hits. Jumping between these two worlds is important
to the show. Lily is living with her sister in the Valley and kind of
hanging out in the punk rock scene, but she and her sister come from a
wealthy family and their parents are more aligned with a Pacific
Palisades/Beverly Hills/Malibu, "Less Than Zero" world. So her
struggle, kind of as it is in "Gossip Girl," is to try and figure out
what kind of world she wants to be in.
the music include songs that were actually recorded and released in the
80s or will you be using new bands that have kind of an 80s sound and
feel to them?
SS: The music that the characters are listening
to will be true to the period. But we definitely want to use newer
music that has an 80s feel to it as well. And we also want to have new
bands who can kind of do cameos as a period band.
Anyone you have your eye on?
Well, in our first pilot episode that is going to air as part of
"Gossip Girl" [tonight], we have "No Doubt." They are playing "Snowed
Out," their fictional 80s counterparts!
it. Last thing, I have to know, if the show gets picked up, are you
really going to cast actors to play the 80s versions of "O.C."
characters Jimmy Cooper and Kirsten Nichol?
SS: I don't think
it would be a huge part of the show, but it's always been in the back
of our minds that Lily's character comes from California and, coming
from Montecito, she may have crossed paths with our Newport Beach
characters. They grew up around the same time. And it's something we're
able to do because Warner Brothers and [executive producer] Josh
[Schwartz] control those characters, so we can bring them to life if we
chose to do that. It could be a lot of fun...
-Meghan Carlson, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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