Fans of the CW’s Gossip Girl have been anxious to learn more since rumors of a spin-off surfaced recently, wondering if current cast members would be leaving the hit show to star in the new series. Now a CW insider is telling Star magazine that the spin-off will center on the early romance between Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford) and Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Settle).

According to the network insider, the spin-off will begin when Lily and Rufus first meet and become a couple. But Gossip Girl fans need not fear, as the network plans to cast two new actors to play these younger versions of Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan’s (Penn Badgely) parents. All the original cast members of Gossip Girl will remain intact.

It’s also been reported that the producers of Gossip Girl plan to reveal the past versions of Lily and Rufus during a flashback sequence in an upcoming episode of the original series.

The new series will begin filming in February of 2009, and fans can expect it to begin airing next season.

As Gossip Girl viewers are well aware, Lily and Rufus have a tumultuous past as a couple, beginning their relationship at the peak of Rufus’s rock and roll fame and Lily’s wild years of rebellion against her Upper Eastside upbringing.

Viewers also know that romance between Rufus and Lily does not end happily ever after, having witnessed the evidence of Rufus’s heartache and both characters’ divorces decades later. But the spin-off promises to delve deeper into the conflicts between Rufus’s rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and Lily’s high society pressures that lead to their unraveling as a couple.

Gossip Girl is quickly becoming its own franchise, with other spin-offs of the popular series already in the works, including maid Dorota’s upcoming series of mobisodes to air on Verizon phones, and the literary spin-off following the adventures of Jenny Humphrey, called The It Girl.

-Meghan Carlson, BuddyTV Staff Writer
Source: Star Magazine
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Meghan Carlson

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