This television series was adapted from the widely popular book series by Cecily von Ziegesar known as Gossip Girl. Initially meant to be adapted into a film, Josh Schwartz (the same creator of The O.C.) took on the project and created another great teen drama. Surprisingly, Gossip Girl didn’t start off with the best welcoming from viewers, but by the end of the six seasons the show had become a total cultural phenomenon it terms of fashion, drama and ratings as it raked up a bigger and bigger fan base. Narrated by Kristen Bell, the series followed the fictional lives of these rich and spoiled adolescents living in Manhattan on the Upper East side, with the exception of the odd hipster here and there, also known as Dan and Vanessa. What was so interesting about this show was that it offered insight into the interesting lives of New York’s elite. The show has been off the air for about four years, and we’ve decided to unearth some fun and interesting facts from behind-the-scenes of Gossip Girl!
10. Potential Spin-Off Series
During the first few seasons of filming Gossip Girl there were rumored plans in place to give Jenny Humphrey’s character a spin off series that would follow her as she went off to boarding school. The spin-off was supposed to mirror “The It Girl” novel that was adapted from the “Gossip Girl” novel series. Things on television didn’t turn out like the novels though; the CW didn’t pick up the pilot and Taylor Momsen, who played the character of Jenny, left the show to pursue a career in music with her alternative rock group, The Pretty Reckless. She was only 14-years-old when the show started filming! There were also intentions to do a spin-off set in the ’80s focusing on the characters of Lily and Carol Rhodes, but the CW passed on the pilot and it eventually just became part of season 2 on Gossip Girl. It would have featured Brittany Snow as a young Lily and feature younger versions of characters from The O.C. which was also produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. These two love linking up the two worlds.© The CW / Courtesy Everett Collection