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Attention Brittany Snow fans: Don't panic. The news is not as dire as you've heard.
Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that the Gossip Girl spinoff (which we lovingly but inaccurately call Lily) is "dead" at the CW. Could it be true? Could Lily already be off the list of contenders for CW's fall season before we've seen the backdoor pilot (sneak peeks notwithstanding)?
The official word from the CW is "no comment," but here's what insiders are telling us right now:
"Nothing is dead," says a source close to the network. What's that mean? That means the CW programmers are still making their decisions, and everything, including Lily, is still under consideration.
The problem for all of the CW pilots this year is that with Privileged likely to get a pickup (yay for Rina Mimoun!), there are only three spots left in the CW's 10-hours-a-week schedule for new shows. (Gossip Girl, 90210, Supernatural, Smallville, One Tree Hill and America's Next Top Model have all already been ordered for next year.) Throw in the new Melrose Place (which seems to be a virtual certainty), and you've got just two holes left to fill.
Lily may indeed be fighting for one of those two slots against the likes of Mischa Barton's The Beautiful Life and Vampire Diaries, but it's not out of the running yet.
So what's the good news for us fans of Snow and her onscreen sister Krysten Ritter Lily has a lot going for it, including that crackerjack cast, the publicity that comes with anything associated with Gossip Girl, and the nearly irresistible idea of pairing it with the mothership on Monday nights for a block of Josh Schwartz/Stephanie Savage-produced goodness.
Do you want a Gossip Girl spinoff? Or are you waiting until you see what they do with the Lily flashback on Monday's episode, airing 8 p.m. on the CW?