'Gossip Girl' Producers Eye Spinoff

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'Gossip Girl' producers eye spinoff

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the makers of "Gossip Girl" are planning a spinoff series set at a girls boarding school. Producers are hoping to expand the popular CW show by either giving co-star Taylor Momsen her own series or by introducing a new character in the fall to later spin off. Regardless of which actor is used, the story would likely draw on the arc of Momsen's character Jenny Humphrey in the "Gossip Girl" book series, in which she has to repeat the ninth grade at a boarding school. Her story is told in a series of six "Gossip" spinoff novels called "The It Girl." The big question is whether such a project would be picked up by the CW, which already has two teen dramas set in high school this fall -- "Gossip" and "90210," a contemporary spinoff from the 1980s Fox series. And though "Gossip" has a devoted following and significant cultural buzz, its ratings are pretty modest. A CW spokesman declined comment.
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