Blake Lively: ‘Gossip Girl' Spin-Off ‘Great Idea!'

Fans will have to wait another few months before getting their first glimpse at the “Gossip Girl” spin-off, but the project already has Blake Lively’s full endorsement.

“I think it’s a great idea!” Blake told at the DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl in Tampa, Florida, where Blake was on-hand to enjoy the pre-Super Bowl festivities last week.

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As previously reported on, the spin-off will actually serve as a series prequel, focusing on a teenage Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford’s character), growing up as Lily Rhodes in Los Angeles during the 1980s.

After a falling out with her parents, a teenage Lily is forced to move in with her sister – the “black sheep” of the Rhodes family.

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But while Lily spent her childhood as a “have,” attending a high-priced boarding school in Montecito, Calif., she must now adjust to life as a “have not,” as she moves to the Valley and enrolls in public school.

And “Gossip Girl” fans will be introduced to the spin-off during the May 11 episode of “Gossip Girl.”

“They actually don’t tell us much,” Blake laughed about the new series’ details. “But our second-to-last episode is going to double as their pilot. So a lot of our show will be flashbacks of the young Lily and the young Rufus, which you’ll be seeing in the new series.”

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However, the actress, who plays Serena van der Woodsen on the hit CW show, hinted that it’s not set in stone the spin-off will get its own series.

“If that episode gets a good response, then the new series will happen next year,” Blake added.

So while “Gossip Girl” in entrenched in the high-fashion glitz and glamour of New York’s Upper East Side, the spin-off could take a much different tone.

“It’s an ‘80s show!” Penn Badgley joked at the DirecTV event.

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