Gossip Girl Spinoff: Meet the Cast of the CW’s Lily
Source: Kristin on E!Online
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Sources confirm that the CW is in advanced talks to bring Cynthia Watros (Lost) and Andrew McCarthy (Lipstick Jungle) onboard the Gossip Girl spinoff tentatively titled Lily. Cynthia and Andrew would play CeCe and Rick Rhodes, Lily’s parents and Serena’s grandparents. (Caroline Lagerfelt plays CeCe on the current series.) With mom and pop cast, the producers have now filled out the starting regular-castmember lineup for Lily. And some more good news for us dual Gossip Girl–Veronica Mars fans: Reps for Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, Party Down) confirm that he will also hook up with Lily in the ’80s, reportedly as one of her new Valley pals.
Already onboard and previously announced:
Brittany Snow (American Dreams, Nip/Tuck) will be young Lily Rhodes. (Kelly Rutherford plays her on the current series as a grown, much-married woman) Shiloh Fernandez is set to play Owen, a possible love interest for Lily. Our girl Krysten Ritter (Veronica Mars, Breaking Bad) will be Lily’s wild-child older sister Carol.
Also appearing in the “backdoor pilot” episode airing May 11 is No Doubt, playing themselves in the 1980s before Gwen Stefani went solo, back when they were just kids.
Serena’s father revealed?
“One Tree Hill” alum Matt Barr has been cast in the CW’s “Gossip Girl” spinoff as Keith van der Woodsen, a rich and handsome Malibu prince who is the love interest to Lily Rhodes (Brittany Snow). Set in 1980s Los Angeles, the “Gossip Girl” spinoff chronicles Lily’s wild teen years. While the producers of the WBTV/Alloy project wouldn’t give more clues about the Keith character, speculation is that he could be Lily’s future husband (Lily’s married name is Lily van der Woodsen) and father of Serena van der Woodsen. Barr, repped by Pakula King and Luber Roklin, next appears on CBS’ limited series “Harper’s Island.”
Lily: The Premise
The show will be a prequel, with a “back door pilot” airing May 11 in replacement of a Gossip Girlepisode. The show focuses on Serena’s mother, Lily van der Woodsen (nee Rhodes), as a troubled teenager in 1980’s Los Angeles. Young Lily moves out of her wealthy parents’ home in Montecito to live with her outcast sister in the Valley, where we’ll see her living her oft-mentioned rock ‘n’ roll memories as she attends public school, experiences the glamor of Hollywood and the excess of the Sunset Strip, and of course get tangled up with some bad boys.
Pictured: Krysten Ritter as Carol Rhodes, Brittany Snow as Lily Rhodes.
Brittany Snow as Lily Rhodes
Snow will play the title character, Lily Rhodes–the younger version of Lily van der Woodsen, played by Kelly Rutherford on Gossip Girl, and mother to lead Serena (Blake Lively).
Krysten Ritter as Carol Rhodes
Ritter will play Carol, Lily’s troubled older sister, the “black sheep” of the family who takes Lily in after a fall-out with their parents.
Cynthia Watros as Celia ‘CeCe’ Rhodes
Watros will portray stone-cold socialite CeCe Rhodes, Lily’s mother. On Gossip Girl, CeCe is played by the fabulously frigid Caroline Lagerfelt, who sticks her stuck-up nose into Lily and Serena’s business with the Humphrey boys. We doubt she was any different in the 80’s.
Andrew McCarthy as Rick Rhodes
McCarthy will play Lily’s father Rick Rhodes, a high-powered music company executive.
Matt Barr as Keith van der Woodsen
Finally, Serena’s father revealed! (We think.) Meet Keith van der Woodsen, a wealthy Malibu scion who’s sure to romance Lily sooner or later, given her married name on Gossip Girl.
Shiloh Fernandez as Owen
Owen is set to be a brooding L.A. valley punk “with a caustic wit,” and more than likely a love interest for Lily.
Ryan Hansen as Shep
CW alum Hansen is set to play Shep, Owen’s friend who reportedly has a thing for the other Rhodes sister, Carol.
Special Guest: No Doubt
Also appearing in the “backdoor pilot” episode airing May 11 will be No Doubt, playing themselves in the 1980s, before fame and a solo Gwen Stefani.