In a move representative of their usual amount of innovation, The CW recently announced that a Gossip Girl spinoff is in the works.

The new show will follow a young Lily van der Woodsen (Serena’s mom)’s adventures as an 80s wild child in LA. I’m going to assume that Rufus Humphrey and his rock band will be major players in the saga as well.

The CW hasn’t come up with a new idea in ages and greenlighting a spinoff of their most successful show certainly doesn’t count; but the idea is fresh, unexpected and welcome. Not only is Lily and Rufus’ love story one of Gossip Girl’s more engaging elements but I welcome anything from the mind and pen of executive producer Josh Schwartz with open arms.