Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz has made up his mind on the fate of the rumored web series spinoff of the popular Upper East Side drama, according to E! Online. Originally expected to be a prequel series to the oft-referenced backstory of Rufus (Matthew Settle) and Lily (Kelly Rutherford), that plan was apparently ditched for a new storyline centered around the Waldorf’s housekeeper Dorota (Zuzanna Szadkowski).
With the Young Rufus and Lily in Love series scratched, possibly to save costs on the talent side, Blair Waldorf’s sometime confidante will take prime billing in what might end up being called simply Dorota!, a reference to Blair’s incessant beckoning for the trusted housekeeper.
The series will be developed primarily for mobile viewing as part of the show’s distribution deal with Verizon signed last year. Episodes will first be available only through Verizon phones, but are said to be pushed out for web viewing shortly thereafter.
Schwartz is already knee deep in another upcoming teen drama web series, Rockville, CA, which takes a deep dive into Echo Park’s thriving indie rock scene. That series is slated for an early 2009 release on TheWB.com.