“The O.C.” may be history, but the show’s creator, Josh Schwartz, has scored his second pilot pickup and just signed a rich overall deal with Warner Bros. TV, reports Variety.
The CW has greenlit “Gossip Girl,” from Schwartz and fellow “O.C.” alum Stephanie Savage, representing the network’s first-ever scripted pilot order. The hourlong teen drama is based on the popular book series of the same name.
The “Gossip Girl” thumbs-up comes a day after NBC ordered “Crumbs,” a drama pilot from Schwartz and Chris Fedak. That means Warner Bros. TV’s three-year, seven-figure pact with Schwartz is already paying off for the studio.
“Gossip Girl” is about the world of New York teens and their parents, as told through the eyes of an anonymous blogger. The book series’ 10 editions have sold more than 2 million copies and an 11th is in the works.
Schwartz and Savage will executive produce “Gossip Girl” along with Alloy’s Bob Levy and Leslie Morgenstein.