‘Gossip Girl' Gets Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff is The CW's newest "Gossip Girl."

The network confirmed to Access Hollywood on Wednesday that the singer-actress is joining the show's cast for its upcoming third season. She's set to debut in the fourth episode on October 5.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, who was first to report the casting, Hilary will play Olivia Burke, a movie star who retreats from the limelight for a "traditional college experience" at NYU, where she'll room with Vanessa (Jessica Szohr).

That may not be the third season's only odd college pairing – the second season concluded with Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg) requesting to room with frenemy Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) at the New York school.

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Hilary had an opening in her schedule after NBC turned down her pilot, "Barely Legal."

"Gossip Girl" returns to The CW this September.

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