Hilary Duff is the CW's Newest Gossip Girl

Hilary Duff. The name rings a certain type of bell, doesn't it? A pink, shiny one with blonde hair and a sparkly coin purse filled with lip gloss. Duff reigned supreme as the tween queen from 2001-2004 as Lizzie McGuire on the Disney Channel. She was innocent, giggly and talented -- the perfect Disney trifecta.

But the show ended and Duff grew up, darkening her golden locks, trading in her rainbow-colored clothes and shedding a few pounds to emerge a sleek, sophisticated young woman. She starred in a few movies as her quasi-twentysomething self, but typecasting prevented her from growing up on-screen when she had done so already off-camera.

Duff took matters into her own hands, pitching her show Barely Legal to NBC. The show was rejected soon after, but luckily the folks at the CW saw a window of opportunity -- as reported by EW.com, Duff will be joining the cast of Gossip Girl for a few episodes next season. Her character, Olivia Burke, is a movie star who attends NYU and rooms with Vanessa (Jessica Szohr). She'll first appear in the season's fourth episode, which airs on Oct. 5.

Duff isn't known for her revolutionary acting, but neither is Gossip Girl. The NYC-centered show picked up where The O.C. left off, pop-culturally-speaking, as an addictive, visually-appealing drama-laden show about wealthy teens -- in other words, as a ratings behemoth. It has launched the careers of Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and Taylor Momsen, among their other castmates, and it'll definitely put Hilary Duff back in the spotlight. Only this time, she'll walk with some age-appropriate sass in her step.

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I thought Hilary was going to become a big movie star, But now like Lindsey Lohan (although lindsey's is due to erratic behavoir) they both have had to come back to TV. So for every Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks there are a lot more like David Caruso, Topher Grace, Shannon Doherty who think they can leave a TV show and become a big movie star. Beware Katherine Heigel.
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she could be better fit for Melrose Place not Gossip Girl
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not a fan of this idea. I'd prefer some newer flash in GG, Hilary isn't such an adequate choice.
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awesome
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I think she might fit in
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I loved her in Lizzie -- can't wait to see how they evolve her persona to fit a new more adult role!
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I love Hillary Duff but she seems to sweet to be on Gossip girl. Blair and Georgina would eat her up and spit her out. Oh well that should be interesting and I can't wait for September.
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so pretty she is! but I am wondering why she created a profile at" Richsingle.net "? It is a site for single rich people and celebrities.
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Ah, I love this show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think this will be interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This will be interesting.
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i cant wait =D
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I'm excited by this news. I grew up on Hilary and her new appearance in GG will make me have to catch up on episodes.
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This will be interesting.
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omg!!!
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Hilary Duff on Gossip GirL? Interesting.
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I like Gossip Girl and all but damn can ya'll bring back the Game so i can get my Grown Woman on?!?!
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got so happy when I saw the headline :D too bad it's only for a few eps
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I was hoping she had joined the cast.. I'll watch her episodes.. but not the rest of the show. :p
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Ugh the less Hilary Duff on TV the better.
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Great I think she will fit in nice.
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Damn, she has turned into a hotty...
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