Nikki Reed hits the beach in The O.C.

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Nikki Reed, the star of the acclaimed indie feature thirteen, is set to make her TV debut with a four-episode stint on Fox's drama The O.C..

Reed, 17, will play a girl who joins the group of Newport Beach, California, teens in the center of the third-season show.

It will be a somewhat familiar setting for Reed, who grew up in another Southern California beach community, Venice.

Reed won an Independent Spirit Award in 2004 for her breakthrough performance in thirteen, the movie based on her experience as a rebellious 13-year-old, which she wrote with the movie's director, Catherine Hardwicke.

She recently appeared in Hardwicke's summer release Lords of Dogtown and in American Gun, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. She next appears in the indie film noir Cherry Crush.

Meanwhile, Fox's 24 has expanded its ensemble for its fifth season, set to debut January 15, with the addition of Julian Sands, former Robocop Peter Weller, and JoBeth Williams.

Sands will play billionaire bad guy Vladimir Bierko, while Weller will portray veteran federal agent Christopher Henderson, who recruited Jack Bauer, the lead character played by Kiefer Sutherland, into the counterterrorism unit more than a decade ago. Williams will play Henderson's wife.

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