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'Gossip Girl': Hilary Duff rings in freshman year

July 1, 2009 |  4:14 pm

The news that Hilary Duff is joining "Gossip Girl" for a multi-episode arc next season has me super excited for the "Gossip" gang's freshman year of college. Duff will play Olivia, a former child-star who enrolls at NYU and happens to get placed as Vanessa's roommate. Her main purpose, however, is to serve as a love interest for Dan, who's obviously got a thing for blonds. Duff makes her debut on the Oct. 5 episode.

Nate is also getting a new love in former "Privileged" star Joanna Garcia, who signed on to play Southern belle Bree Buckley for four episodes. Aside from Vanessa, Nate has yet to date a good girl, so I won't be surprised if Bree has a mean streak. She'll first appear on the season premiere on Sept. 14.

Other things to look forward to in September: Georgina and Blair as roommates, Chuck and Blair as an official couple, Chuck's immersion into the world of Bass Industries and Dan's first keg stand. OK, I made the last one up, but the writers would be silly not to include some embarrassing frat party high jinks.

How do you envision the "Gossip Girl" gang's freshman year? Are you excited to see Hilary Duff and Joanna Garcia on the show?

— Enid Portuguez

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