Hilary Duff is starting the New Year fresh. In addition to separating from her husband, Mike Comrie, the former Lizzie McGuire star is also returning to television in a brand new series which will air on TV Land.
“Hilary Duff is set to star opposite Sutton Foster in Younger, TV Land’s single-camera comedy pilot written and executive produced by Sex And the City creator Darren Star,” Deadline reported on January 14. “Based on the novel by Pamela Redmond Satran, Younger centers on Liza (Foster), a 40-something woman who reinvents herself and starts living a double life; one as a suburban mom and another as a 29-year old working girl in the city, after her husband leaves her and her child goes to college.”
The report continued, “Duff will play Kelsey, a smart ambitious 20-something who welcomes Liza to the publishing firm, treats her as a contemporary and makes a concerted effort to integrate her into her social life, having no idea that Liza is a decade older.”
This will be Duff’s first TV project for the New Year and the first recurring role for Duff since 2009 when she starred in The CW’s hit series “Gossip Girl” playing Olivia Burke. Following her “Gossip Girl” appearance, Duff made several guest appearances on hit shows including “Community,” “Raising Hope,” “Two And a Half Men,” and “Dora The Explorer” (her voice was used for the Ice Witch).
Duff has appeared in many movies as well, the most popular of which include “Cheaper By The Dozen,” with Steven Martin, “A Cinderella Story,” and “Material Girls,” which she starred in alongside her older sister Haylie Duff.
Later this year, Duff will also appear in “Flock of Dudes,” an independent film based on the lives of script writers. The film is currently awaiting its release.
On January 10, Duff and her husband Mike Comrie announced they were separating after three years of marriage and one child together, Luca, 21-months-old.
“Hilary Duff and husband Mike Comrie have mutually decided to an amicable separation. They remain best friends and will continue to be in each other’s lives,” their rep told press. “They are dedicated to loving and parenting their amazing son, and ask for privacy at this time.”
At the time, Duff also reached out to fans on Twitter, saying, “Mike and I are sitting here, we are so appreciative for all of your kindness & well wishes. Not an easy day but we’re getting thru it together.”
Production on “Younger” is set to begin in New York City in early February.
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