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'Gossip Girl ' scoop: Krysten Ritter joins spin-off

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The CW’s Gossip Girl spin-off has completed its first piece of casting.

Veronica Mars and Gilmore Girls alum Krysten Ritter has been tapped to play Lily’s troubled older sister, Carol, in the offshoot, which chronicles the teen years of Kelly Rutherford’s alter ego.

Described as sweet but a bit of a disaster, Carol is an actress who’s constantly making bad decisions in life and work. Lily ends up moving in with Carol after a falling out with mom and dad.

Circa ’80s Lily and Carol will be introduced in the May 11 episode of Gossip Girl.

Meanwhile, casting for the role of Lily continues. (Psst: If exec producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz end up getting their first choice, there will be a lot of very happy Ausholes out there.)