By Michael Ausiello
Updated February 05, 2009 at 05:28 PM EST

Forget that ho-hum Oscar nomination. Now Anne Hathaway has something even cooler to brag about: her very own Gossip Girl plot!

Sources confirm to me exclusively that the show is planning a season-ending story line loosely inspired by the actress’ infamous (and fizzled) romance with Italian grifter Raffaello Follieri, who was convicted last October on 14 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy. In the world of Gossip Girl, Blake Lively’s Serena will play the unsuspecting ingenue who falls for a handsome European socialite — in this case a hunk named Gabriel (casting is under way).

Though she won’t confirm or deny the story’s Hathaway-esque twists,

executive producer Stephanie Savage reveals that Serena’s beau is “very

well-traveled, part of the global elite. He’s not a brooding artist

like Dan or Aaron rose. He’s definitely a grown-up, and that’s something Serena is very attracted to.”

Word is that GG‘s version of the story will take a turn that is so much

darker than the Hathaway saga that it ultimately puts Serena’s life in

danger. Moreover, it triggers the return of Michelle Trachtenberg’s

Georgina Sparks and casts our heroine’s sworn frenemy in the unlikely

role of savior.

What do you guys think? Is GG smart to be ripping stories from the

headlines? Or are you annoyed that so early in its run, its writers are

already cribbing plotlines from the tabs? Sound off below. (You first,