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Pilot Scoop: Katie Cassidy Going To Georgetown

Melrose Place and Gossip Girl alum Katie Cassidy is returning to the primetime soap fold.

Cassidy has been cast opposite Lone Star‘s James Wolk in the ABC drama pilot Georgetown, from Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The hourlong project centers around the young people behind the power brokers of Washington, DC. The main protagonist, Andrew Pierce (Wolk), is an effortlessly charming and brilliant Yale graduate and the youngest Presidential speech writer on record. Cassidy will play Nikki, a smart and quick-witted junior staffer in the White House Communications Office with connections to the First Lady.

Also cast in the the hourlong project is Persons Unknown’s Daisy Betts. The ICM-repped actress plays Samantha, an idealistic young staffer for the Democratic President who shares a romantic history with Andrew.