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EXCLUSIVE! ‘The O.C.’ Star Tate Donovan Is Heading East To Direct ‘Gossip Girl’ In NYC!

Mon, September 27, 2010 1:40pm EDT by Add first Comment
Courtesy of The CW, Getty Images

Courtesy of The CW, Getty Images can confirm exclusively that the Upper East Side is going to get a little beach action this season when Tate comes to town!

You may know him best as Jimmy Cooper, Mischa Barton’s financially unstable dad on The O.C., but now can confirm that Tate Donovan is going to bring some west coast drama to the Upper East Side -– he’ll be directing a new episode of Gossip Girl!

“Tate is directing an episode this week that will air in Nov.,” an insider told us Sept. 27, adding, “As of now, it’s just one episode, but we’ll see what happens. He’s been working on his resume as a director for years now. He’s done several top shows and [the Gossip Girl producers] wanted him.”

Tate’s rep confirmed the news to

Gossip Girl has been hailed as New York’s version of The O.C. –- so it’s only fitting that one of its stars would make the crossover! Now if only Summer (Rachel Bilson) would challenge Blair (Leighton Meester) to a fashion face off in the Big Apple, we’d be the happiest peeps alive!

–Kirstin Benson