Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Hilary Duff is eying a return to series television. The Lizzie McGuire alumna has signed a talent/development deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the rich pact, the studio will develop a half-hour comedy vehicle for Duff to star in and produce. 20th TV can cast Duff in another comedy or drama project if the one she is attached to does not go forward, but the focus of the deal is on finding a half-hour idea and tailoring it to Duff’s comedic sensibilities.

Following her breakthrough starring role on the Disney Channel comedy series Lizzie McGuire, Duff transitioned to movies with the successful Lizzie McGuire movie. Since then, she has done occasional TV guest spots, most notably an arc on Gossip Girl, but this marks her biggest series commitment since Lizzie McGuire. Duff, most recently seen in the indie She Wants Me, is repped by the Gersh Agency, where she is a new client, and Curtis Talent Management.

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