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OTRC: Barry Watson of '7th Heaven' fame cast in 'Gossip Girl' - Spoilers

Barry Watson appears in a scene from the 2011 TV film 'My Future Boyfriend.' (Disney)

Barry Watson will be romancing a certain socialite on "Gossip Girl" when the series returns for its final season. Warning: Spoilers ahead.

The former "7th Heaven" and "Samantha Who?" actor has been cast on the show to be the love interest for Serena van der Woodsen, played by 24-year-old Blake Lively, according to TV Line.

The character's name is Steven Spence and he is described as a "young entrepreneur." It will be a recurring role for Watson, 38, who recently starred in the ABC Family film "My Future Boyfriend" with Sara Rue.

Watson also recently appeared in the TV movie "Kiss at Pine Lake" and was the lead in the series "What About Brian" and guest starred on a 2010 episode of "Drop Dead Diva." The actor battled Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2002.

Watson has been married twice and is the father of two sons with second wife Tracy Hutson. He recently welcomed a daughter named Clover Clementyne Watson with Natasha Gregson Wagner, the daughter of actress Natalie Wood and producer Richard Gregson.

It was announced in May that "Gossip Girl" would come to an end after the sixth season. The show has been renewed by The CW for a shorter season with just 11 episodes.

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