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Michael Boatman and Tika Sumpter Cast on Gossip Girl

Meet Gossip Girl's Newest Cast Members

The Upper East Side is about to get invaded by new Gossip Girl characters. Michael Boatman and Tika Sumpter have been cast on the series as a father and daughter pair, and since the show has been depending heavily on its guest stars to give the plot any direction, I'm guessing they'll be shaking things up for Blair and the gang.

Boatman, whom you may recognize from '90s sitcom Spin City, will play Russell Thorpe, a Donald Trump-type businessman who has dealt with Bart Bass, and Sumpter will play his "smart and savvy" daughter Raina. Gossip Girl's guest stars usually only stick around for a few episodes, but I'm glad to see fresh new blood — especially if it means that tiresome schemer Juliet is on her way out.

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