Hilary Duff, who’s recently gone through a public split from husband Mike Comrie, now has reason to celebrate: she’ll star in Younger, an upcoming comedy series from Sex and the City producer Darren Star. The 26-year-old singer and former Disney standout – remember Lizzie McGuire? – will star as Kelsey, the young friend of 40-year old Liza (Sutton Foster), a newly single mother just getting back into the world of working and dating. Liza’s best friend Maggie (Debi Mazar) gives her a makeover so that she looks 26 and lands a job as an assistant to Diana (Miriam Schor). Foster (pictured to the right), best known for her work on Broadway, has snagged two Tony awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her roles in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes. She most recently starred in Bunheads, a critically acclaimed but short-lived comedy series that aired on ABC Family from 2012 to 2013. Sutton’s real age, by the way, is 39.
TV Land ordered 12 episodes of Younger, which is slated to premiere this Fall. The series will be the first TV Land production to be shot in New York City, no doubt one of Starr’s request due to the on-location New York connection of Sex and the City. The network boasts some of the most popular basic cable comedy shows on television, including Hot in Cleveland and The Soul Man. “There’s nothing better than making a single camera film comedy in New York – and I’m thrilled to be doing this one with TV Land,” said Darren Star. “Larry Jones, Keith Cox and their entire team have been incredibly supportive. Looking forward to working with our awesome cast led by my Broadway crush Sutton Foster.”