Ed Westwick To Vamp Up ‘Californication'

One of "Gossip Girl's" sexiest men is joining Showtime's "Californication," Access Hollywood has learned.

In a move that's sure to get fans' blood pumping, Ed Westwick, known for his role as edgy young playboy Chuck Bass on The CW show, will arrive in the second episode of "Californication's" Season 3 as Balt, a student with a fascination for vampire literature. It was unclear at press time if Balt's vampire passion means he is a "Twilight" fan.

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The Showtime comedy's third season will find star David Duchovny becoming a professor in an "attempt to shape the minds of the next generation of scribes," according to a statement from the network.

Other guest stars for Season 3 include Eva Amurri ("Saved!"), Embeth Davidtz ("In Treatment") and rocker Rick Springfield, who will join previously announced actors Kathleen Turner, Diane Farr and Peter Gallagher.

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"Californication" returns to Showtime this fall. In the meantime, Ed fans can find Chuck on new episodes of "Gossip Girl" as its second season concludes later this month.

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