andrew mccarthy 290 'Gossip Girl': Lily's 'father' Andrew McCarthy to directAndrew McCarthy is trading in a Georgetown bar for the Upper East Side, as he has signed on to direct an episode of “Gossip Girl” next year.

The CW has confirmed to Zap2it that McCarthy directed an episode for next spring — shooting has already wrapped. McCarthy tells People, “We have a nice episode, all sorts of juicy little things happen” and goes on to hint at a “9 1/2 Weeks” situation in one of the storylines.

From what we remember of “9 1/2 Weeks,” it tells the tale of an art gallery assistant (Kim Basinger) who gets pulled into an affair with a man (Mickey Rourke) who is into some rather kinky sex games.

Hmmm. Who on “Gossip Girl” has been involved in an art gallery? People speculated this storyline was about Serena and Tripp, but we’re putting money on Lily and Rufus. Uh oh.

McCarthy also comments on the stars of “Gossip GIrl” being much more savvy today than they were in the 80s. He says, “We were just a bunch of dumb kids running around.”

Dumb but good-looking kids, Andrew. Dumb but good-looking.

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