Nicole Richie's new 'Chuck' sitcom role: Typecast much?

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Nicole Richie is following in Lindsay Lohan's "Ugly Betty" footsteps.

The former reality TV star is set to appear in an episode of the NBC comedy "Chuck."

But guess who she'll play? You are correct! She'll be a mean girl.

Gosh, remember when everyone was getting their very own mug shots? Now Hollywood's wild girls are landing roles on TV sitcoms.

According to People, Nicole Richie will play a "snarky and spiteful girl who tortured" actress Yvonne Strahovski's character in high school. In the episode airing sometime this fall, Strahovski's character, Special Agent Sarah Walker, "must face her fears when she is forced to attend her 10-year high school reunion" for a mission with costar Zachary Levi (Chuck) as her date.

"Chuck" executive producer Josh Schwartz says, "Nicole auditioned for the part and was very funny. This role is a great opportunity for her to show off her comedic skills and be diabolically evil and kick some butt. It's going to be really fun."

Richie has also guest-starred on "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" and "American Dreams."

Can her own sitcom be far behind? We hope so. But frankly, we wouldn't be surprised if there's soon a Mean Girls network. And don't be surprised to see Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie and Britney Spears ("How I Met Your Mother") at the Emmys in September.

Photo: Nicole Richie at a Cartier event in Los Angeles on June 18.
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