The actor has been cast in the ABC pilot Boom

By Michele Corriston
Updated March 11, 2015 05:40 PM
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Spotted: Chace Crawford ready to return to TV.

The Gossip Girl actor has been cast as the lead in ABC’s pilot Boom, PEOPLE has confirmed.

This is his first leading role on the small screen since the soapy CW show ended in 2012, though Crawford, 29, guested as a WASP-y Yale student on Glee last season (typecasting, much?).

In honor of the sexy star’s comeback, we’re taking a trip down memory lane with Nate Archibald, the brooding lax bro he played on Gossip Girl. Here are Crawford’s hottest moments as the prince of the Upper East Side. (And yes, he’s shirtless in most of them. Xoxo, Gossip Girl.)

It’s tough to tell whose heart broke the most after this shot: Chuck’s (Ed Westwick), because his BFF Nate was about to seal the deal with his secret love, or ours, because there will never a more devilishly handsome wink in cinematic history.

Most fans shipped Blair (Leighton Meester) and Chuck, but that doesn’t make the moment Nate and B finally did the deed any less scorching. Hello, washboard abs.

Say it with us: Your hair looks sexy pushed back. Blair sewed a heart-shaped pin into this green sweater so he’d always wear her heart on his sleeve.

Nate tamed the ultimate cougar, L.A. businesswoman Diana Payne (Elizabeth Hurley). Luckily, she ended up not being Chuck’s long-lost mom, so this steamy scene didn’t actually break the guy code.

Serena (Blake Lively) forgave Dan (Penn Badgley) for blogging (and blackmailing all their friends!) as Gossip Girl and ended up with “Lonely Boy” in the finale. But – even though they cheated on Blair – we always loved how S brought out Nate’s silly side.

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