Sarah Michelle Gellar will make her return to the small screen this fall in The CW’s Ringer. The series follows her character Bridget, a woman who witnesses a murder and attempts to hide out by taking on the identity of her estranged twin sister. Drama!

Ringer brings Gellar “back” to the network that was (kind of) home to the beloved Buffy the Vampire Slayer (back when The CW was The WB and UPN). Looking at the premise and the videos, there’s a sort of soapy flavor to Ringer, which is fitting for Gellar as her pre-Buffy work included a regular gig on All My Children. I’m sure plenty of people will tune in for Gellar or because they’re intrigued by the story of a woman getting a “fresh” start by taking over someone else’s life.

Below is the CW’s full synopsis for the series and further down are some videos.

Ringer: Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister – only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind.

Bridget is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado, Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm. In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan. Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin, Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life – a life where no one knows that Bridget exists. The sisters seem to be mending their frayed relationship, until Siobhan disappears mysteriously, and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister’s identity. She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan’s best friend, Gemma, and Gemma’s husband, Henry. And when someone tries to kill Bridget in her sister’s penthouse, she realizes she is no safer as Siobhan than she is as herself. The series stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as Bridget and Siobhan, Kristoffer Polaha as Henry, Ioan Gruffudd as Andrew Martin, Nestor Carbonell as Agent Victor Machado and Tara Summers as Gemma.

Ringer is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television in association with ABC Television Studios and Brillstein Entertainment with executive producers Pam Veasey (CSI, NY, The District), Peter Traugott (Samantha Who?) and Emmy Award-winner Richard Shepard (Ugly Betty). The pilot was directed by Richard Shepard.

Ringer will air on Tuesdays (9-10 p.m.) on The CW starting Fall 2011.

CLICK HERE to view The CW’s Fall 2011 Primetime Schedule.

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