NEW YORK — Chris Brown is taking his act from the big stage to the small screen. The R&B sensation, who's been touring with Ne-Yo and a rotating roster of youthful hip-hop stars, is set to join another sprightly cast this fall.

"I'm gonna be on 'The O.C.,' " a smiling Brown revealed Wednesday at the MTV Video Music Awards media forum at Radio City Music Hall.

The singer says producers for the show contacted his management, and Brown jumped at the opportunity. The Virginia native is set to appear in approximately seven episodes of the fourth season of the drama, which begins shooting in October and airing in November.

As a performer, Brown is known to exude the confidence of his idols Michael Jackson and Usher (see "Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Lil Wayne, Juelz Give UCP Crowd Plenty To Scream About"), but on "The O.C." he won't be quite the same dancing machine he normally is.

"I play, like, a band geek — I'm really stepping out of my own character," he said. "I was kind of a geek in school, grade-wise. But style-wise, I was always popular and cool. But [on the show] I'm geeked out all the way. I'm just trying to be myself and then be the character [the role calls for]. I don't look at it like this role takes away from who I am."

Brown admitted to watching a few episodes of "The O.C.," but what really got him prepared was his brief role in "Stomp the Yard," due at the top of the new year, a dance movie that stars Ne-Yo, Columbus Short and Meagan Good (see "Chris Brown's Looking To Get Gritty Like 50 Cent In His Next Film Role").

Brown plans to begin recording his sophomore album in October while filming the show. Though no concepts are in place yet, he would like to release the LP in May to coincide with his 18th birthday.

In the meantime, the singer continues to tour, and after his appearance at the VMAs he'll head to his home state for a show in Virginia Beach on Friday, followed by another set in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Sunday.

But what Brown is most looking forward to is a potential spring tour with Justin Timberlake. He says representatives from the two camps have been in discussions.

An excited Brown said, "Justin, if you reading this, holler at me, man!"

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The complete 2006 MTV Video Music Awards nominees:

    Video Of The Year
  • Christina Aguilera: "Ain't No Other Man"
  • Madonna: "Hung Up"
  • Panic! at the Disco: "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Dani California"
  • Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean: "Hips Don't Lie"

    Best Male Video
  • Busta Rhymes f/ Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott, Lloyd Banks, Papoose & DMX: "Touch It Remix"
  • James Blunt: "You're Beautiful"
  • Kanye West f/ Jamie Foxx: "Gold Digger"
  • Nick Lachey: "What's Left of Me"
  • T.I.: "What You Know
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    Best Female Video
  • Christina Aguilera: "Ain't No Other Man"
  • Kelly Clarkson: "Because of You"
  • Madonna: "Hung Up"
  • Nelly Furtado f/ Timbaland: "Promiscuous"
  • Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean: "Hips Don't Lie"

    Best Group Video
  • The All-American Rejects: "Move Along"
  • Fall Out Boy: "Dance, Dance"
  • Gnarls Barkley: "Crazy"
  • Panic! at the Disco: "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Dani California"

    Best Rap Video
  • 50 Cent: "Window Shopper"
  • Busta Rhymes f/ Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott, Lloyd Banks, Papoose & DMX: "Touch It" (remix)
  • Chamillionaire: "Ridin' "
  • T.I.: "What You Know"
  • Yung Joc f/ Nitty: "It's Goin' Down"

    Best R&B Video
  • Beyoncé f/ Slim Thug: "Check on It"
  • Chris Brown: "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"
  • Jamie Foxx f/ Ludacris: "Unpredictable"
  • Mariah Carey: "Shake It Off"
  • Mary J. Blige: "Be Without You"

    Best Hip-Hop Video
  • Black Eyed Peas: "My Humps"
  • Common: "Testify"
  • Daddy Yankee: "Rompe"
  • Kanye West f/ Jamie Foxx: "Gold Digger"
  • Three 6 Mafia f/ Young Buck, Eightball & MJG: "Stay Fly"

    Best Dance Video
  • Madonna: "Hung Up"
  • Nelly Furtado f/ Timbaland: "Promiscuous"
  • Pussycat Dolls f/ Snoop Dogg: "Buttons"
  • Sean Paul: "Temperature"
  • Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean: "Hips Don't Lie"

    Best Rock Video
  • 30 Seconds to Mars: "The Kill"
  • AFI: "Miss Murder"
  • Green Day: "Wake Me Up When September Ends"
  • Panic! at the Disco: "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Dani California"

    Best Pop Video
  • Christina Aguilera: "Ain't No Other Man"
  • Madonna: "Hung Up"
  • Nelly Furtado f/ Timbaland: "Promiscuous"
  • Pink: "Stupid Girls"
  • Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean: "Hips Don't Lie"

    Best New Artist In A Video
  • Angels and Airwaves: "The Adventure"
  • Avenged Sevenfold: "Bat Country"
  • Chris Brown f/ Juelz Santana, "Run It!"
  • James Blunt: "You're Beautiful"
  • Panic! at the Disco: "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"
  • Rihanna: "S.O.S."

    Viewer's Choice
  • Chris Brown f/ Juelz Santana: "Run It!"
  • Fall Out Boy: "Dance, Dance"
  • Kelly Clarkson: "Because of You"
  • Rihanna: "S.O.S."
  • Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean: "Hips Don't Lie"

    MTV2 Award
  • Three 6 Mafia f/ Young Buck, Eightball & MJG: "Stay Fly"
  • 30 Seconds to Mars: "The Kill"
  • Lil Wayne: "Fireman"
  • Taking Back Sunday: "Makedamnsure"
  • Yung Joc f/ Nitty: "It's Goin' Down"

    Ringtone Of The Year
  • Black Eyed Peas: "My Humps"
  • Bubba Sparks f/ Ying Yang Twins: "Ms. New Booty"
  • Fort Minor: "Where'd You Go"
  • Nelly f/Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp: "Grillz"
  • Kanye West f/ Jamie Foxx: "Gold Digger"

    Best Direction In A Video
  • 10 Years: "Wasteland" (Director: : Kevin Kerslake)
  • AFI: "Miss Murder" (Director: Marc Webb)
  • Common: "Testify" (Director: Anthony Mandler)
  • Gnarls Barkley: "Crazy" (Director: Robert Hales)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Dani California" (Director: Tony Kaye)

    Best Choreography In A Video
  • Christina Aguilera: "Ain't No Other Man"
  • Madonna: "Hung Up"
  • Pussycat Dolls f/ Snoop Dogg: "Buttons"
  • Sean Paul: "Temperature"
  • Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean: "Hips Don't Lie"

    Best Special Effects In A Video
  • Angels and Airwaves: "The Adventure"
  • Beck: "Hell Yes"
  • Missy Elliott: "We Run This"
  • Pearl Jam: "Life Wasted"
  • U2: "Original of the Species"

    Best Art Direction In A Video
  • 10 Years: "Wasteland"
  • Common: "Testify"
  • Panic! at the Disco: "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Dani California"
  • Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean: "Hips Don't Lie"

    Best Editing In A Video
  • The All-American Rejects: "Move Along"
  • Angels and Airwaves: "The Adventure"
  • Gnarls Barkley: "Crazy"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Dani California"
  • U2: "Original of the Species"

    Best Cinematography In A Video
  • AFI: "Miss Murder"
  • Ashlee Simpson: "Invisible"
  • James Blunt: "You're Beautiful"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Dani California"
  • Prince: "Black Sweat"

    Best Video Game Soundtrack
  • "Final Night Round 3" (Electronic Arts)
  • "Burnout Revenge" (Electronic Arts)
  • "NBA 2K6" (2K Games)
  • "Driver: Parallel Lines" (Atari)
  • "Mark Ecko's Getting Up" (Atari)

    Best Video Game Score
  • "Hitman: Blood Money" (Jesper Kyd)
  • "Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter" (Tom Salta)
  • "Dreamfall: The Longest Journey" (Leon Willett)
  • "Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" (Jeremy Soule)
  • "Electroplankton" (User Generated Soundtrack)