Former “In the Heat of the Night” co-star Anne-Marie Johnson will join the ensemble cast next season of the Fox Broadcasting Co. sketch comedy series “In Living Color.”

Johnson recently left “Heat” after six seasons and last winter entered into a holding deal with CBS to appear in a new comedy series.

The pact on the Fox skitcom was negotiated by her agent, Jill Gordon, with Twentieth TV, the show’s production company.

Colorful changes

“In Living Color” has undergone several cast changes for next season following the departure of creator-exec producer Keenen Ivory Wayans, though several key performers will return, among them James Carrey, David Alan Grier and Tommy Davidson.

Johnson’s movie credits include “Strictly Business,””True Identity,””I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” (directed by Wayans) and “Hollywood Shuffle.”

She also appeared in the sitcoms “What’s Happening Now” and “Double Trouble.”

“In Living Color” moves to 9 p.m. Thursdays next fall after airing primarily Sundays since it premiered in April 1990.

The show has been repeating in the Thursday slot since last December.