The WB finalized a few last-minute castings Tuesday, adding Kelly Hu (“X2: X-Men United”) to the net’s “Dark Shadows” pilot, and placing Heath Hyche (“Style and Substance”) on the netlet’s “Blue Collar” comedy sketch project.
In “Dark Shadows” Hu will play Dr. Julia Hoffman, a physician who soon discovers that Barnabas Collins is a vampire.
Warner Bros. TV and John Wells Prods. are behind “Dark Shadows,” which is exec produced by Mark Verheiden, Dan Curtis and Wells. The remake of the classic ’60s Goth soap also stars Martin Donovan, Matt Czuchry, Alexander Gould, Blair Brown, Marley Shelton, Ivana Milicevic, Alec Newman and Jessica Chastain.
Hu’s other credits include “The Scorpion King,” as well as TV series “Martial Law” and “Nash Bridges.”
As for the Frog sketch show, tentatively titled “Blue Collar TV,” Hyche will join headliners Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy.
Production has begun on the show, which has already scored a six-episode commitment from the WB. Fax Bahr, Adam Small, Foxworthy and J.P. Williams exec produce.
Hyche’s other credits include “Saturday Night Special,” and pilots at Fox and ABC.