THE WB ROLLS OUT THE WELCOME MAT FOR NEW CAST MEMBERS IN THE 2005-2006 SEASON
Burbank, CA July 22, 2005
NEW REGULAR CAST MEMBERS INCLUDE KALEY CUOCO ON �CHARMED,� KIELE SANCHEZ ON �RELATED� AND JAIME LEE KIRCHNER ON �JUST LEGAL�
GUEST STARS INCLUDE HAYLIE DUFF ON �7TH HEAVEN,� JASON LEWIS OF �SEX AND THE CITY� FAME ON �CHARMED,� MEKIA COX ON �ONE TREE HILL,� JUSTIN BALDONI ON �EVERWOOD,� MARIKA DOMINCZYK AND REILEY McCLENDON ON �JUST LEGAL�
The WB Network will welcome a mix of new faces and returning stars to its primetime lineup this fall, it was announced today by David Janollari, The WB's President, Entertainment, at the Summer 2005 Television Critics� Association Press Tour.
The CHARMED ones will be joined this season by Kaley Cuoco, star of the hit comedy �8 Simple Rules.� Cuoco will play Billie, a young witch under the tutelage of Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Paige (Rose McGowan). A model and commercial actress from the age of 6, Cuoco has appeared in the feature films �The Hollow,� �Lucky 13,� �Picture Perfect� and �Virtuosity.�
Also on CHARMED, a handsome new face will be conjured up when Jason Lewis (who played Smith, Samantha's gorgeous boy toy in �Sex And The City�) guest stars in a six-episode arc as Dex, an artist who has admired Phoebe from afar but never worked up the courage to ask her out. Now, Phoebe tries to form a relationship with Dex � especially after she has a premonition that she will marry him. CHARMED is produced by Spelling Television, Inc., a Paramount/Viacom company. Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent (�7th Heaven,� �Beverly Hills, 90210,� �Melrose Place�) serve as executive producers along with Brad Kern (�Hill Street Blues,� �Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,� �New York Undercover�). CHARMED was created by Constance M. Burge (�Savannah�) and airs on The WB on Sunday nights (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET).
Kiele Sanchez joins the ensemble cast of The WB's new drama, RELATED, as the second-oldest Sorelli sister. Sanchez is known for her roles in two previous series, the comedy �Married to the Kellys� and the drama �That Was Then.� She joins Jennifer Esposito, Lizzy Caplan, Laura Breckenridge and Callum Blue in this series that focuses on four adult sisters at different stages of their lives in New York City. Sanchez plays Anne, a therapist who specializes in counseling transvestites. Ann's own personal life is in turmoil as she faces the painful breakup of her long-time relationship. Despite the upheaval in her life, Ann is always the strong, capable one, the sister who knows who she is and where she belongs. RELATED is from Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. and Class IV Productions with executive producers Marta Kauffman (�Friends�), Steve Pearlman, Andrew Plotkin and executive consultant Liz Tuccillo (�Sex and The City� and the best-selling book �He's Just Not That Into You�). RELATED premieres this fall on The WB on Wednesday nights (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
Jaime Lee Kirchner joins the cast of JUST LEGAL as Dulcinea �Dee� Cruz, a tough and beautiful ex-criminal now working as a receptionist in the law office of two attorneys, Grant Cooper (Don Johnson) and Skip Ross (Jay Baruchel). A former client of Cooper's who took the job to pay off her legal fees and fulfill her parole requirements, Dee is an African-American in her mid-twenties. Kirchner previously starred in the role of Mimi in the touring company of the hit musical �Rent.�
Also joining JUST LEGAL in guest starring roles will be Marika Dominczyk (�The Orphan King,� �The Help�) as Kate Manat, a wealthy, ambitious and beautiful young attorney, and Reiley McClendon, the underachieving younger brother of Skip Ross. Jerry Bruckheimer (�CSI,� �Cold Case,� �Without a Trace�), Jonathan Littman (�CSI,� �Cold Case,� �Without a Trace�) and Jonathan Shapiro (�The Practice,� �Boston Legal�) are executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Brothers Television Production Inc. JUST LEGAL premieres this fall on The WB on Monday nights (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET).
Haylie Duff will guest star in 13 episodes of The WB's highest-rated series 7TH HEAVEN as Sandy, a young woman whose unexpected pregnancy throws lives into turmoil. Duff's other recent television appearances include a recurring role in �Joan of Arcadia� and guest star stints in �Boston Public,� �Third Watch,� �American Dreams� and �That's So Raven.� Her feature film roles include the 2004 indie hit �Napoleon Dynamite� and the upcoming �Dishdogz.� She recently wrapped principal photography on �Material Girls,� co-starring with younger sister Hilary, for Madonna's Maverick Films. The sisters will record a new version of Madonna's song �Material Girl� for the picture. 7TH HEAVEN was created by Brenda Hampton (�Fat Actress,� �Mad About You,� �Blossom�), who also serves as executive producer along with Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent. The series is produced by Spelling Television, Inc., a Paramount/Viacom company. 7TH HEAVEN, which reaches its milestone 200th episode this season, airs on The WB on Monday nights (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET).
A new face will also arrive in EVERWOOD this season when Justin Baldoni (�Spring Break Shark Attack�) guest stars as Reid Bardem, a handsome young med student who catches the eye of Amy Abbott (Emily VanCamp). Through Amy's manipulations, Reid ends up rooming with her brother, Bright (Chris Pratt), and ex-boyfriend, Ephram (Gregory Smith). EVERWOOD is from creator/executive producer Greg Berlanti (�Jack & Bobby,� �Dawson's Creek�) and executive producers Mickey Liddell (�Go�) and Rina Mimoun (�Dawson's Creek�) and is produced by Everwood Utah, Inc. in association with and distributed by Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. This fall, EVERWOOD moves to Thursday nights (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET).
On ONE TREE HILL, Mekia Cox (�Kenan and Kel�) will guest star as Faith, a young African-American girl who has crafted her identity around her mother's inability to remain in one place too long. While confident, smart and talented, Faith wrestles with difficulties of fitting in and constantly being uprooted each time she does. ONE TREE HILL is from executive producer and show creator Mark Schwahn (�The Perfect Score�), executive producers Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola (�Smallville�) and Mark Perry for Tollin/Robbins Productions and Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. This fall, ONE TREE HILL moves to Wednesday nights (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET).