Jurnee Smollett-Bell Joins 'Parenthood' Season 5

Jurnee Smollett-Bell is trading in Bon Temps and vampires for some quality family drama on "Parenthood."

The actress, who has also appeared on "Friday Night Lights" and "Full House," will play Heather Hall, Kristina's (Monica Potter) new campaign manager. TVLine first reported the casting. Look for Smollett-Bell's character to recur.

Smollett-Bell is currently appearing in Season 6 of "True Blood" as Nicole on HBO. Her other TV credits include "The Defenders," "Do No Harm" and "Cosby." The actress appeared on "Parenthood" showrunner's "Friday Night Lights" as Jess Merriweather.

In one of her earliest roles, Smollett-Bell played Michelle Tanner's friend Denise Frazer on "Full House."

Smollett-Bell's character is just one of many new characters on "Parenthood" Season 5. "The Office" veteran David Denman will appear as Ed, "Drop Dead Diva" alum Josh Stamberg will play Carl and "Lost" actress Sonya Walger will play Meredith.

"Parenthood" returns for Season 5 on Thursday, September 26 at 10 p.m. ET.