Jurnee Smollett to Go Political on Parenthood

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Parenthood is dipping its toes back into the Friday Night Lights casting pool.

TV Line confirms that Jurnee Smollett - showing these days with Sam on True Blood - has snagged a recurring role on Parenthood Season 5.

The actress will portray Heather Hall, a a brash campaign manager who will be hired by Kristina when this character runs for local office.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell on True Blood

Smollett is the latest star plucked by producer Jason Katims from his former NBC drama. She joins a Friday Night Lights guest star list that includes Matt Lauria (returning this fall!), Minka Kelly, Michael B. Jordan, Derek Phillips, Angela Rawna and Jeff Rosic.

Parenthood Season 5, meanwhile, kicks off on Thursday, September 26 at 10/9c.

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