New, returning network shows await casting moves

New faces for 'Heroes,' others

The 2006-07 season is barely over and the broadcast networks announced their fall schedules only a week ago, but buzz has started about new characters being added to returning hits next season and roles being recast on the newly picked-up rookie shows.

NBC's "Heroes," which wrapped its freshman season with an explosive finale Monday, is rumored to be introducing at least four or five new characters next season, mostly with international flavor, including a sexy boyfriend for everyone's favorite cheerleader Claire (Hayden Panettiere).

According to floated breakdowns, also potentially joining the cast of characters on "Heroes" next season are a 28-year-old black mother, a surrogate for Niki's (Ali Larter) son, an Irish mobster and a hot twentysomething Latina. It is believed that most characters will only do arcs on the show.

Among the new characters on Fox's "Prison Break," which will find Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and the gang locked up in a Panama prison next season, are a mysterious fisherman who apparently is wrongfully imprisoned there, a beautiful local woman who is the fisherman's girlfriend, a Panamanian drug kingpin and a female freelance operative with a government conspiracy organization.

On the new series side, Shannon Lucio is being replaced on CBS' drama "Moonlight," and Jessica St. Clair's character on NBC's comedy "The IT Crowd" is being recast.