Arielle Kebbel of 'Vampire Diaries' to Star in 'Glee' Knock-Off 'Hallelujah'
Actress Arielle Kebbel has appeared in just about every vampire project out there: "True Blood," "The Vampire Diaries," and even "Vampires Suck" have all featured Kebbel. Now, she's set to appear in the pilot for the gospel-inspired "Hallelujah."
The show, which some are calling "'Glee' for conservatives," will premiere on ABC this fall, and tells the story of a stranger who comes to a troubled town to renew their faith. The show will feature musical numbers from a gospel choir, which will serve as a sort of narrator or Greek chorus throughout the show.
Kebbel will play Veda Roman, a resident of the town of Hallelujah, Tennessee. She joins a growing list of cast members including Jesse L. Martin and Frances O'Connor.
The series is helmed by "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry, but is being called a drama, which isinteresting, considering the tone of "Desperate Housewives" and the apparent desire for "Hallelujah" to compete with "Glee" in the TV musical scene.
Will viewers buy the convention of a musical in a drama setting? I've always thought that the reason "Glee" works so well is that the comedy sets the right tone for the music. Then again, the choir might only step in occasionally (as a Greek chorus does), making the show less of a musical and more a drama with music.