Charlyne Yi Is Heading to House

Charlyne Yi==New York Red Carpet Premiere of PAPER HEART, Presented by GEN ART and THREE-O VODKA==AMC Loews 19th Street, NYC==August 05, 2009==?Patrick McMullan==Photo-JIMI CELESTE/ ==

Charlyne Yi is joining the cast of House for its upcoming eighth and probably final season as a young doctor on House's diagnostic team. It's the awkward-comedy darling's first dramatic role, if you don't count her short with Jon Hamm from Conan, and her first major TV gig. Off-season cast shake-ups are nothing new, but House is undergoing a particularly extensive overhaul: Yi joins Breaking In's Odette Annable in the "new staff" column, while Lisa Edelstein and Amber Tamblyn have left completely, and Olivia Wilde will appear only in a reduced capacity. House is running on narrative fumes these days, so maybe some fresh faces will help. [Inside TV/EW]