Brock Kelly

Following this Thursday's episode, the CW's Supernatural (like sister show Smallville) is taking a several-week break, returning with new episodes on or around Jan. 15.  That's the bad news.

The good news is that shortly after the series comes back, fans will get a big treat: a teenaged Dean. And filling Jensen Ackles' shoes for the flashback will be Brock Kelly, TVGuide.com has learned.

In "After School Special," which is slated to air Jan. 29, Supernatural will offer a peek at the brothers' high-school days, with a tentative Sam not looking forward to facing another new social circle as he and Dean are uprooted again by their demon-chasing dad. Luckily, Dean finds time away from necking with a local gal to watch his picked-on kid bro's back.

Opposite Kelly, Colin Ford will portray young Sam — just as he did in last season's "A Very Supernatural Christmas." (A barely teenaged Ridge Canipe tackled Dean back then). This time around, though, Ford will play a few years older than his actual age, while Kelly will close the gap by playing younger than his actual twenty-some years.

Brock's previous credits include a handful of Days of Our Lives episodes (as "Josh") and two appearances on last season's short-lived Viva Laughlin.

What say you, the Supernatural jury: A good fit?