*After a guest turn last season, Marc Anthony has joined the cast of TNT’s “Hawthorne,” the medical drama series starring and executive-produced by Jada Pinkett Smith.

Anthony will reprise the newly expanded role of Police Detective Nick Renata, the character he introduced as a guest star in two episodes last season. “Hawthorne” is scheduled to return for its third season this June.

Anthony joins Hawthorne as a series regular just as Pinkett Smith’s Christina Hawthorne, Chief Nursing Officer of James River Hospital, struggles with news that she is pregnant.

The two developed a strong bond last season while Renata investigated a pair of criminal cases involving the hospital. But Christina, whose on-again, off-again romance with Dr. Tom Wakefield (Michael Vartan) has been a mess of mixed signals and bad timing, told Nick she was not ready to jump into a new relationship.