Marc Anthony Joins HAWTHORNE as a Series Regular

HawthoRNe (TNT)--"Picture Perfect"

When Marc Anthony guest starred in two episodes of HAWTHORNE last season, many fans (myself included) were happily surprised by how well he fit into the show. TNT must have agreed because the network has announced Anthony has joined the drama as a series regular, reprising his now-expanded role as Detective Nick Renata.

Anthony returns to HawthoRNe just as Christina Hawthorne (Jada Pinkett Smith) 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.

As a recording artist, Anthony has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide, making him the top-selling salsa artist of all time. He has been awarded numerous gold and platinum record certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His acting career includes roles in Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead and Tony Scott’s Man on Fire. Starring opposite wife Jennifer Lopez, Anthony played Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Héctor Lavoe in Leon Ichaso’s biopic El Cantante. He also starred opposite Salma Hayak in the television film In the Time of the Butterflies. In 1997, Anthony made his Broadway debut in Paul Simon’s musical The Capeman.

The third season of HawthoRNe premieres on TNT in June.

What do you think, HawthoRNe fans? Is this a good move?