NEWS: Jake Weary, Jen Lilley, Shari Belafonte, B.J. Britt, Bryan Cranston, Wilson Bethel, Kylie Bunbury, Mariah Carey

As the World Turns alums Jake Weary and Daniella Alonso star in TNT's Animal Kingdom
Weary (ATWT's Luke Snyder) stars as Deran Cody in the series inspired by the award-winning feature film. The story centers around a teenager who moves in with his relatives at their beachfront home after his mother dies of an overdose. The family is run by matriarch Janine, played by Emmy winner Ellen Barkin, and the teen is drawn into their life of indulgence and excess, but soon discovers the dark truth behind their dangerous world. Weary plays the troubled and suspicious youngest Cody son. Fellow ATWT alum Daniella Alonso (Pilar) plays Catherine, the wife of Baz, played by Scott Speedman.

Days of our Lives star Jen Lilley launches clothing line for charity
Lilley (Theresa on Days) has designed a clothing line to raise money for her favorite charity, Childhelp. She tweeted, "BIG NEWS: I've teamed up with BeYourOwnYou and designed an exclusive clothing line to raise money for my favorite charity, childhelp! #childhelp#byou #clothingforacause Check it out and please SHARE this post!

Sam Behrens encouraged Shari Belafonte to take on the role of Janice on General Hospital
January 19 will mark Shari Belafonte's first GH appearance as the new Janice Lomax, mayor of Port Charles. "In truth, I had never thought about doing one," she says of making her soap debut. "But when my manager first asked me if I'd be interested in doing this, I thought, 'You know what? I bet you can teach this old dog a couple of new tricks!’ " Her husband, Sam Behrens, who played Jake Meyer on the show from 1983-1987, encouraged her to take the gig. "He was very much like, 'Oh, you're going to have a good time,' " Belafonte tells Soap Opera Digest.

UnREAL casts Being Mary Jane and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor B.J. Britt as its next suitor
By featuring a black suitor on Everlasting, the Bachelor-esque show-within-a-show on UnREAL, the Lifetime series is going where ABC hasn’t yet dared: There has never been a black bachelor in 20 seasons, nor a black bachelorette in 11 seasons of The Bachelorette.

Loving alum Bryan Cranston scores his first Oscar nomination, for Trumbo
Will the multiple Emmy-winning Breaking Bad alum dominate the Academy Awards, too?

Jamie Foxx’s Darktown will explore race in 1940s Atlanta
Foxx is teaming with former Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal on a 1948 Atlanta-set drama about the city’s first black police officers, who are forced to lead segregated lives.

How to Get Away with Murder casts Adam Arkin, Roxanne Hart and Wilson Bethel
Bethel (ex-Ryder, The Young and the Restless) has landed the role of Charles Mahoney, the Ivy League-educated son of Arkin’s Wallace (a Warren Buffet type who’s quiet and observant, but knows how to command a room when he chooses) and Hart’s Sylvia (a tough yet distinguished and smart socialite).

Empire and Scream Queens renewed by FOX
Empire’s third season episode order has yet to be determined, while Scream Queens will head to a new location for Season 2.

Scream Queens familiar faces will return
Expect Jamie Lee Curtis to be back, along with Lea Michele.

Mariah Carey won't be coming to Empire after all
Despite Lee Daniels saying repeatedly that “Mariah is coming on,” there are currently no plans to have her on the show this season, according to Daniels' fellow co-creator Danny Strong. The same goes for Oprah Winfrey. Strong tells The Hollywood Reporter: "None of those people are going to actually be on the show so I can't control what names all of a sudden take off as being guest stars because they're not."

American Horror Story Season 6 will be "set in two time periods”
FX president John Landgraf says Season 6 will mostly be set in the present.

Quantico will make three-month time jump when it returns from hiatus
Viewers won’t immediately learn what happened after the midseason finale shocker.

FOX orders 24: Legacy pilot, featuring an “all-new cast of characters”
Kiefer Sutherland will still be listed as a producer on the new 24, which FOX says "will revolve around a military hero’s return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back—compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.”

FOX orders Prison Break event series, with Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell returning
The original production team behind the 2005-2009 FOX drama will be back, including creator Paul T. Scheuring.

FOX orders female baseball drama pilot, Pitch
Under the Dome alum Kylie Bunbury will play a young female pitcher who makes it to the major leagues.

“Screech” begins his 4-month jail sentence
Saved by the Bell alum Dustin Diamond is now behind bars for stabbing a man at a Wisconsin bar.

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