Grimes, Loughlin Heading for hills

Canadian-born Shenae Grimes has landed the lead female role on the CW's "Beverly Hills, 90210" spinoff. Lori Loughlin also has joined the show, which revolves around the Mills clan, a third-generation Beverly Hills family. Gersh-repped Grimes ("Degrassi: The Next Generation") will play teenage daughter Annie Mills, who attends West Beverly Hills High School. Loughlin will play the mom, Celia Mills, a former Olympic medalist in cycling.

new 'angle' for brown

Former CNN anchor Aaron Brown is joining the PBS series "Wide Angle," ending his on-air absence of more than two years. Anchoring the weekly public-affairs series with a global focus offers the chance "to work in an environment where people just think about making good TV and good journalism," Brown said. He left CNN in November 2005 during a shake-up that gave his time slot to Anderson Cooper. Brown said he was contractually barred from working in TV until June 2007. "Wide Angle" begins its seventh season July 1.

U.S. feed for BEEB

BBC World News daily programs will remain on PBS stations thanks to a new deal with KCET-TV Los Angeles. The public television outlet will distribute the newscasts in October after the current agreement with WLIW-TV New York ends. BBC World News also offers the newscasts "BBC World News America" and "Newsnight," that appear on BBC America.