Jada Pinkett Smith Returns to TV with 'HawthoRNe'
Jada Pinkett Smith Returns to TV with 'HawthoRNe'
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
For the first time since the early 1990s movie and television actress Jada Pinkett Smith is set to return to the small screen for a medical series on TNT where she plays a nurse (hence the capitalized RN on the title).

In Smith's own words, HawthoRNe is a "quirky" medical drama with some comic relief about nurse Christina Hawthorne, who is also the "compassionate and headstrong" nursing director at Richmond Trinity Hospital.  The nurses spend long days and nights on the hospital's front lines.

Adds the promo, "Hawthorne (Smith) is the kind of nurse you want on your side when you or someone you love is in the hospital.  She is the kind of nurse who fights for her patients and doesn't let them slip through the cracks.  When necessary, she takes on doctors and administrators who are overworked, distracted or just unable to see the human being behind the hospital chart."

She said while most medical dramas focus on the doctors, HawthoRNe obviously looks at the nurses.  Regarding the return to television after so long a time, Smith says it had been worth it for this summer offering.

"I needed a lab where I could learn about story structure, it was a role I hadn't had an opportunity to play, and it was a three-month shoot. All the pieces fit," she said.

HawthoRNe also stars Michael Vartan of Alias as oncologist and hospital director Dr. Tom Wakefield who treated Christina's husband, Suleka Matthews of  as fellow nurse and good friend Bobbie Jackson, and David Julian Hirsch as Ray Stein, a male nurse who's struggling to be accepted in a female-dominated profession.  Rounding off the cast is Christina Moore of 90210 and Hannah Hodson of The Ron Clark Story, another series from TNT.

HawthoRNe will occupy TNT's Tuesday's lineup, in between rookie reality series Wedding Day and returning drama Saving Grace.  It premieres June 16 at 9pm.

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TNT
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