Jada Pinkett Smith stars in Hawthorne

I saw a commercial a couple of weeks ago and thought I was seeing things.  I saw that Jada Pinkett Smith will be starring in a new tv series.  I was thinking, a black actress in a leading role on television?  Yes I know it’s the 21st century but have you taken a good look at television lately?  The new tv show is called Hawthorne and you can catch it on TNT.  By the way Jada is also an executive producer for the show.  Go Jada!!

According to the TNT website:

Following in the footsteps of Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer and Holly Hunter in Saving Grace, Jada Pinkett Smith (The Women, The Matrix Trilogy) is the latest actress to bring her talent to TNT’s arsenal of strong, complex female characters. In this character-driven medical drama told from the nurses’ point of view, she stars as Christina Hawthorne, the forceful-yet-caring director of nursing at Richmond Trinity Hospital. When a patient’s care is at risk, she will not hesitate to violate hospital protocol, defend her staff against egotistical doctors or firmly stand up to apathetic administrators who seem to have forgotten a hospital’s true purpose. Recently widowed, she also has to take on her equally important role as a mother to a willful, rebellious teenage daughter. Pinkett Smith heads a diverse cast that includes David Julian Hirsh (Lovebites), Michael Vartan (Alias), Christina Moore (90210) and Suleka Mathew (Men in Trees). She also serves as executive producer, along with Emmy®-winning creator John Masius (St. Elsewhere, Providence, Dead Like Me) and Jamie Tarses (My Boys).

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‘All the pieces fit’ for Pinkett Smith and ‘HawthoRNe

By Gary Strauss
USA TODAY

Jada Pinkett Smith is a film star, heavy metal rocker and mom. So why return to series TV for the first time since the early 1990s in TNT’s HawthoRNe (premieres June 16, 9 ET/PT)?

“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,” says Pinkett Smith, whose Christina Hawthorne is a hospital nursing director.

“Most medical dramas focus on doctors; this is about nurses,” she says. “There’s also comic relief, but it’s quirky.”

Pinkett Smith said she was drawn to the series by producer Jamie Tarses and creator John Masius, who wrote for St. Elsewhere.

St. Elsewhere was a very good show.  I’m looking forward to watching Hawthorne which premieres on June 16.

11 responses

  1. Will HawthoRNe be the one to get it right? With a shortage of nurses plaguing the world, we could use a positive and realistic image of the profession not only to help attract the brightest and the best into nursing but to give us all a boost. It’s high time we had a positive and accurate image of nurses on television.

  2. I think that the show is going to be really good. I can’t wait to see what the show turns out to be.

  3. It’s about time we had a show about nurses. The doctor shows are good, some great. But, it’s time for nurses. Jada is a perfect choice for the lead role. It’s also time for an african american woman got the lead role in a TV show.

    Go Jada, go! Love to you and Will!

  4. Teneka RN, BSN

    Wow I see Im not the only nurse excited to see this new show with Jada. I dont think society really understands our profession and yes its a profession. We will see in June. Go Jada make sure you do us right!!!! LOL

  5. Wow this could have great potential. I can’t wait!

  6. MS. TONKYA, RN

    I must say, “Go Jada”. She is one of my favorite actresses and she is the epitomy of what african american women should be. I take nursing very seriously and I love what I do. I can only hope that her portrayal does the nursing profession proudly. There aren’t many shows on television that hold my interest so I hope I won’t be disappointed.

  7. Ms Knowles...RN..BSN

    Wow i cant wait for this.. ive been really down about ER ending..i loved it so much..it was more realistic than everything else out there….I hope this is geared to the real deal in Nursing.

  8. I have high hopes for HawthoRNe and hope I won’t be disappointed. To date, nurses haven’t been portrayed very realistically in television and movies. Nurses’ work is demanding and takes a balance of intelligence, courage, independence and compassion. Will HawthoRNe be the one to get it right? With a shortage of nurses plaguing the world, we could use a positive and realistic image of the profession not only to help attract the brightest and the best into nursing but to give us all a boost. It’s high time we had a positive and accurate image of nurses on television.

  9. Yes, I remember Michael Vartan from Alias. But I remember him more from the movie Never Been Kissed with Drew Barrymore.

  10. I’m looking forward to the show also. Can’t wait to see Jada and Michael together on screen.

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