Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I'm sure that Jada Pinkett-Smith is somewhere smiling since her medical drama "Hawthorne" has been renewed.

TNT has ordered 10 additional episodes of the show, which stars and is executive produced by Pinkett-Smith, to air in 2010.

During its first season, "Hawthorne," which anchors TNT's Tuesday original-programming block at 9 p.m., is averaging 3.8 million viewers, a 69% improvement in the time slot, according to THR.

" 'Hawthorne' has been a great addition to TNT's lineup of original series, and Jada Pinkett Smith's performance has been a tremendous draw with viewers," said Michael Wright, executive vp and head of programming at TNT, TBS and TCM.

Created by John Masius, "Hawthorne" stars Pinkett Smith as Christina Hawthorne, a compassionate and headstrong chief nursing officer at Richmond Trinity Hospital.

The Sony TV-produced series, whose first season wraps next week, co-stars Michael Vartan, Suleka Mathew, David Julian Hirsh, Christina Moore and Hannah Hodson.

Pinkett Smith, Masius, Glen Mazzara and Jamie Tarses are exec producing.