Jada Pinkett Smith gets good news about “HawthoRNe”


First off, I love Jada Pinkett Smith.

I mean, please. She is nothing short of hot. And her portrayal of lesbian Alex Fisher was just about the only thing worth watching in The Women.

But her show, HawthoRNe, is not so hot.

I tried to love it, I really did. I want to support a series with a strong female lead, especially when that woman happens to be an over-40 woman of color. The fact that Smith is gorgeous is just a bonus.

Unfortunately, HawthoRNe just isn’t all that interesting. Maybe I’m unfairly comparing Smith’s Christina Hawthorne, chief nursing officer at Richmond Trinity Hospital, to Edie Falco’s Nurse Jackie. But Christina seems too valiant and heroic — too perfect. And that’s kind of boring.

Many critics share my opinion but, luckily for Smith and the rest of the HawthoRNe cast, TNT apparently does not. Today the network announced that HawthoRNe will return for a second season in 2010.

I’m sure the renewal has something to do with the fact that Smith executive produces the show. But even a Hollywood heavyweight needs good writing to make a series work. Here’s hoping some new ones are on their way to rescue HawthoRNe — and get rid of the annoying capped “RN” in the name. Meanwhile, the last two episodes of the season air tonight and next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.

Is anyone watching HawthoRNe? If you like it, what makes the show worth your time? If not, what do you think could liven up the series? Other than for Christina to be a lesbian, of course.

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