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August 10, 2009

"HawthoRNe" Renewed for a Second Season

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The nurse drama, "HawthoRNe," starring Jada Pinkett Smith has been renewed by for a second season by TNT.  They've ordered 10 episodes and those will air in 2010.  Some additional tidbits from the TNT press release:

"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 vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM).  “There are powerful episodes remaining, and we’re looking forward to what is certain to be an extraordinary second season.”

For its first season, HAWTHORNE is averaging 3.8 million viewers and ranks as ad-supported cable’s #1 entertainment program on Tuesdays among adults 25-54 and women 25-54.

That'll keep the nurse quotient on TV quite high since we'll still have HBO's "Nurse Jackie" and this fall will bring the arrival of NBC's own nurse drama, "Mercy."  Add to that the still thriving "Grey's Anatomy," the limping "Private Practice," and the new CBS hospital show, "Three Rivers" and you'll need a vaccine just to turn on your TV set this fall.

I'm pleased TNT's given "HawthoRNe" the green light for another season.  Not only am I thrilled that a drama with a black female lead will continue on, I think the show could actually hit its dramatic stride if given some more time.

Related Link:

"What If Nurse "HawthoRNe" Were White and "Nurse Jackie" Were Black?

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