Jada Pinkett Smith’s future as a TV star just got a little brighter.
TNT Monday ordered a second season of "Hawthorne," the Sony Pictures Television medical drama in which Pinkett Smith stars as the chief nursing officer of a busy hospital. The series has been averaging 3.8 million viewers in its 9 p.m. Tuesday slot and has become the No. 1 Tuesday night entertainment show on basic cable with adults 25-54.
Ten new episodes of "Hawthorne" have been ordered and are slated to air sometime in 2010.
" ‘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.
"Hawthorne" has been a solid performer as part of TNT’s six pack of original summer dramas.
The network has not yet made a renewal decision on its other summer premiere, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced "Dark Blue." That show premiered a month after "Hawthorne."
"Hawthorne" is from creator John Masius ("St. Elsewhere"). Executive producers include Pinkett Smith, Masius, Glen Mazzara and Jamie Tarses.