June 04, 2009 07:55:36 GMT
A medical drama from the eyes of a nurse, 'Hawthorne' presents an everyday hero who sometimes puts aside her personal life for others.
New and coming to TNT this month is Jada Pinkett Smith-starring and -produced drama, "Hawthorne". A sneak peek is released to give a clue on how committed nurse Christina Hawthorne is to her work and how hard it is to be entangled in the personal lives of her patients.
Hawthorne is a compassionate and headstrong Chief Nursing Officer heading up a group of dedicated nurses at Richmond Trinity Hospital who spend long days and nights on the hospital's front lines. Whether showing humanity to a homeless woman, trying to talk a suicidal cancer patient off a ledge or exposing a doctor's near-fatal error, Hawthorne will do everything in her power to help her patients.
But the long days at the hospital and Hawthorne's intense focus on helping others take a toll on her personal life. She is recently widowed - her husband died after a battle with cancer, leaving her to raise a smart, rebellious teen-age daughter on her own. Hawthorne is still coming to terms with losing her husband, finding a way to balance her career with her equally important role as a single parent, and finding the time to take care of someone who always seems to fall through the cracks - herself.
Joining Jada Pinkett Smith in the series is Michael Vartan as Dr. Tom Wakefield, the oncologist who treated Hawthorne's husband and serves as Chief of Surgery for the hospital. Other cast include Suleka Mathew, David Julian Hirsh, Christina Moore and Hannah Hodson.
"I thought it was interesting to tell the stories from the nurses' point of view because it's the nurses that spend most of the time with the patients," Jada said. "The doctors come in and they're there for about 15 minutes, but really it's the nurses that work the long shifts that are there for the patients for pretty much their stay at the hospital."