Hawthorne (TV series)
|Created by||John Masius|
|Starring||Jada Pinkett Smith
David Julian Hirsh
Vanessa Bell Calloway
|Theme music composer||James Poyser
Julio Reyes Copello
|Composer(s)||W. G. Snuffy Walden
Julio Reyes Copello
The Graves Brothers
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||30 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||John Masius
Mikael Salomon (pilot only)
Jada Pinkett Smith
Sang Kyu Kim
Alam Baumgarten (pilot only)
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||100% Womon Productions
John Masius Productions
Sony Pictures Television
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||June 16, 2009 – August 16, 2011|
Hawthorne (sometimes stylized HawthoRNe) is an hour-long medical drama on the TNT television network starring Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Vartan. It premiered on June 16, 2009. On Thursday, September 16, 2010, it was announced that Hawthorne has been renewed for a third and final season consisting of 10 episodes. The third and final season of the show premiered on June 14, 2011, and ended on August 16, 2011.
Christina Hawthorne is introduced as Chief Nursing Officer heading a group of nurses at Richmond Trinity Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. She is very passionate about her work and always advocates for her patients and her staff, even when it threatens her job. Richmond Trinity Hospital later closes and the staff is moved to James River Hospital. While acclimating to the new work atmosphere, she must also deal with a new relationship that she has formed with Dr. Tom Wakefield, the Chief of Surgery. Dr. Wakefield wants commitment and she is still unsure if she can become close with someone else. In season three they get married and face challenges including loss and infidelity.
Cast and characters
- Jada Pinkett Smith as Christina Hawthorne, COO & President of James River Hospital, Director of Nursing at James River Hospital, former CNO of Richmond Trinity Hospital
- Michael Vartan as Dr. Tom Wakefield, M.D., Chief of Surgery
- David Julian Hirsh as Nurse Ray Stein (Seasons 1–2)
- Suleka Mathew as Charge Nurse Bobbie Jackson, Chief Nursing Officer of James River Hospital
- Collins Pennie as Marcus Leeds
- Christina Moore as Nurse Candy Sullivan (Seasons 1–2, guest in Season 3 Episode 1)
- Hannah Hodson as Camille Hawthorne
- Vanessa Lengies as Scrub-Charge Nurse Kelly Epson
- Marc Anthony as Detective Nick Renata (Season 3, recurring Season 2)
- Aisha Hinds as Isabel Walsh (Recurring Seasons 1–2)
- Anne Ramsay as Dr. Brenda Marshall
- Adam Rayner as Dr. Steve Shaw
- Derek Luke as Dr. Miles Bourdet
- James Morrison as John Morrisey, former CEO of James River Hospital
- Vanessa Bell Calloway as Gail Strummer, Co-Director of Nursing James River Hospital (Seasons 2–3)
Development and production
John Masius created the program and served as executive producer for the first season. Glen Mazzara also served as executive producer for the first season. The program was initially going to be called Time Heals. Megan Branman and Dylann Brander of Branman/Brander Casting were involved in casting for the program. In September 2008, Jamie Tarses was reported to be an executive producer on the program.
In September 2008, The Press of Atlantic City reported that Jada Pinkett Smith signed on as both the star of the television pilot, and to serve as executive producer of the program. Pinkett Smith had previously promised never to work in television again, but changed her mind after reading the script of the pilot. She recalled getting the script from her manager: "He said, 'I would never send this to you if I didn't think it was fantastic.' I read it and then I let my husband read it. (Will) said to take the meeting and see." She decided to return to television because of the show's unique qualities.
In the pilot, Jeffrey Nordling portrayed Dr. Tom Wakefield, director of medicine. In February 2009, Michael Vartan was cast to co-star alongside Pinkett Smith as Dr. Tom Wakefield in the series. By June 6, 2009, the program's title had been changed to Hawthorne.
Masius continued on as executive producer in the second season. In September 2009, Glen Mazzara was named showrunner for the program's second season. Masius decided to name Mazzara as showrunner for the second season, citing a desire to focus more on writing.
The first episode of Hawthorne received 3.8 million viewers, with a debut at the 17th spot in the list of the "Top 20 cable network television shows for the week ending June 21, 2009". It placed directly below the Nickelodeon episode of iCarly, "iDate A Bad Boy", and above the USA Network program, In Plain Sight. By its 10th episode, the show's viewership had declined to 3.5 million.
Overall, the show's first season was beaten in the ratings among adults aged 25–54 by the new science fiction program Warehouse 13 produced by Syfy, and the medical drama Royal Pains produced by USA Network.
|Season Premiere||Season Finale||TV Season|
|1||10||June 16, 2009||August 18, 2009||2009||3.2|
|2||10||June 22, 2010||August 24, 2010||2010||3.6|
|3||10||June 14, 2011||August 16, 2011||2011||2.4|
|DVD Name||Region 1 Release Date||Region 2 Release Date||Region 4 Release Date||Ep #||Discs||Additional Information|
|Season 1||June 15, 2010||TBA||October 27, 2010||10||3||All In A Day’s Work - A Conversation With Jada Pinkett Smith, Inside Richmond Trinity, Get To Know The Cast Of HawthoRNe, HawthoRNe Medical School, Male Nurses and Shooting A Scene - Visual Effects and HawthoRNe's Heroes|
|Season 2||June 7, 2011||TBA||TBA||10||3||A New Season, Fresh Faces, Advanced Medicine, "I Run This" Photo Shoot and Cast Photo Shoot|
|Season 3||March 6, 2012||TBA||TBA||10||3||Outtakes and Pregnancy Pool Winner|
Amy Amatangelo of the Boston Herald gave the program a grade of "D+", commenting: "'HawthoRNe' can't make a diagnosis. It's a comedy; it's a drama. It's a mess, fronted by Jada Pinkett Smith, making a return to series television as Christina Hawthorne, the chief nursing officer for Richmond Trinity Hospital and about the closest thing to a heavenly figure on the small screen since Roma Downey took flight on Touched by an Angel." In a review for Zap2it, Amatangelo commented "With each passing episode, they seem to be writing Christina (Jada Pinkett Smith) deeper and deeper into a corner. She can’t always be in an uproar about everything or always play the hero. The show cannot center around her at the expense of everyone else." Greg Braxton of the Los Angeles Times noted, "Tom Shales in the Washington Post suggested 'HawthoRNe' is 'a show in need of emergency care.'" In an assessment of the program for Bangor Daily News, Dale McGarrigle wrote that "It also pales in comparison to other original dramas on its own channel." Alan Pergament of The Buffalo News was critical of the lead actress's decision to star in the series: "Jada Pinkett Smith, the actress married to film superstar Will Smith, must be getting a little bored lately. And now she is going to bore some of us. There is no other explanation for her decision to star in TNT's routine 'HawthoRNe' as the latest strong, flawed woman on the cable network." Robert Bianco of USA Today wrote: "HawthoRNe would be terrible if it were the only series on TV and the only medical drama you'd ever seen. It's just too bad it's not TV's first medical show. At least it could get credit for inventing clichés instead of rehashing them." Of the lead actress's performance in the show, Bianco commented: "Pinkett Smith's Hawthorne is tired in every sense of the word, and she's not the only one. Every character and event falls under the category of painfully predictable." Gail Pennington of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch commented that the Showtime program Nurse Jackie was superior to Hawthorne, writing: "Maybe if Showtime's 'Nurse Jackie' weren't so riveting, 'Hawthorne' wouldn't seem so weak. Or maybe 'Hawthorne,' the nurse drama headlined by Jada Pinkett Smith, would seem trite and derivative no matter what."
Awards and nominations
- 2010: Won—Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for Jada Pinkett Smith
- 2010: Nominated—Outstanding Drama Series
- 2011: Nominated—Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for Jada Pinkett Smith
- 2011: Nominated—Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Vanessa Bell Calloway
- 2011: Nominated—Outstanding Drama Series
- 2011: Won—OP Award
- 2010: Nominated—Performance in a Drama Episode for Jada Pinkett Smith
- 2010: Nominated—Drama Series Episode—Substance Use
NAMIC Vision Awards
- 2010: Nominated—Drama
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