HAWTHORNE Season Premiere Review

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TNT’s new original series, HAWTHORNE premieres tonight, Tuesday June 16, 2009 at 9pm.

HawthoRNe stars Jada Pinkett Smith, as Christina Hawthorne, the Chief Nursing Officer at Richmond Trinity Hospital and Michael Vartan as Dr. Tom Wakefield, the oncologist who treated Christina’s husband and serves as Chief of Surgery for the hospital.

HawthoRNe follows the stories of Christina and her group of nurses as they deal with the daily dramas of hospital life.

Now I know what you’re thinking, another show about a nurse? Didn’t Nurse Jackie just premiere on Showtime? Well, that’s true but I can tell you that they only similarity between Nurse Jackie and Hawthorne is that they are both shows about nurses. Apart from that the main characters are different, the feel of the show is different and the format is different.

When I first watched HawthoRNe, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but as a fan of TNT shows, I was curious to find out what this new show was all about.

I was pleasantly surprised, the first episode does a good job of establishing the characters and the different personalities that make up the hospital. Plus we once more get a pretty strong female lead, who goes the extra mile for her patients.

While the first episode gave us a first look at the show, I was curious as to what the format of the show was going to be and how each episode would keep us involved. Unfortunately, I have to admit that I didn’t find the next two episodes as interesting as the first one. They weren’t bad, but they just didn’t have that little extra something that just grips me to a show. Plus the episodes are a little too procedural-like. While they are some stories that overlap from one episode to the next, I would like for the show to expend a little more on them.

I’m still going to watch HawthoRNe a little more because I do enjoy the characters and am curious as to what’s coming up for them. Plus Michael Vartan is another great excuse to tune in to the show weekly.

Overall, I think it’s worth giving HawthoRNe a shot, especially if you are a fan of medical dramas. So don’t miss the premiere tonight at 9pm on TNT.
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HawthoRNe Synopsis: Jada Pinkett Pinkett Smith plays Christina Hawthorne, 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. Hawthorne is the kind of nurse you want on your side when you or someone you love is in the hospital. She is the kind of nurse who fights for her patients and doesn’t let them slip through the cracks. When necessary, she takes on doctors and administrators who are overworked, distracted or just unable to see the human being behind the hospital chart.

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. When a patient’s care is at risk, she doesn’t hesitate to violate protocol, defend her staff or stand up to administrators who seem to have forgotten a hospital’s true purpose.

But the long days at the hospital and Hawthorne’s intense focus on helping others take a toll on her personal life. Christina is recently widowed – her husband died one year ago 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.

The rest of the cast includes Suleka Mathew as Bobbie Jackson, a fellow nurse and one of Hawthorne’s best friends, David Julian Hirsh as Ray Stein, a nurse struggling with being accepted in a female-dominated profession, Christina Moore as Candy Sullivan, a nurse with a unique sense of duty, and Hannah Hodson as Camille, Hawthorne’s daughter.