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Jada Pinkett Smith Stars in HAWTHORNE - New TNT Drama Series

This fascinating, character-driven medical drama co-stars Michael Vartan (Alias), Suleka Mathew (Men in Trees), David Julian Hirsh (Lovebites), Christina Moore (Hyperion Bay) and Hannah Hodson (TNT's The Ron Clark Story)

(Image of Jada Pinkett Smith - TNT Drama Series Hawthorne - Photo by Eric McCandless - All Rights Reserved).

This hot new series from Sony Pictures Television was produced in Association with Pinkett Smith's 100% Womon Productions, John Masius Productions and Jamie Tarses' FanFare Productions, Slated to Launch Tuesday, June 16, on TNT.

Jada Pinkett Smith Follows In Steps Of Kyra Sedqwick on The Closer & Holly Hunter of Saving Grace

Jada Pinkett Smith (The Women, The Matrix trilogy) is the latest talented actress to join TNT's line-up of strong, complex female characters, following in the footsteps of Kyra Sedgwick on The Closer and Holly Hunter of Saving Grace.

This summer, Jada Pinkett Smith executive-produces and stars in HAWTHORNE, a character-driven drama series about a nurse who is a true everyday hero.

HAWTHORNE premieres Tuesday, June 16, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

Jada Pinkett Smith As Christina Hawthorne

Jada Pinkett Smith plays Christina Hawthorne, a compassionate and headstrong Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) heading up a group of dedicated nurses at Richmond Trinity Hospital who spend long days and nights on the hospital's front lines.

(Image of Jada Pinkett Smith - TNT Drama Series Hawthorne - Photo by Robert Trachtenberg - All Rights Reserved).

Christina 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, Christina Hawthorne will do everything in her power to help her patients.

(Image of Jada Pinkett Smith - TNT Drama Series Hawthorne - Photo by Robert Trachtenberg - All Rights Reserved).

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 Christina 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.

Christina 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 HAWTHORNE is Michael Vartan (Alias) as Dr. Tom Wakefield, the oncologist who treated Christina's husband and serves as Chief of Surgery for the hospital.

The cast also includes Suleka Mathew (Men in Trees) as Bobbie Jackson, a fellow nurse and one of Hawthorne's best friends; David Julian Hirsh (Lovebites) as Ray Stein, a nurse struggling with being accepted in a female-dominated profession; Christina Moore (90210) as Candy Sullivan, a nurse with a unique sense of duty; and Hannah Hodson (TNT's The Ron Clark Story) as Camille, Hawthorne's daughter.

(Image of Hawthorne Cast LR - David Julian Hirsh, Christina Moore, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Vartan, Hannah Hodson, Suleka Mathew - Photo by Robert Trachtenberg - All Rights Reserved).

In addition, special guest star Joanna Cassidy (Six Feet Under) portrays Amanda, Hawthorne's mother-in-law, who also happens to be a member of the hospital board.

HAWTHORNE comes to TNT from Sony Pictures Television in association with Pinkett Smith's 100% Womon Productions, John Masius Productions, and Jamie Tarses' FanFare Productions, with Pinkett Smith; Emmy® winner John Masius (St. Elsewhere, Providence, Dead Like Me); Glen Mazzara (The Shield, Crash, Life); and Jamie Tarses (My Boys) serving as executive producers. Masius created the series and wrote the pilot, which was directed and executive-produced by Mikael Salomon (TNT's The Company).

Turner Network Television (TNT), one of cable's top-rated networks, is television's destination for drama and home to such original series as the acclaimed and highly popular detective drama The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick; Saving Grace, starring Holly Hunter; Raising the Bar, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben and Jane Kaczmarek; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; HawthoRNe, starring Jada Pinkett Smith; and Dark Blue, starring Dylan McDermott.

TNT also presents such powerful dramas as Bones, Cold Case, Law & Order, Without a Trace, ER and Charmed; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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