Picks and Pans Review: Hawthorne

updated 06/22/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/22/2009 01:00AM

TNT, June 16, 9 p.m. ET/PT |

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Returning to TV, Jada Pinkett Smith plays Christina Hawthorne, head nurse at a hospital in Richmond, Va. It's a fairly standard role in the hospital-heroic mold: Christina, recently widowed with a teenage daughter, isn't afraid to challenge authority and so on. Yet Pinkett Smith (who also executive-produced) gives a quiet, sensitive performance. She's attractively sympathetic. (Joanna Cassidy contrasts nicely with her as Christina's bristlingly powerful mother-in-law.) You wonder, though, whether in a real hospital nurse Christina would even be able to make herself heard over the low rumble of gurney wheels. Nurse Jackie she is not.

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