TNT Prescribes New Season For 'HawthoRNe'

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TNT ‘s medial drama HawthoRNe will live another year, after the "drama" network Wednesday greenlit a third season of the Jada Pinkett Smith-produced series.

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TNT will produce 10 new episodes of the hit series, which stars Pinkett-Smith as a caring but no-nonsense Chief Nursing Officer at fictitious Richmond Trinity Hospital, according to network officials. Hawthorne's sophomore season ended its primetime Tuesday run last month averaging 3.7 million total viewers, which was down from 4 million subscribers during its 2009 freshman season, according to Nielsen.

The series, which also stars Michael Vartan (Alias), Suleka Mathew (Men in Trees), David Julian Hirsh (Lovebites), Christina Moore (90210), Vanessa Lengies (American Dreams) and Hannah Hodson (The Ron Clark Story), also drew a Tuesday night best 1.1 million women 25-54, said the network.

"With its memorable characters, powerful performances and moving storylines, HawthoRNe takes us on a dramatic journey through the world of a hospital on the brink of collapse," said Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in a statement. "This series has performed extremely well among our key demos and proven itself to be a great summer series. We are very excited to continue working with Jada and HawthoRNe' s outstanding production team and cast."

The HawthoRNe announcement comes on the heels of the reported renewal of freshman series Memphis Beat.