Despite very negative reviews, TNT has renewed fledgling medical drama Hawthorne for a second season. The show, starring Jada Pinkett-Smith as Christina Hawthorne, a Chief Nursing Officer at Richmond Trinity Hospital, will air the penultimate episode of its first season tomorrow night.
The show, one of TNT’s nine current original shows, three of which started this year, has been recieved poorly by critics. The Boston Herald called the show “a mess,” and the New York Post called the cast “flat and one-dimensional.” It’s been continually called “weakly written,” and “unconvincing” by many critics, and the titular protagonist has been criticized for being too much of an advocate. “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,” said Amy Amatangelo of Zap2it.
All that criticism really makes me wonder why exactly the show was renewed. I haven’t seen Hawthorne, and have no intentions to ever see it. I’m frankly surprised that TNT has given another chance to this obviously drowning show, however, especially when compared to the hits on the network like The Closer, Saving Grace, and even the new Dark Blue. Hawthorne seems uncharacteristically mediocre for the usually stellar network, and I can’t wrap my head around why they would want this show to remain on their network after such an unpromising first year. Is it because of star Jada Pinkett-Smith? Perhaps. Whatever the cause is, let’s hope that Hawthorne finds some new writing help, stat. Because if it doesn’t, I simply can’t see the show being renewed for yet another season.
But what do you think? Is Hawthorne worth a second season, or should it not have been given a first? Post your opinion in the comment box below, and let’s get a discussion going!