[09/18/08 - 10:57 AM]
Jada Pinkett Smith to Star and Executive Produce as a Nurse and Single Mother in TNT Drama Pilot Time Heals
She'll play Director of Nursing Nancy Hawthorne, "an unsung hero, caregiver and single mother who always puts the pain of others first."

[via press release from TNT]

Jada Pinkett Smith to Star and Executive Produce as a Nurse and Single Mother in TNT Drama Pilot TIME HEALS

Sony Pictures Television Project Created by Emmy�-Winning John Masius (St. Elsewhere); Masius, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jamie Tarses (My Boys) Executive-Producing

Jada Pinkett Smith (The Women, The Matrix Trilogy) has signed on to play the lead in TNT's riveting drama pilot TIME HEALS. She will play Director of Nursing Nancy Hawthorne, an unsung hero, caregiver and single mother who always puts the pain of others first. TIME HEALS comes to TNT from Sony Pictures Television in association with Pinkett Smith's 100% Womon Productions, John Masius Productions and Jamie Tarses' FanFare Productions. It was created by Emmy�-winner John Masius (St. Elsewhere, Providence, Dead Like Me), who also wrote the pilot script. Masius, Pinkett Smith and Jamie Tarses (My Boys) serve as executive producers.

"John Masius has created a beautifully drawn character, and we couldn't have wished for a better choice to play her than Jada. Nancy Hawthorne is incredibly dynamic, a nurse whose energy, self-sacrifice and heroism changes lives on a daily basis," said Michael Wright, senior vice president in charge of the Content Creation Group for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. "We are thrilled to have this wonderful actress on board for this very special drama."

TIME HEALS takes place at Charlotte Mercy Hospital in North Carolina, where the strong but caring Nancy Hawthorne (Pinkett Smith) continuously fights a battle she often knows she won't win. Whether treating the homeless woman in front of the hospital like a human being or trying to talk a suicidal cancer patient off the ledge, Nancy must challenge hospital administrators, heartless doctors, apathetic colleagues and a system that sometimes forgets it's there to serve the sick.

Recently widowed and the mother of a smart, willful teenager, Nancy juggles her career with her equally important role as a single parent. Between the two, she barely has time for herself and has difficulty keeping things together. But she knows she has to. She can't give up on anyone. That's what her passion requires; it's what it takes to be a hero.

Since making her film debut in the critically acclaimed Menace II Society, Pinkett Smith has starred in a number of high-profile films, including The Nutty Professor, Collateral, Reign Over Me, The Matrix Reloaded and Set It Off. She co-starred opposite her husband, actor Will Smith, in Michael Mann's Ali. She also is the voice of Gloria in the animated film Madagascar and the soon to be released Madagascar 2. She can currently be seen in theaters in the comedy-drama The Women, a remake of the 1939 classic.

On television, Pinkett Smith co-starred in the long-running comedy series A Different World and the television movie If These Walls Could Talk. She also served as co-creator and executive producer of All of Us.

Turner Network Television (TNT), television's destination for drama and one of cable's top-rated networks, offers original series, including the acclaimed and highly popular detective drama The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick; Saving Grace, starring Holly Hunter; Raising the Bar, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben and Jane Kaczmarek; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; and Trust Me, with Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh. TNT is also home to powerful one-hour dramas, such as Bones, Cold Case, Law & Order, Without a Trace, ER and Charmed; broadcast premiere movies; compelling prime-time 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.

  [september 2008]  


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