If real-life nurses and doctors find more to like on “HawthoRNe” this season in terms of verisimilitude, they’ll have Jada Pinkett Smith’s mother to thank.
“She enjoyed the first season, but she wrote me a long email about the technical things we weren’t doing properly,” reports Jada, whose mom, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, worked as a head nurse at a women’s clinic in inner-city Baltimore. “I brought a new technical team in. That literally was a result of mom’s letter. I got a lot of constructive criticism from her and other nurses.”
Adds Jada, “She had really good suggestions, more of the perspective of the employees in the hospital, that are helping us expand and extend it on beyond the nursing staff,” for the TNT show.
Jada’s character gets a romance this year, as we noted the other day, with Michael Vartan’s Dr. Wakefield. “That’s very, very interesting on a lot of levels,” she says.
THE BIG SCREEN SCENE: Jerry Stiller is getting ready to film a low-budget feature called “Let Go.” It’s not about getting downsized. Stiller’s character has been recently let go from prison and facing challenges of life on the outside – while others around him are facing their own issues of letting go.
Michael Madsen and Lisa Pelikan have joined the cast of Tom Sizemore’s “Visible Scars” as the sheriff and as Sizemore’s wife.