News roundup: 'Hawthorne' renewed, FOX's 'Ridealong,' TNT casting
TNT has picked up its crusading-nurse drama "Hawthorne" for a second season.
The show, which stars Jada Pinkett-Smith as the title character, the head of nursing at a Richmond, Va., hospital, has earned a 10-episode pickup for next season, TNT announced Monday (Aug. 10). The new season will air sometime next year.
"'Hawthorne' has been a great addition to TNT's lineup of original series, and Jada Pinkett Smith's performance has been a tremendous draw with viewers," says TNT's head of programming, Michael Wright. "There are powerful episodes remaining, and we're looking forward to what is certain to be an extraordinary second season."
"Hawthorne" has averaged 3.8 million viewers per episode this season (with seven-day DVR viewing factored in) and has scored well among TNT's target audience of adults 25-54.
"The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan is awfully busy for a guy who had two TV series end last season.
FOX has ordered a pilot for a cop show called "Ridealong" from Ryan, the showbiz trade papers report. The show, which is set in and will film in Chicago, follows beat cops, detectives and a newly hired female chief, with a heavy emphasis on their work in the field.
The pilot adds to Ryan's already sizable workload -- he's the new showrunner on FOX's "Lie to Me," which starts its second season in September, and is executive producing a pilot for FX called "Terriers" about a pair of private detectives. Ryan brought "The Shield" to a close on FX last fall, and his CBS series "The Unit" was canceled in May.
Two more actors have joined the cast of TNT's Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion pilot.
Peter Shinkoda ("War," "I, Robot") will play the second in command to Noah Wyle's resistance leader in the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Drew Roy ("Greek") has also signed on.
The cast also includes Moon Bloodgood, Jessy Schram, Seychelle Gabriel and Maxim Knight.
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