Watching Way Too Much TV For You!

TNT is chalk full of new and returning series this summer, seven to be exact. Three more premiere Tuesday and here is my review of the new two (Saving Grace starts its third season at 10/9c, however it is not my kind of show. I tried the first year.)

Wedding Day - Jaenelle and Nyk - Hosts Alan and Diann.1 - PH Jeremy P Freeman_9446_2380Wedding Day –

Description from TNT: Every couple dreams of having the perfect wedding. For many, it’s the most important and emotional day of their lives. But for some, insurmountable obstacles create barriers to making their dream day a reality. This new TNT series, the network’s first-ever unscripted drama, comes from producing giants Mark Burnett Productions and DreamWorks Television. The show gives deserving couples a helping hand to ensure the most important day of their lives is also the most magical. Each week, celebrity event planner and food expert Alan Dunn (For Better or Worse) and celebrity wedding producer and designer Diann Valentine (author of Weddings Valentine Style) host as family, friends and community come together to create a dream wedding. Along the way, viewers will learn each couple’s compelling story, from their first date to their wedding day.

Wedding Day - Christina and Shawn - Christina and Shawn - PH Ian Johnson_9905_2365

Fun Tidbit: If you are a fan of So You Think You Can Dance you might recognize one face in the second episode, with a season 5 audition favorite tapper Bianca Rebels is the sister of a bride.

The Good: This is not the typical TNT show. The network is know for powerful character dramas, and this show is not that. However it is about the characters. The show is such a joy to watch. It shows touching stories in a fun and supporting way. The hosts, Diann and Alan are upbeat and fun and always provide interesting wedding themes and tasks for the family and friends. And that is the best part. The show prides itself on how it integrates the family and friends of the couple in creating the perfect wedding, and well it is just perfect in doing so.

The Bad: Nothing that I can see, but sometimes it might border the cheesy side.

Overall: A great summer cry-fest in the vein of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I loved it all the way through.

HawthoRNe –

HawthoRNe Cast_ David Julian Hirsh, Christina Moore, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Vartan, Hannah Hodson, Suleka Mathew PH Robert Trachtenberg 17866_00956_R_9176_2362Description from TNT: Jada Pinkett Smith (The Women, The Matrix trilogy) is the latest talented actress to join TNT’s line-up of strong, complex female characters, following in the footsteps of Kyra Sedgwick on The Closer and Holly Hunter of Saving Grace. In this character-driven medical drama, Pinkett Smith plays Christina Hawthorne, a compassionate and headstrong Chief Nursing Officer heading up a group of dedicated nurses at Richmond Trinity Hospital who spend long days and nights on the hospital’s front lines. Hawthorne is the kind of nurse you want on your side when you or someone you love is in the hospital. She is the kind of nurse who fights for her patients and doesn’t let them slip through the cracks. When necessary, she takes on doctors and administrators who are overworked, distracted or just unable to see the human being behind the hospital chart. Joining Pinkett Smith in HAWTHORNE is Michael Vartan (Alias) as Dr. Tom Wakefield, the oncologist who treated Christina’s husband and who serves as director of medicine for the hospital. The cast also includes Suleka Mathew (Men in Trees) as Bobbie Jackson, a fellow nurse and one of Hawthorne’s best friends; David Julian Hirsh (Lovebites) as Ray Stein, a nurse struggling with being accepted in a female-dominated profession; Christina Moore (90210) as Candy Sullivan, a nurse with a unique sense of duty; and Hannah Hodson (TNT’s The Ron Clark Story) as Camille, Hawthorne’s daughter. In addition, special guest star Joanna Cassidy (Six Feet Under) portrays Amanda, Hawthorne’s mother-in-law, who also happens to be a member of the hospital board.

Fun Tidbit: Some very well know stars pop up in the first three episodes like Cloris Leachman as well herself practically and Michael Jamal Warner as a dying patient.

Hawthorne101_5 David Julian Hirsh, Jada Pinkett Smith, Suleka Mathew PH Karen Neal 18047_1677_R_9818_2365The Good: The show is just one of many nurse shows coming in the coming season. First Nurse Jackie and in 2010, NBC’s promising Mercy. The show has a great cast and you cannot deny it that. First and the biggest Jada Pinkett Smith can be a strong woman on Television, but it is the supporting cast that is the best part. Alias’s Michael Vartan and Men in Tree’s gem Suleka Matthew are fun and strong characters especially the later who has a very big hinderance. HawthoRNe has very emotional cases however,…

The Bad: It does not gel and that is thanks in part to Jada’s over acting and is always trying way to hard to be the boss. It is very unappealing which is sad because the character has such an interesting past with her husband’s death that happened only a year ago. The show also tries to be fun but often fails because the relationships are not back by something substantial that makes us want to root for the people.

Overall: It is a mixed bag. The supporting cast is very nice, but Jada tries way to hard and it is very off putting. I am just not a fan, which I was really hoping to be.

Wedding Day airs on Tuesday at 9/7c with HawthoRNe and Saving Grace following.

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