What do a hot new summer TV series and a tiny Westchester hamlet have in common? Both answer to the name Hawthorne. The series HawthoRNe (the ‘RN,’ as in registered nurse, is capitalized in the program’s title) airs 9 pm Tuesdays on TNT and stars actress/singer/Will Smith spouse Jada Pinkett Smith as Christina Hawthorne, the headstrong head of nursing at a bustling urban hospital.
The hamlet Hawthorne, located smack in the middle of Mount Pleasant, is home to a few cemeteries, the boozy watering hole Gordo’s, and the beloved hardware store Berger. Here’s a guide to help county residents keep the hamlet and the hospital drama straight.
Named for: (HawthoRNe) Christina Hawthorne, a nurse; (Hawthorne) Nathaniel Hawthorne’s daughter Rose, a nun.
Hospital: (HawthoRNe) Richmond Trinity; (Hawthorne) Westchester Medical Center, on its southern border with Valhalla.
Residents: (HawthoRNe) Sleep-deprived doctors-in-training; (Hawthorne) Yonkers ex-pats, many of Italian descent.
Boldface Name: (HawthoRNe) Mrs. Jiggy herself; (Hawthorne) County Exec hopeful Rob Astorino.
Teen Rebel: (HawthoRNe) Christina’s difficult daughter, Camille; (Hawthorne) Students at Cedar Knolls.
Looming Dead Person: (HawthoRNe) Christina’s husband; (Hawthorne) Babe Ruth at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Web Description: (HawthoRNe) “The kind of nurse you want on your side when you or someone you love is in the hospital”—from TNT.tv; (Hawthorne) “Bounded by Route 9A to the west, the Taconic State Parkway to the east, and split in the middle by the Sprain Brook Parkway”—from Wikipedia.
Scariest Moment: (HawthoRNe) Christina’s pal David attempts suicide in first episode; (Hawthorne) Tornado tears through town in 2006, trashes Applebee’s.