Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith by Jason Kempin/ WireImage.com
is coming back to television.
Pinkett Smith has signed on to play the lead in TNT's new drama pilot,
. She will play Nancy Hawthorne, a unsung hero and single mom who works as the nursing director at Charlotte Mercy Hospital in North Carolina.
The pilot was created
), who will also serve as executive producer. Pinkett Smith and Jamie Tarses (
) will also be exec producers.
TNT isn't straying far from its thus-far successful formula. Like current hits
, this new show focuses on a strong female lead played by an A-list actress.
Pinkett Smith turned in two years of work on
A Different World
before moving on to the greener pastures of feature films like the
trilogy and the recently released