Jada Pinkett Smith by Jason Kempin/ WireImage.com
Jada Pinkett Smith is coming back to television.

Pinkett Smith has signed on to play the lead in TNT's new drama pilot, Time Heals. 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 John Masius ( St. Elsewhere, Providence), who will also serve as executive producer. Pinkett Smith and Jamie Tarses ( My Boys) will also be exec producers.

TNT isn't straying far from its thus-far successful formula. Like current hits The Closer and Saving Grace, 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 Matrix trilogy and the recently released The Women. - Adam Bryant