Despite a slight q-rating boost from rumors stars Jada Pinkett Smith and Marc Anthony were getting hot and heavy between takes, the TNT drama Hawthorne– helmed by Will Smith’s missus- won’t be returning to air after this season.
Pinkett Smith made a web statement today, expressing sadness that the show had been axed but promising fans new projects would be on the horizon. She said:
Hey everyone…if you don’t know Hawthorne will not be returning for another season. I want to say thank you to all the fans for being Hawthorne soldiers. All our facebook fans…twitter soldiers and viewers…you held us down. Of course you know there is more to come…believe it!
TNT confirmed the cancellation a short time later, in a statement that sounds a bit like when reps comment on breakups. The network said:
“TNT has decided not to order a fourth season of HawthoRNe. TNT truly appreciates the tremendous dedication of everyone involved in HawthoRNe. The series gave TNT the opportunity to work with many outstanding people, including Jada Pinkett Smith and the rest of the show’s talented cast, crew, producers and writers. We wish everyone involved with HawthoRNe nothing but the best.”
It’s a bit early to say what’s next for Pinkett Smith after the cancellation of Hawthorne, although the actress is slated to reprise her voice role as the hippopotamus Gloria in the third installment of the popular Madagascar series of animated films. Madagascar 3 is due out in 2012.
As for her relationship with Smith, the pair made a statement last month after the rumors became particularly intense regarding an impending breakup. The Smiths say their relationship is “intact,” and that the rumors were “completely false.”