'Nurse Jackie': Another Season for Our Favorite Addict To Be Caught

Image: 'Nurse Jackie': Another Season for Our Favorite Addict To Be Caught Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in an episode of "Nurse Jackie."

Friday, 07 Jun 2013 12:59 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Our favorite brilliant recovering drug addict emergency room attendant "Nurse Jackie" will be back for a sixth season in 2014, Showtime announced Friday.

With ratings up from Season 4, "Nurse Jackie" will wrap up Season 5 on Sunday at 9 p.m., eastern and Pacific times. "The Borgias" will end its run at 10 p.m., having been canceled after three seasons.

"Under the new leadership of (executive producer) Clyde Phillips, and with an amazing cast led by Edie Falco, this show is as sharp and compelling and entertaining as ever," Showtime entertainment president David Nevins said in a statement to USA Today accompanying the announcement. "I'm excited to get to see the next chapter in Jackie's life."

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The dark comedy stars Falco as a recovering drug-addicted emergency room nurse Jackie Payton. "Nurse Jackie" leads a roster of comedies at Showtime including "Californication," "Web Therapy" and "House of Lies."

The Lionsgate TV co-production series is one of the few remaining entries from Bob Greenblatt. This season, Showtime bid farewell to comedies "Weeds" and "The Big C," the latter of which ended its run as an hour-long miniseries.

Showtime said "Nurse Jackie" is averaging 3.1 million viewers per week across multiple platforms, putting it 10 percent ahead of Season 4 in the comparable time frame.

It's another feather in the cap for the award-decorated Falco who has won four Emmys. She first starred on the HBO series "Oz," but it was her role as Tony Soprano's tortured wife Carmela on "The Sopranos" that made her a household name. She won three Emmy and two Golden Globes for her work on that show. She won her Emmy for the leading role in "Nurse Jackie" in 2010.

Geoff Berkshire of the blog Zap2it.com wonders, though, said he wonders where can the show actually go from here.

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"While Falco's performance remains reason enough for fans to stick around, there's cause for concern about where her character is headed, and not for the usual reasons," Bershire said in an April blog. "With the 'When will Jackie get caught?' question firmly in the rear-view mirror, the suspense has shifted to 'Will Jackie relapse?' And instead of addressing that directly, the show seems intent to explore how Jackie can keep her life under control without resorting to pills to numb the pain."

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