Nurse Jackie has been renewed for a sixth season on Showtime.
The new season will premiere in 2014. The current season was the first under new showrunner Clyde Phillips, who takes over for co-creators Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem. Executive producers Caryn Mandabach, Richie Jackson and Tom Straw will be returning for the upcoming season. Production on the sixth season will begin in New York this fall.
The fifth season has been averaging 3.1 million viewers per week across multiple platforms, up 10 percent from the previous season. The season finale airs June 16.
Nurse Jackie stars Edie Falco (The Sopranos) as the titular character, a former drug addicted nurse who is currently in recovery. The role earned Falco three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series; she won the award in 2010. That same year, the series took home the Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.
The series also stars Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze, Dominic Fumusa, Anna Deavere Smith, and Peter Facinelli.
“Nurse Jackie is an essential part of the Showtime brand, and we are thrilled with the series’ growth in its fifth season,” said Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins. “Under the new leadership of Clyde Phillips, and with an amazing cast led by Edie Falco, this show is as sharp and compelling and entertaining as ever. I’m excited to get to see the next chapter in Jackie’s life.”
Just as Nurse Jackie has been renewed, Showtime says goodbye to two of its other comedy series — Weeds and The Big C. The eighth and final season finale of Weeds aired on September 16, 2012, and The Big C ended its four-season run on May 20, 2013. The final season consisted of only four episodes, down from 10 in season 3 and 13 in seasons 1 and 2.
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