Showtime isn’t ready to pull the plug on Nurse Jackie just yet. The cable network has ordered a sixth season of the comedy, just two episodes before the Season 5 finale, which is scheduled for June 16.
Season 5 has averaged 3.1 million viewers, according to network, which means the show’s viewership has increased since Season 4. That’s a good sign for any show, but particularly good for Nurse Jackie which has shown improvement (my opinion!) under new showrunner Clyde Phillips by dropping some of its heavier drama aspects. I know some people don’t like the new direction the series has taken, but I like the way it’s relaxed a bit, embracing its comedic side and making most of the hospital staff devilishly nasty.
Nurse Jackie stars the excellent Edie Falco as Jackie, a recovering drug addict and foul-mouthed nurse.
Showtime has renewed Nurse Jackie for a fifth season and, in a killer behind-the-scenes twist, tapped former Dexter boss Clyde Phillips to serve as the new showrunner.
Phillips replaces the dark comedy’s co-creators, Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius, at the helm.
“Clyde brings a unique combination of skills in both comedy and drama, and he is a master at making entertaining and compelling television,” said Showtime president David Nevins. “We are so thrilled with the series’ performance this year, and we know that with the incomparable Edie Falco in front of the camera, the fifth season of Nurse Jackie will be even better.”
The fifth season of the Edie Falco-fronted series will begin production in late 2012.