Nurse Jackie Gets a Second Season

by Melissa Silverstein on June 10, 2009

in TV

nurse-jackieEdie Falco’s Nurse Jackie had a record breaking premiere for Showtime on Monday night with 1 million people watching the debut and another 350,000 watching the same night rebroadcast of the show.

It was so good that Showtime has already ordered a second season for the show.

In case you missed all the publicity about the show, Edie Falco plays Jackie a competent and jaded nurse with chronic back trouble and a bit of a drug problem.  I loved it.  I was a bit worried that people were going to have problem with the character of Jackie because she is not a so-called “nice” character.  We are much happier having mean guys.  I think Jackie does break a mold here and I for one am psyched to see where this show goes.

The series was created by Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem and Rick Cleveland.

Great supporting case with Eve Best and Haaz Sleiman and Anna Devere Smith.

Welcome to Tv Edie.  Now I’m so going to have to get Showtime.

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Michelle June 10, 2009 at 6:43 AM

I quite enjoy In Plain Sight. I wouldn’t call Mary McCormack’s character particularly nice, either. Mary Shannon is messy, flawed, damaged, angry yet endearingly good at her job. What can you say about a show that gives the female lead a sidekick named Marshall, the US Marshall. I’m looking forward to Nurse Jackie making its CDN debut. I’ll look for it on my cable stations as well.

Erin June 10, 2009 at 9:29 AM

I agree that it doesn’t shed the light of a nurse’s lifestyle all that well, but for what it is, a TV show, there isn’t much to complain about the show. It has a lot of development for the coming 2 seasons.

lizriz June 10, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Is “Nurse Jackie” available for online viewing? I don’t do pay channels.

Excellent example, Michelle! Mary ROCKS. LOVE In Plain Sight.

Erin Donovan June 10, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Very cool, I liked the pilot a lot!

Allison June 10, 2009 at 5:23 PM

It seems cable tv is the one place that welcomes strong women, including:

In Plain Sight-Mary Mccormack
Damages–Glenn Close
Saving Grace–Holly Hunter
The Closer–Kyra Sedgwick
HawthorRNe–Jada Pinkett Smith
The women of Battle Star Galatica

And you’ll notice that some of the actresses I listed are usually associated with movies. I guess they figured TV is the place to be if you don’t want to play a girlfriend/wife/mother/victim/sex object.

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