Showtime's black hearted dramedy Nurse Jackie is currently about half way through its fourth season, and today the network opted to renew the series for a fifth season of the usual twelve episodes. Starring The Sopranos' Edie Falco, the show has drawn lots of critical acclaim, and several Emmy nods to boot.
The renewal isn't the only announcement for Nurse Jackie though, as former Dexter producer and showrunner Clyde Phillips has agreed to assume those same roles for the upcoming season. He succeeds current showrunners (and series co-creators) Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius, who voluntarily exited the series following the wrapping of season four.
Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins had this to say about the decision -
"Clyde brings a unique combination of skills in both comedy and drama, and he is a master at making entertaining and compelling television. 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."
It occurs to me that running the often darkly funny Dexter might just be the perfect experience to bring into the Nurse Jackie job. Phillips knows how to make us like and care about characters that by all rights we really shouldn't. Edie Falco's pill popping nurse Jackie Peyton certainly fits under that umbrella, albeit not as comfortably as America's favorite serial killer.
Do you think a change in creative directors will hurt Nurse Jackie? Are you pleased that its been picked up for another year?