'Nurse Jackie' is already getting paged for another season. Just two weeks ahead of the comedy's Season 6 premiere, Showtime has already announced its plans to hand out an early Season 7 renewal.
This decision serves as a rather surprising (yet highly exciting) piece of news, especially given how the network typically likes to wait until the current season premieres before pulling the trigger on a follow-up run. (That way they get a feel of how the show is doing ratings-wise.)
But hey, who are we to complain?! The more we can get out of this medical series, the better. And as for whether or not the seventh season will be the show's last — that still remains to be seen.
Unfortunately, it isn't all good news. Showtime also revealed that Peter Facinelli would not be returning, at least in a series-regular capacity. The in-demand actor asked to be released from his contract during Season 6 and has already booked the lead in NBC's family political drama pilot 'Odyssey.'
And while it's unclear what fate lies in store for his Dr. Fitch Cooper character, there's still a very good chance he'll be able to return to the role in some capacity for multiple episodes. So it's not a complete goodbye.
"In the twilight of season six, Peter asked to be released from his contract to pursue new creative challenges." showrunner Clyde Phillips said in a statement. "Nothing will eclipse the incredible contribution he made to the success of Nurse Jackie since the dawn of the show."
Production on Season 7 is slated to begin later this year in New York.
'Nurse Jackie' kicks off its Season 6 premiere Sunday, April 13 at 9/8c on Showtime.