Cheers to Nurse Jackie for recuperating from its creative ills in Season 4.
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After spending much of its past two seasons repeating itself, Showtime's hospital dramedy has shown vital new signs of life. Jackie's cleaned up its act by sending Edie Falco's drug-addicted caregiver into rehab and forcing her to face the consequences of her actions, including her affair with Eddie (Paul Schulze). Husband Kevin (Dominic Fumusa) kicked her out and is now threatening to take away her daughters — and we don't blame him.
Nurse Jackie co-creators/showrunners Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius are leaving the Showtime comedy after four seasons, Deadline reports.
A new showrunner has not ...
[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from the season finale of Nurse Jackie. Read at your own risk.]
Somehow, Jackie continues to avoid rock bottom. During this season of Nurse Jackie, she got around a surprise intervention and then flirted with sobriety, though not by choice — her drug dealer died, Eddie cut her off and her kid's plea for prescription drugs forced her into temporary withdrawal.
But by the end of Monday's Season 3 finale, Jackie's stars had realigned once more: She was still using, yes, but O'Hara was back on her side, she had moved into the power position with Kevin and her all-important career remained intact. Could Jackie be the world's — or just TV's -- luckiest drug addict?
Executive producer Liz Brixius says yes and no:
When Nurse Jackie returns for its second season, Nurse Mohammed "Mo-Mo" De La Cruz will not be checking back in to All Saints Hospital.
Haaz Sleiman's abrupt exit from the show, which was first reported in late December, is a result of how another character — Eve Best's Dr. O'Hara — developed, according to executive producer Linda Wallem.
Wallem says O'Hara didn't exist in the original pilot...