Showtime Renews Nurse Jackie for Season 5

By Tim Surette

May 31, 2012

"Showtime, give me five seasons of Nurse Jackie, STAT!" ...is exactly how I would have made the following announcement if I were a corny studio executive. The pay-cable network renewed the half-hour dramedy for a fifth season today, eying spring 2013 for the show to return. The Season 4 finale is scheduled to air on June 17.

But wait! That's not all! Showtime has also hired former Dexter showrunner Clyde Phillips to take over operations on Nurse Jackie. He succeeds co-creators Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius.

Nurse Jackie has been polarizing since its debut, and even on the news of its announcement, my Twitter feed had equal parts, "Good call, Showtime!" and "WTF R U doing Showtime?" Season 4 may have been an uptick in quality, but the series isn't exactly jumping out as required watching for Showtime, which is in the process of building up its brand again.


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  • sibowittz Jun 04, 2012

    Love this show! I still wish United States of Tara was still running though...

  • hockeyrick Jun 02, 2012

    This is such a great comedy show!!!! WTF?

    But she gets a nomination ever year for best comedy actress, right??? She is hilarious!!!



    Tara was light years better!!!!!

  • JonWinter1 Jun 02, 2012

    i enjoy Nurse Jackie, but i'm still miffed showtime axed it's sister show United States of Tara instead of letting Weeds die.

  • kovacs01 Jun 01, 2012

    If you 'don't get' Nurse Jackie don't worry, we don't miss you.

  • rye06p Jun 01, 2012

    Wow, didn't see this coming but I'm very happy about it! NJ is a great little show.

  • terminaltrip421 Jun 01, 2012

    woot woot! mad it didn't air this weekend but glad it'll be back next year. only what three more episodes at most or something this season? that sucks.

  • KevinDenis Jun 01, 2012

    I'm happy for this renewal, but as said prior, what about The Big C? I've yet to watch s.4 of NJ and s.3 of TBC, but what I've seen so far of each show, I've thoroughly enjoyed.

  • sunnysfunny Jun 01, 2012

    I'm with piranhapete... what about The Big C??? I prefer that show to Nurse Jackie...

  • TrueTvWatcher Jun 01, 2012

    I need to catch up on Nurse Jackie, I've only broken into season two a few years back...

  • Laserwolf412_XL Jun 01, 2012

    This is sort of insane. I watched season one before I dropped Showtime in favor of Starz but I could of sworn I only missed season 2. How many seasons are they showing a year? Either that or time is flying by.