Chewin' the fat with Nip/Tuck's creator

One would think that Nip/Tuck, a taboo-filled show about two plastic surgeons in body-conscious Miami, would pretty much write itself. Well, the fact is that it doesn't; that duty falls largely on show creator Ryan Murphy.

Nip/Tuck is getting ready for its season-five premiere on October 30, and with it comes a big change--the doctors are moving their practice to Los Angeles.

In preparation for the new season, Murphy held a conference call with a panel of journalists (TV.com among them) to answer questions that may be on their minds.

The greatest change in the show--the move to LA--was a hot topic, and the reasons behind the move were a bit surprising.

"[The decision to move the setting to LA] was really nothing but my own boredom," said Murphy. "I love the idea of [the characters] going from being big fishes in a small pond to the opposite... It was just about, OK, if I'm going to come back and commit to two more seasons of this show, I need something to be interested in about."

Murphy always considered the show to be "very L.A." from the beginning--"sort of the purveyor of trends and pain at the same time, and desperation."

Nip/Tuck is undergoing a bit of its own lengthening; this season FX asked for 22 episodes, instead of the normal 15 or so from the previous four years. Murphy admits that the extra time will make the season "a little funky." Though it will be one season to viewers, Murphy sees it as three parts, which are conveniently divided up between the scheduled hiatuses.

So we know where and how long the season will be, but what about what's inside? Murphy promises that the cases will continue to be strange, unusual, and plucked from the headlines (or in some cases actually preceding headlines).

"I remember when we did the face transplant, I got a lot of heat when we were shooting it, like this has never happened," said Murphy. "And then I think literally two weeks after [the episode] aired, [doctors had performed] the first face transplant."

Murphy then discussed the show within the show, a spoof on medical dramas called Hearts and Scalpels. That show serves as the motive for the move to Los Angeles, because the doctors become medical advisors for it.

"It's an amalgamation between our show and ER and Grey's Anatomy, where you have sometimes inappropriate romance scenes and these incredible scenes of carnage, which don't really make sense, but are very funny to write."

The faux show has become so popular that Murphy has been contacted to make it its own online show. Given his hectic schedule, he doesn't think it'll happen, but he does say the crew is planning on doing an entire episode of Nip/Tuck that is all Hearts and Scalpels.

Season five will also feature bigger budgets, which is the result of FX being solidly behind the show.

"Our sets are like three times as big. In success, the network has supported us in making this year even loftier than it's ever been before," explained Murphy. "And if I ever need anything else extra, [FX is] always the first to step up."

As far as writing the storylines for the new season, Murphy is doing something that isn't typical for a producer--he's actually listening to fans. By scouring online message boards--particularly Niptuckforum.com--he can get an idea of what fans like and don't like.

One thing that will never change is Dr. Christian Troy. When asked if the character, who was recently made a grandfather on the show, would continue to be his flashy, sex-crazed, arrogant self, Murphy had a simple response. "Oh yes, until the end of time."

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yay 22 episodes!!! :D:D:D
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oh i cant wait it is going to be so good
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Am I the only one who felt last season flash forward episode not only was a disappointment but kinda ruined any type of suspense in what the future holds for these characters?
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To user pb24, Christian is a grandfather because Matt is having a child with Kimber.
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Wow, a new setting and a lot more episodes.

I'm so excited!
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The idea of 22 eps is great... I'm really looking forward to watch them all right now!!
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i'm very excited and interested to see how all of these changes pan out. i'll definitely be tuning in...
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HOT!!! I just hope the extended season doesn't turn into a bore. And also hope that the location change is all for the better.



Can't wait to watch it.
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I can't wait. 17days 19 hours and 27mins or 427hours and 27mins or 25637mins. Ok I'll admit it I am hooked
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Sweet!
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Another season, even more episodes. Sometimes dreams come true :)
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I will be checking this new season out and I can't wait.
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22 episodes and a new setting - this will put a lot of pressure on the actors to keep the spirit and character of the show! I am really looking forward to this season!!!
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YIPEE! THE MORE EPISODES TH BETTER! :)

LOVE THE SHOW!!!
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"The faux-show has become so popular that Murphy has been contacted to make it its own online show."

How has the faux-show already become popular if the season hasn't started yet? Am I missing something?
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Matt had a child. Matt is the only biological child Christian has. Wilbur is just adopted. Just thought I would clarify.
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Grandfather? Christian was made a FATHER. I don't think Wilbur had a kid last season. Talk about babies having babies!!
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Wow! 22 episodes!
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WOW 22 episodes on the 5th season!!!
Can't wait to see what the producer prepared. It will be for sure an excellent season as the rest of them. I was left out of breath every episodes for the last4 seasons. Can't wait...
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Yippeee!! 22 episodes, can't wait! Julian McMahon is so sexy!!!!!!!!!!!
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22 episodes! Great news!
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22 episodes?



Man, this season is going to be worst than I thought.
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magnificent, as always...
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