Nip/Tuck makes its final cut as FX drama wraps shooting
Not even the marvels of plastic surgery could save what's become, believe it or not, one of cable TV's oldest dramas - Nip/Tuck.
The wildly successful medical drama starring Julian McMahon and Dylan Walsh as plastic surgeons wrapped production on its series finale (and 100th episode) last week and according to The LA Times, it was a quiet day.
Why the lack of fanfare typically associated with the end of such a popular show? Simple - the finale likely won't air until 2011, around two years from now.
With only 19 original episodes left in Nip/Tuck's run, it's expected that FX will split them into two seasons, with the 10 episode sixth chapter set to return in January 2010 with Damages. If that holds, the last nine episodes comprising season seven wouldn't be seen until another year after that.
Personally, I'm against this. I'm all for the show ending (it's time), but splitting up the remaining episodes would be a mistake. FX is currently airing a 22 episode season of Rescue Me, so we know that 19 is doable, but what's more important is considering the effects of season five's recent run. Twenty-two episodes long, it was split up because of the WGA strike and viewership suffered as a result. Viewers for the premieres of season five part one vs. part two dropped from 3.5m to 2.4m in the coveted 18-49 demo overall.
If there were say, 24 episodes left and each season would be 12 installments long, I might feel differently about this. However, holding off only nine episodes when you really don't have to just doesn't seem worth it when you could sustain viewers for all 19 instead.