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'Nurse Jackie' Episode 2, Season 3 Recap

by Rebecca Adler Warren, posted Apr 5th 2011 5:00AM
'Nurse jackie' S03/E02['Nurse Jackie' – 'Enough Rope']

When boxes of latex gloves are in short supply, do you steal them from maternity, or let hospital admin deal with the demand?

"Two wrongs don't make a ... " Zoey argued with Akalitus. "Wanna bet?" her boss shot back. And from that pointed exchange came the theme for this week's wonderfully wry episode of 'Nurse Jackie.' In Jackie's dark and twisted world, two wrongs can sometimes make everything better.

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'Nurse Jackie' Season 3, Episode 1 (Season Premiere) Recap

by Rebecca Adler Warren, posted Mar 29th 2011 4:45AM
'Nurse Jackie' S03/E01['Nurse Jackie' - 'Game On']

The Season 3 premiere of 'Nurse Jackie' opened on the other side of Kevin and O'Hara's poorly planned intervention, with Jackie locked in her personal drug haven: A bathroom.

Staring into the family medicine cabinet mirror, her mind racing, she began a frantic search for pills, and then proof that the charges on her secret credit card bill weren't for drugs, but toiletries.

Who told you you're allowed to rain on Jackie Peyton's parade? The Barbra Streisand tune perfectly matched our heroine's mounting adrenaline and agitation.

While the rest of the episode didn't live up to such a satisfying opening scene (or the wry punch of the last one), the writers and director Steve Buscemi gave us plenty of bright spots.

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Edie Falco Doesn't Think She's Funny, Weighs in on 'Sopranos' Movie (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 25th 2011 11:30AM
Edie Falco Doesn't Think She's Funny, Weighs in on 'Sopranos' MovieEdie Falco of 'Nurse Jackie' has never thought of herself as being especially funny. This made her Emmy win for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series all the more surprising, she said on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS).

"I'd forgotten I was in the category because I was so convinced that I wasn't going to win," said Falco. "They totally, totally surprised me."

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Showtime's 'Nurse Jackie' and 'Tara' Return, Running in Circles

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 25th 2011 11:00AM
Cable television made a name for itself the home of edgy fare, but some of the edges have worn off over time, especially on Showtime.

By this point in its history, 'Dexter,' a show with a very provocative premise, appears to be firmly committed to telling essentially the same story every season. It's hard to care much about Dexter's various predicaments when, at the end of the season, he'll wriggle out of the problems he faces, just like he always does.

A similar entropy has enveloped two of Showtime's flagship "women in distress" shows. 'Nurse Jackie' and 'The United States of Tara' seem content to go nowhere fast in their third seasons, which begin at 10PM and 10:30PM Monday.

As these new seasons begin, very little feels new. Both shows try to give the illusion of progress in their lead characters' lives, but most developments in the new seasons are painfully incremental or easily undone.

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Swords, Doctors and Sam Axe: 19 Spring Shows You Need to Know About

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 15th 2011 12:20PM
Fall is always crazy in the TV realm, but the middle of the current season has been just as bananas.

As soon as 2011 rolled around, the networks unleashed a bumper crop of new and returning shows, and only in the past couple of weeks did the relentless pace of premieres and returns simmer down to a manageable level.

We can't get complacent, however, because in the next few weeks, cable and broadcast networks will release yet another barrage of notable new shows, from 'Game of Thrones' to 'The Killing' to 'The Borgias.'

To make sure you don't miss anything, here's a handy list of 19 notable March and April programs. I've put a * next to new programs I've seen at least one episode of. Look for full reviews of most of these programs on TV Squad in coming weeks.

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Peter Facinelli Admits He's Grabbed Nearly All Boobs of 'Nurse Jackie' Cast (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 25th 2011 3:00PM
Peter Facinelli Admits He's Grabbed Nearly All Boobs of 'Nurse Jackie' CastOn 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated), Peter Facinelli discusses what it's like to play a character with "sexual Tourette's" such as the boob-grabbing Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper on 'Nurse Jackie.'

Facinelli said the character is especially fun to play because the gropings are meant to be completely unconscious. "It's [an] involuntarily movement. He doesn't even really notice he's doing it. So, it's kind of fun to play," he said.

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'Nurse Jackie' Season 3 Preview (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 8th 2011 5:35PM
Nurse Jackie, Edie FalcoOur favorite curmudgeonly nurse is back! 'Nurse Jackie' makes its triumphant return to Showtime on Monday, March 28, at 10PM and we couldn't be more excited.

In this new trailer, we meet Jackie's sister, Dr. Cooper gets flipped off and punched in the face, and Jackie's world seemingly crumbles around her.

With her drug use and affair catching up to her, will Jackie crack under the pressure?

Watch a preview of season 3 below.

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Showtime News: 'Californication' Renewed, 'Nurse Jackie' and 'United States of Tara' Get Premiere Dates and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 14th 2011 5:15PM
David Duchovny, CalifornicationGood news: David Duchovny will continue to seduce women on your TV screens for another season.

At Showtime's Television Critics Association panel this afternoon, Entertainment President David Nevins announced that the network has renewed 'Californication' for a fifth season. The comedy's fourth season, which chronicles the attempt of Duchovny's womanizing Hank Moody to stay out of jail after some ill-advised sexual adventures, premiered on Sunday night to its highest-rated telecast ever.

Also at the panel, Nevins officially announced a new reality series that will follow the San Francisco Giants as they defend their World Series title in the 2011 season. The show doesn't yet have a title, but it will likely air during this year's baseball season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Casting News: James Marsden to Guest on 'Modern Family' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 25th 2010 1:20PM
James MarsdenCam and Mitchell are getting a new neighbor: 'X-Men' star James Marsden.

According to TV Guide, Marsden will appear as a very hunky -- and shirtless -- neighbor on 'Modern Family.' Look for the shirtless antics to fluster Cam and Mitchell quite a bit.

Marsden, who appeared as the prince in 'Enchanted' and Corky Collins in 'Hairspray,' last popped up on the small screen in 'Ally McBeal.' He played Glenn Foy for 13 episodes from 2001-2002.

In other casting news ...

Judith Light will replace Blythe Danner on 'Nurse Jackie.' The 'Ugly Betty' actress will step in for Danner as one of Dr. Cooper's lesbian moms opposite Swoosie Kurtz in a season 3 episode. [Deadline Hollywood]

Keith Carradine will appear on 'The Big Bang Theory.' The veteran actor known for roles on 'Dexter' and 'Dollhouse' will pop up as Penny's father. Look for Carradine to appear in a November episode. [Ausiello Files]

'Prison Break' star Robert Knepper will guest on Showtime's 'Shameless.' Knepper has been tapped for a two-episode arc as a man who is after William H. Macy's character because of a scam they once pulled together. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Peter Facinelli Explains Character's Sexual Tic on 'Nurse Jackie' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Sep 17th 2010 3:15PM
Peter Facinelli explains the strange tic his character has on 'Nurse Jackie,' which compels him to grab the title character's breasts whenever he gets nervous. But, Jennifer Koppelman Hutt doesn't think this sounds like such a bad idea on 'Whatever With Alexis and Jennifer' (weekdays, 11AM ET on Hallmark).

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When Does a Comedy Stop Being a Comedy?

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 1st 2010 4:29PM
Edie Falco picks up an Emmy for 'Nurse Jackie' at the 2010 Emmy AwardsWhen Edie Falco picked up her Emmy for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Nurse Jackie,' the first words out of her mouth reflected what pretty much everyone watching the ceremony was likely thinking:

"Oh, this is the most ridiculous thing that has ever, ever happened in the history of this lovely awards show," she said. "I'm not funny!"

Falco could have extended that notion to the rest of her show. Sure, 'Nurse Jackie' has its funny moments, and characters like Merritt Wever's Zoey and Peter Facinelli's Coop are there more or less for comic relief. But, for the most part, Falco is dead serious in the title role, and the theme of the show -- Jackie's addictions and how she juggles the various lies in her life -- takes the program to some pretty dark places.

So does that mean it's not a comedy anymore? The popular response is to say "yes," but I'm not so sure, especially after watching the first season of the show 'Louie.'

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Emmy Picks: Best Comedy Series

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 26th 2010 2:02PM
The nominees for Best Comedy at the 2010 Emmys
With the Emmy awards just days away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards.

Earlier today, I discussed the Best Drama Series category. We'll close out the picks with a look at the Best Comedy category.

Nominees:
'30 Rock'
'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
'Glee'
'Modern Family'
'Nurse Jackie'
'The Office'

Who will win: This is where the Academy will pay tribute to the 'Glee' mania that gripped the country in 2009-10. It's hard to say whether the show actually deserves the award, since it was so maddeningly inconsistent in it's inaugural season. But when the show was at its best, it gave audiences rousing moments of comedy and drama, and of song and dance, that sparked a new interest in school music programs and put musical theatre in a spotlight it hasn't been in for at least three decades. For its cultural impact alone, it'll likely get the award.

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Emmy Picks: Best Lead Actress in a Comedy

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 24th 2010 11:25AM
The nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy at the 2010 Emmys
With the Emmy awards less than a week away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards.

Yesterday, I discussed the Best Lead Actor in a Drama category. Today we look at the comedy side of the ledger and the Best Lead Actress in a Comedy category.

Nominees:
Toni Collette, 'United States of Tara'
Edie Falco, 'Nurse Jackie'
Tina Fey, '30 Rock'
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'
Lea Michele, 'Glee'
Amy Poehler, 'Parks and Recreation'

Who will win:
When I saw that Edie Falco had submitted the pilot for 'Nurse Jackie,' it hit me that she didn't get nominated for the show last year. Since the pilot aired about a week after the 2010 eligibility period started, the Academy has had well over a year to ruminate over Falco's strong out-of-the-gate performance in that pilot, where the entire web of lies Jackie has set up get revealed in a quick 30 minutes. Considering her Emmy history -- seven nominations, three wins -- it's very easy to see Falco standing on stage with the Emmy this year.

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Edie Falco Would Never Refuse a 'Sopranos' Movie

by Ryan McKee, posted Aug 16th 2010 1:28PM
For those who can't help but see Carmela Soprano while watching Edie Falco in 'Nurse Jackie,' all hope is not lost. 'The Sopranos' movie is a sweet dream for fans of the show, no matter what their thoughts were on the much-debated series finale. Unfortunately, like most dreams, the project seems bound to never materialize.

Although she admits the feature film is unlikely, Falco told The Hollywood Reporter that she's still interested.

"I would be fine if it never happened, but I would also love to go back there and see all the people I love again," she said." Who knows? I'm not the one making the decisions and I would jump at the chance to participate."

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Nate on 'Leverage' and Five Other Characters Living Dangerously

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 19th 2010 2:00PM
Nate_Ford_Timothy_hutton_Leverage_TNT
Have you noticed that some of the most popular and dynamic TV shows have lead characters who like to court danger? Whether it's Nate Ford on 'Leverage' heading up a crack team that's on the run from Interpol, or Michael Westen on 'Burn Notice' inviting an enemy to kill him if he can, today's TV characters are precariously living their lives on the precipice of danger. Take a look at our six examples of TV characters that are living dangerously. Are they intrepid or just plain crazy?

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