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Showtime Orders Season Two of NURSE JACKIE After Record Ratings for Debut

nurse_jackie_posterNurse Jackie” scored in the ratings for Showtime Monday, so much so that the network has already ordered a second season of the Edie Falco series.

“Jackie” earned the best premiere ratings for any Showtime debut since 2004, when Nielsen changed the way it computed premium cable averages. The Falco comedy attracted 1.35 million viewers in its two combined Monday runs according to the ratings company. That number is better than the premiere ratings for most everything currently on Showtime’s lineup, including “Weeds,” “Dexter,” “The Tudors” and “Californication”.

Falco stars in the program as a New York City nurse who struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a city hospital and an array of personal dramas. It’s pretty evident that this is not a show that will appeal to everyone, but I do believe it will have a following as Falco’s Nurse Jackie is a stunningly flawed, but highly interesting, character that is worth tuning into on a weekly basis. Reportedly the nursing community is up in arms as the character who works in an understaffed NYC hospital is a pill head. While she also cheats on her husband, her character does have a Robin Hood like quality as she aggresively looks to do the right thing by her patients. While she is certainly imperfect, she is a terrific nurse – although some might see her forging a deceased patient’s name on the organ donor section of his drivers licence as a tad unprofessional. Sure it is, but it also gives the viewer a rooting interest in her kind-hearted but ballsy actions.

The show, with its mix of dark comedy and drama, had me laughing out loud a few times. The biggest laugh came when she punctured the tire of a bike rider who insulted her after she offered him a sound bit of advice on a street corner. Her character is unpredictable – a good thing for the edgy nature of this show. There was little doubt that the pilot episode had flaws, I believe there’s a ton of potential here. It was more than enough for me to keep watching. I’ll give Nurse Jackie 3.75 Zombies out of 5.

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June 11, 2009 - Posted by | Reviews | ,

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