On Thursday, Showtime announced that the hit series Nurse Jackie will return for a sixth season. The comedy features Edie Falco as emergency room nurse Jackie Peyton. Falco has received an Emmy for her role on the show.
“The premium cable show typically ranks well, with about 3 million viewers per episode, and has shown a ten-percent growth from seasons four to five,” EW reports. Dexter’s Clyde Phillips took over the show after season four and will be returning for season six, which begins shooting this fall. In an interview with CBS, Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins said, “Nurse Jackie is an essential part of the Showtime brand, and we are thrilled with the series’ growth in its fifth season. Under the new leadership of Clyde Phillips, and with an amazing cast led by Edie Falco, this show is as sharp and compelling and entertaining as ever. I’m excited to get to see the next chapter in Jackie’s life.”
CBS confirms the series growth, noting a ten percent increase from season four to five, now averaging 3.1 million viewers per week. Other cast members include Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze, Dominic Fumusa, Anna Deavere Smith and Peter Facinelli.
The fifth season finale airs June 16.