Nurse Jackie

Comedy and drama fuses in this quirky TV show Nurse Jackie that brings into limelight the versatility of actress Edie Falco. Set in a backdrop of New York City hospital, this half-hour single camera comedy is about a strong-willed woman who has a larger than life attitude as she balances a hectic work life with a complex personal life, all the while fighting the healthcare system along the way.

Nurse Jackie has been the brainchild of Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem, and Evan Dunsky, with Brixius and Wallem serving as showrunners for the series and sharing executive producer duties with Caryn Mandabach and John Melfi. Showtime initially ordered 12 episodes.

Nurse Jackie: The show

Medical riots and rivalries as well as controversies have been in news. When it comes to New York, we know how many medical bestsellers have been produced and penned down. However this show made news and enough noise but interesting as people wanted to hear a story from a nurse’s perspective. The shoe comprised very strong female characters and gay-inclusive storylines — one of the lead characters, Mo-Mo (Haaz Slieman), is gay and the show recently featured a lesbian couple played by Swoosie Kurtz and Blythe Danner — the drama has hit the score with LGBT viewers as well.

Unlike the conventional story lines of medical shows to be doctor-centric, “Nurse Jackie” rules out that the premise that it’s the nurses who really know what’s up, and essentially run the place. Indeed, Jackie throws a clear voice when she declares that a handsome young M.D. (Peter Facinelli) is clueless “when it comes to actual patients,” and commiserates with another nurse (”The Visitor’s” Haaz Sleiman) about doctors’ general stupidity.

Jackie is a woman who is in a deep conflict and a in a grave professional scenario. As she moves out to dine with Dr. O’Hara (Eve Best), one of the few physicians she tolerates the two converses on who should save the choking woman at the table next to them. Jackie takes the lead, but only because then Dr. O’Hara will buy dinner. Jackie is also in love with Eddie, the hospital pharmacist (Paul Schulze). The strange love conflicts in this relationship is that Jackie is married with two children, and clearly in love with her husband, too. Only a gifted actress can make us feel that she’s deeply in love with one man, then watch her come home, kiss her kids, look at her husband with deep felt eyes and make us still root for her. Falco is unmatched. She’s been a top-performer from the first time she appeared on Homicide: Life on the Streets and worked her way through Oz and then The Sopranos. Nurse Jackie is another fine accomplishment for her.

“Nurse Jackie” is a TV show that fits into the realms of theatre folk, getting furnished on its New York base by casting performers such as Best (a two-time Tony nominee) and Judith Ivey, Swoosie Kurtz and Blythe Danner in guest roles in a later episode. The show has opened up for talent breeding.

Nurse Jackie: Success

Executive producers John Melfi, Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem previously worked on HBO’s “The Comeback,” which also went through a lot of controversies before coming to a surprisingly satisfying conclusion — and who knows, they might do so again. After all, “Nurse Jackie” seems to contain all the ingredients for success.