"Nurse Jackie," with Falco, Best, Smith and Fumusa, Debuts on Showtime June 8

News   "Nurse Jackie," with Falco, Best, Smith and Fumusa, Debuts on Showtime June 8 The new half-hour comedy "Nurse Jackie" — which stars Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actress Edie Falco in the title role — debuts on the Showtime cable network June 8 at 10:30 PM ET.
Dominic Fumusa with Edie Falco; Eve Best; and Anna Deavere Smith
Dominic Fumusa with Edie Falco; Eve Best; and Anna Deavere Smith Photo by Ken Regan/Showtime

The cast also features Eve Best as Dr. Eleanor "Ellie" O'Hara, Peter Facinelli as Dr. Fitch Cooper, Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow, Haaz Sleiman as Mohammed "Mo Mo" de la Cruz, Paul Schulze as Eddie Walzer, Anna Deavere Smith as Gloria Akalitus and Dominic Fumusa as Kevin Peyton. The pilot was written by Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem and Evan Dunsky.

"Nurse Jackie," according to press notes, "is a half-hour dark comedy that is at turns wicked, heartbreaking and funny. Edie Falco stars as the title character Jackie Peyton, a strong-willed and brilliant — but very flawed — emergency room nurse working in the complicated and frenzied environment of a New York City hospital. A lapsed Catholic with a weakness for painkillers to get her through the days, Jackie keeps the hospital balanced with her unique bedside manner and own brand of medical justice. Every day is a high-wire act of juggling patients, doctors and fellow nurses along with her indiscretions. Jackie's relentless dedication to her profession and her family come into conflict with the complicated decisions she's faced with on an hourly basis, leaving her in many moral and ethical quandaries that she somehow must find a way to figure out."

Linda Wallem, Liz Brixius, John Melfi and Caryn Mandabach are the executive producers of the series; Richie Jackson is the co-executive producer.

For more information visit www.sho.com/site/nursejackie/home.do.

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