Seriously?!? Do We Really Need Yet Another Hospital Series On TV? If It's "Nurse Jackie", YOU BET!
Jun 5, 2009
Showtime's newest series, "Nurse Jackie", premieres on Monday, June 8, 2009, at 10:30 PM following their smash hit, "Weeds". I was able to view the first episode and a "Behind The Scenes" last week via a special e-mail from www.sho.com and would like to tell you a bit about the first episode and a short synopsis of the series itself.
"Nurse Jackie" is played by "The Sopranos" star and multiple Emmy winner, Edie Falco. Nurse Jackie Peyton is a double shift working nurse with her own unique brand of justice, a chronic back problem, a husband, two daughters, a boyfriend, and one pretty hefty prescription drug problem. Jackie must take drugs to make it through her hectic day. In the first episode she is clearly hooked on Vicodin and Oxycontin which is readily supplied by her pharmacist boyfriend, Eddie Walzer played by Paul Schulze. Paul Schulze, incidentally, played Father Intintola on the Sopranos opposite Edie Falco's Carmella Soprano in several highly sexually charged episodes. So, if you want to see Father Intintola and Carmella "get it on" weekly then this is the show for you! LOL!
Eve Best and Haaz Sleiman play Jackie's friends and co-workers, Dr. Eleanor O'Hara, a Brit with the same sense of humor as Jackie and Mohammed "Mo Mo" de la Cruz, a fellow nurse. Both of these friends share many of the same personality characteristics as Jackie but don't have a clue about the "real" Nurse Jackie.
Peter Facinelli (Twilight & Six Feet Under) plays a young intern named Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper, who is a total Ivy League snob, but with problems of his own as he displays manic highs and lows. "Coop" also has a form of Tourette's Syndrome that when the good doctor gets nervous, involves acting out with inappropriate, sexual touching.
Rounding out the cast is Merrit Wever as Zoey Barkow (Michael Clayton), a first year nursing student who thinks Nurse Jackie walks on water and describes her as a saint. Little does she know all of Jackie's problems at work and at home, let alone the justice she exacts on patients and their families every working day. All of this is gleaned in just the first 30 minute episode, folks!
Many people online have commented that Nurse Jackie is like female Dr. House but I can see little comparison between the two. Nurse Jackie treats her patients with the utmost of care, has a very pleasant and caring bedside manner, no ego to speak of, not to mention she really helps people in their lives and not just by healing and/or saving them...
If this series is as intriguing as the first episode, then Showtime has another hit on their hands in "Nurse Jackie" and Edie Falco could have another Emmy sitting on her mantle!
The newest Showtime series has the makings of a good strong staple with mature, complex characters involved in some pretty tense, seriocomic situations. Many people have been comparing the show to House, ER, and the like. I don't watch those shows. I didn't even watch Strong Medicine on Lifetime earlier this decade. I haven't watched a hospital themed show since Medical Center. So, therefore, I have no comparison. I wasn't a … more