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 fan of The Sopranos either. So, I wasn't drawn to the material because of Edie Falco. Falco has star power. She will keep this wonderful thing going for as long as Showtime and she can keep it going. Plus, Jackie is a fabulous character. She is funny, compassionate, a liar and a cheat. She is, in essence, entertainment's Everywoman. She will hold my attention.
The writing is pretty strong, judging from the pilot episode. The use of Andre Previn's wonderful 'Theme From 'Valley of the Dolls'' is a great musical leitmotif for a series about a woman with a drug dependency. Somehow, it makes a person smile. And the set of a slightly dated hopsital adds a great touch to the show as a whole.
But Falco, Jackie and the great ensemble--which includes Anna Deavere Smith--aside, I am watching this show for one reason: Merritt Wever.
I first saw Wever play a disturbed young woman on an episode of Law and Order CI and she was riveting! She has also had roles on two episodes of the original Law AndOrder. Seeing her as the squeaky clean, plucky intern is a wonderful thing. So hopefully, the show will give her the break she needs to become of our next enduring actresses.
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 … more