Nurse Jackie’s seventh season, which begins production this week, will be its last, Showtime has announced, continuing a long trend for the premium cable network of ending its hit shows a little too long after their creative peak. The Edie Falco-starring half-hour dramedy has long collected Emmy nominations (and a trophy apiece for Falco and her supporting castmate Merritt Wever) and gotten okay ratings, but critics have largely ignored it in recent years.
“Edie is one of our finest actresses,” Showtime President David Nevins said in a statement. “We are so honored to have had her on the network. She creates indelible characters and Nurse Jackie Peyton is no exception. I know this final season will bring her story to a close that will satisfy the ever-growing number of loyal viewers who have been entranced and, at times, appalled by Jackie through the years. I want to thank Edie, the incredible cast of Nurse Jackie and Clyde Phillips and Richie Jackson who have led the show to the success that it is today.”
The thing about “bringing the story to a close,” though, is Nurse Jackie kinda had a perfect ending in its fourth season — when our pill-addicted anti-hero went to rehab — and after that, creators/original showrunners Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem departed and things probably should have wrapped up. But much like Showtime’s other Emmy-grabbing hits Weeds and Dexter, it just kept plodding along to less and less attention, repeating storylines that had already been completely worn out. The same pattern seems to be repeating itself over at Homeland, although who knows, maybe that one will bounce back after a cruddy third season.
Anyway, we bid you a fond farewell, Nurse Jackie. You will certainly grab a final Emmy nomination for Falco before she moves on to greener pastures. And you always had one of the worst opening credits sequences on cable, which is saying something when you’re on Showtime.