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Nurse Jackie to end after seventh season

Nurse Jackie

Story by Jack Foley

NURSE Jackie is to end after its forthcoming seventh season.

The decision was announced by Showtime via Twitter, as follows: “#NurseJackie is working one last shift! Join us in celebrating and bidding farewell to the 7th & FINAL season in 2015.”

The medical dramedy headlined by Edie Falco has become a ratings hit and a critical darling during its run, winning Emmys, a Humanitas Prize, an AFI Award and several Prism awards.

It even earned an early renewal in March ahead of its sixth season premiere.

But Showtime has decided that its best to call time on the series to allow it to depart while still on top.

In a further statement, Showtime president David Nevins said: “Edie is one of our finest actresses. We are so honoured 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 [showrunner] Clyde Phillips and [exec producer] Richie Jackson who have led the show to the success that it is today.”

The final season will be the first without co-star Peter Facinelli as a series regular but it will boast Emmy favourite Tony Shalhoub (of Monk fame) as a new ER doc.

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