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  • Atypical
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    #271900

    Season 5 of Showtime’s Emmy-winning comedy series “Nurse Jackie” returns on Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 9 PM ET.

    Here is the new season trailer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5de9rLlVUk

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    #271902

    I cannot wait for the show to return. I loved last season and Falco is just so great on the show especially the fourth season I cannot stop talking about.

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    I’m so f-in’ ready for this.  :

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    That preview put a smile on my face. It’s so funny how I thought for seasons 1-3 that this show was just decent, nothing outstanding…but season 4 was tremendous. It was one of the best shows on television last year. Hopefully they can keep up the momentum for another season.
    No glimpse of Eve Best in the preview though? 

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    Atypical
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    Roush’s dual capsule reviews of “Veep” & Nurse Jackie”:

    GOLDEN GIRLS: We’re referring to Emmy gold, bestowed on the lead actresses of two pay-cable comedies returning for new seasons on Sunday night. The longer-running and better of the two is Showtime’s dark hospital dramedy Nurse Jackie, which opens its fifth season (9/8c) on the eve of Jackie’s birthday. Not that she has much to celebrate. Just watch the nuances on Edie Falco’s weary face as she is told, “You’re an angel,” after once again taking charge of a medical crisis. “Far from it,” she mutters. And it’s true, because burning a hole in the pocket of her scrubs are some ill-gotten pharmaceuticals, tempting this barely recovering addict to escape from the wreckage of her marriage, with a hostile ex-husband and a rebellious daughter, and the stress of working in an understaffed and under-equipped hospital. New to the staff: a sexy resident (Betty Gilpin) who uses her body to make up for her shortcomings — Jackie’s not a fan — and a tough trauma doc fresh from the Army (Morris Chestnut, making a strong impression) who treats every case like combat triage. He may yet earn Jackie’s respect. Nurse Jackie‘s fourth season earned our allegiance, dramatizing the consequences of Jackie’s bad behaviors. Recovery won’t be easy, but so far it’s an enjoyably bumpy ride.

    Last year’s comedy actress Emmy went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for her bravely unsympathetic, boisterously bumbling performance as HBO’s insecure Veep, Selina Meyer, a female Rodney Dangerfield who can’t get respect from the unseen POTUS — and in the second-season opener (10/9c), she locks horns on the night of a going-south midterm election with a diabolical senior strategist (Gary Cole, sensational) who’s described as the “Pol Pot of pie charts.” He takes one contemptuous look at the dithering VP, who’s as worried about her lipstick as she is about poll numbers, and declares, “I wouldn’t dispute your title. I might question your role.” The way she treats her hapless staff, who wouldn’t. The satire is vicious, the behaviors of all parties reprehensible, which makes for a bracingly unsavory series but also one that’s ultimately sour and predictable. When a running gag repeatedly shows the veep’s secretary rudely turning down interview requests from all of the morning shows, it’s beyond obvious where the episode’s final humiliating punch line is heading.

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    Terence Alfonso Ang
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    Online now…

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    Atypical
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    Episode Title: “Happy F-cking Birthday”

    Synopsis: In the season five premiere, a bus accident makes for a busy day at All Saints Hospital, as two new doctors join in the rotation; O’Hara is content with spending time with her new son; Akalitus gives Eddie his old job back.

    Discuss.   

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    FrozenBarbie
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    Looking forward to it. I really like this show, and this cast.

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    Atypical
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    I was worried about the showrunner change to Clyde Phillips, but from this premiere (which he wrote), it looks like the show hasn’t lost any of its edge or bite. Edie Falco’s amazing, and it looks like this could be another strong season for the show. I wonder if they’ll ever have Jackie relapse, b/c the temptations are all around her, and with her not-so-hot relationship with Kevin and the girls, this possibly new antagonistic relationship with the new ER doc (nice first impression from Morris Chestnut), Zoey moving out (Merritt Wever in the house!), and O’Hara leaving, I wonder where they’re going with Jackie’s recovery. The new resident doc wasn’t as impressive though. A review I read said that she was reminiscent of cocky and inept Coop from season 1, and that looks fairly accurate for now. I think I see what’s coming for Anna Deveare Smith this season too, and I’m not all that happy about it, but it could be strong material all the same. Very good premiere.

    Grade for “Happy F-cking Birthday”: A-

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    OnTheAisle
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    Grade for “Happy F-cking Birthday”: A-

    Really? 

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    I was disappointed. I didn’t believe the resident having intervourse with the patient who then collapsed with the new good doc. I absolutely rejected the scenario of Jackie being able to trick an apprently streetsmart, young football player into blowing half a million (!) on needed medical equipment. Eve Best made the most of a ridiculous story line that she could resign, have no one know and her baby delivered to her office for her last day!

    I am hoping of rimprovement on the next outing. 

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    Atypical
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    [quote=”Atypical”]

    Grade for “Happy F-cking Birthday”: A-

    Really? 

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    I was disappointed. I didn’t believe the resident having intervourse with the patient who then collapsed with the new good doc. I absolutely rejected the scenario of Jackie being able to trick an apprently streetsmart, young football player into blowing half a million (!) on needed medical equipment. Eve Best made the most of a ridiculous story line that she could resign, have no one know and her baby delivered to her office for her last day!

    I am hoping of rimprovement on the next outing. [/quote]

    Yeah, really. I thought this was a great premiere.

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    I hate the road they’re going down with Akalitus. Other than that, a pretty solid season opener. Doesn’t feel too different in tone from season 4, which is a good thing.

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    DD
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    [quote=”Atypical”]

    Grade for “Happy F-cking Birthday”: A-

    Really? 

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    I was disappointed. I didn’t believe the resident having intervourse with the patient who then collapsed with the new good doc. I absolutely rejected the scenario of Jackie being able to trick an apprently streetsmart, young football player into blowing half a million (!) on needed medical equipment. Eve Best made the most of a ridiculous story line that she could resign, have no one know and her baby delivered to her office for her last day!

    I am hoping of rimprovement on the next outing. [/quote]

    I agree. Some of the setups in the premiere felt forced (the football player donating the money, O’Hara leaving, Eddie immediately getting hired back, the new doc having sex at work, etc.). The tone felt a little off, too.

    Still, the premiere was entertaining and never boring so I’m curious to see where this is all going. I doubt they top the greatness of Season 4, tho.

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    Zap2It review of season five

    (Warning: The following “Nurse Jackie” Season 5 review contains minor plot spoilers and a few general storyline details not revealed in the season premiere. We’re not trying to give anything away, but proceed with caution if you’re spoiler sensitive.)

    After a season in which Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” redefined itself as essential viewing, anything less is going to feel like a disappointment. And while recovering addict Jackie still hasn’t relapsed at the beginning of Season 5, her series is taking several steps backwards.

    Season 4 started with a bang: Jackie’s marriage was in pieces, she voluntarily entered rehab, her best friend Dr. O’Hara was pregnant and her colleagues were thrown for a loop by All Saints’ aggressive and arrogant new administrator Mike Cruz (Bobby Cannavale). The season took off from there, making brilliant use of every member of its ensemble to tell a terrific arc about personal and professional turmoil and what it takes to summon the strength to move forward. It also provided multiple Emmy winner Edie Falco with some of the finest material of her career, no small feat for the former “Sopranos” star.

    Season 5 opens with a comparative whimper. There’s plenty of business to take care of, but the stakes are considerably lower. Jackie is still sober, Cruz is gone, new mom O’Hara is re-prioritizing her life and there are two new additions to the All Saints staff — recurring guest stars Morris Chestnut as Dr. Ike Prentiss and Betty Gilpin as Dr. Carrie Roman — as well as a couple of familiar faces unsurprisingly back in place. The biggest dramatic conflict comes from Jackie’s estranged husband Kevin (Dominic Fumusa), who isn’t going to forgive her lies, infidelity and reckless behavior anytime soon.

    The first several episodes of Season 5 aren’t wildly different than where “Nurse Jackie” was as a series back in Season 3. There’s a relaxed vibe, a tone that confidently shifts between drama and comedy, and an ensemble of likeable actors doing generally fine work in mostly broadly drawn characters. Falco and co-star Merritt Wever (as adorably effervescent nurse Zoey Barkow) fare the best because their roles are the most carefully crafted and they both have a knack to bring out the best in any scenario.

    But when a show reaches the level that “Nurse Jackie” did in Season 4, reverting to cruise control isn’t enough — and “Jackie” is just coasting through its new run. Part of that is likely due to a major behind the scenes change: creators and former showrunners Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem departed the series at the end of Season 4 for personal reasons. They were responsible for the slow build of the first three seasons, but also knew exactly why, when and how to drop the hammer in Season 4.

    New showrunner Clyde Phillips (“Dexter”) clearly doesn’t want to rock the boat too much, but also doesn’t seem to have a plan (or maybe a mandate) to really push the series and its characters forward in a major way. Instead of going pedal to the metal, Phillips pulls back and gives “Jackie” a lighter tone (as if caving to the critics who carp that this frequently bittersweet but often sharply funny series shouldn’t be considered a comedy) and far less urgency than it had before. Where every Season 4 episode ended in a way that immediately made you want to see what happened next, it wouldn’t be surprising if viewers find Season 5 episodes start to pile up unwatched on their DVR.

    One of the unenviable challenges of following Season 4 is the giant hole left in the wake of Cannavale’s departure — he was always just a special guest star but played a central role throughout last season and affected nearly every core character due to his position in the hospital. Both Chestnut and Gilpin have vaguely antagonistic characters, but the roles aren’t meaty enough or played with enough charisma and authority to even compare. (Gilpin’s ditzy sexpot resident seems on hand primarily to up the show’s previously low quota of bare skin to standard Showtime levels.) The good news is that Cruz eventually does return in a far more limited guest capacity, and Cannavale’s few scenes bring out the very best in the always excellent Falco.

    While Falco’s performance remains reason enough for fans to stick around, there’s cause for concern about where her character is headed, and not for the usual reasons. With the “When will Jackie get caught?” question firmly in the rear-view mirror, the suspense has shifted to “Will Jackie relapse?” And instead of addressing that directly, the show seems intent to explore how Jackie can keep her life under control without resorting to pills to numb the pain. She even has a new love interest (“Rescue Me’s” Adam Ferrara as NYPD officer Frank Verelli) to challenge her seeming inability to maintain a functional relationship. It’s unique territory to mine with the character, but feels like postponing the inevitable (a relapse) instead of laying the proper groundwork that would help turn a logical dramatic twist into legitimate tragedy.     

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    Episode Title: “Luck of the Drawing”

    Synopsis: Jackie and Kevin’s divorce mediation hits a wall when he demands full custody of the girls; a released bus-crash patient returns to All Saints Hospital after contracting sepsis; Coop threatens to leave after not being appointed chief of the ER, but Jackie talks him out of it.

    Discuss. 

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