‘Nurse Jackie’ renewed by Showtime; former ‘Dexter’ boss hired for season 5

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Despite some major changes behind the scenes for “Nurse Jackie” — including the the departure of Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius — Showtime is continuing to push the show forward with a fifth season.

In a statement this week, network boss David Nevins announced that former “Dexter” showrunner Clyde Phillips (who oversaw the series during some of its stronger seasons) will be taking over the Edie Falco dramedy moving forward. Not only that, but Nevins is confident he will get the job done:

“Clyde brings a unique combination of skills in both comedy and drama, and he is a master at making entertaining and compelling television … We are so thrilled with the series’ performance this year, and we know that with the incomparable Edie Falco in front of the camera, the fifth season of Nurse Jackie will be even better.”

Although “Jackie” is far from the highest-rated series on cable TV, it has served as a nice anchor for Showtime’s Sunday-night lineup. There is no word, meanwhile, on the fate of the other shows that help comprise its lineup in “The Big C” and “The Borgias.”

Even though showrunner changes can be frightening (ask “Community” fans), do you at least think that Showtime made a smart choice in bringing on board Phillips — someone who already knows how to make a show on this platform into a hit?

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