Ahead of Nurse Jackie‘s sixth-season premiere, Showtime has given the dark comedy starring Edie Falco an early seventh-season renewal. Clyde Phillips will continue as executive producer/showrunner after closing a new two-year overall deal with Lionsgate TV, which co-produces Nurse Jackie with Showtime. Phillips joined Nurse Jackie after Season 4. The series’ fifth season, the first with him at the helm, averaged 3.13 million weekly viewers across platforms, up 14% from Season 4. Under the overall deal, former Dexter showrunner Phillips also will develop new projects. “We are delighted to continue our longstanding relationship with Clyde Phillips, a creative powerhouse who has reinvigorated the Nurse Jackie series and who is also a prolific developer of television series in the auteur television arena,” said Lionsgate TV Group chairman Kevin Beggs. “His expertise in comedy and drama makes him a rare showrunner/creator and we are lucky to have him in the Lionsgate family.”
Filming on Season 7 of Nurse Jackie will begin in New York later this year, with Phillips, Tom Straw, Richie Jackson, Liz Flahive and Caryn Mandabach executive producing. Season 6 premieres April 13. In it, Falco’s Jackie Peyton, a strong-willed and brilliant – but very flawed – ER nurse, returns to the demons of her addiction. She’s trying to cope with a real relationship (Adam Ferrara), an ex-husband (Dominic Fumusa), a daughter who is growing up way too fast (Ruby Jerins), and a sponsor whom she can’t seem to shake (guest star Julie White). Nurse Jackie has earned Emmy Awards for Falco and Merritt Wever, who co-stars alongside Paul Schulze, Anna Deavere Smith, Stephen Wallem, Betty Gilpin, Mackenzie Aladjem and Peter Facinelli. Recurring guest star Morris Chestnut returns, joined by Laura Benanti and Michael Esper. Phillips is with CAA.