Emmy Nominations – Who Got Served and Who Got Screwed Again

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The 2012 Emmy nominations have been announced and we’ve got all of the major categories listed as well as our initial, emotional reactions.

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Boardwalk Empire
Homeland
Mad Men
Game of Thrones

Reaction: What’s to debate here? All deserve it to some degree. Even in a down season, Downton Abbey is still phenomenal television, even if it’s not your cup of tea. My only gripe is that last year Abbey was considered a Miniseries and now they take the place of an equally deserving show. Nothing is budging Breaking Bad or Mad Men, and there’s no one else more thrilled to see Homeland and Game of Thrones included. Boardwalk Empire belongs too, but again, Sons of Anarchy will sadly never be in the Emmy conversation for whatever reason even though this past season wasn’t its most consistent. There were series that were going to be left on the outside looking in and SOA, The Good Wife, The Walking Dead and Justified were left out this year.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Elizabeth Moss – Mad Men
Michelle Dockery – Downton Abbey
Kathy Bates – Harry’s Law
Claire Danes – Homeland
Glenn Close – Damages

Reaction: There is nothing but rage, absolute rage. Someone please take Bates out and place Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal! It’s absolute B.S. And where’s Sarah Michelle Gellar for playing dual roles in Ringer. I’m kidding about that last comment, people, I’m kidding.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad
Archie Panjabi – The Good Wife
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men
Christine Baranski – The Good Wife

Reaction: It’s a glorious day to see Anna Gunn break into the category and get some recognition for Skylar White. It’s well-deserved and been a long time coming. Downton Abbey was a bit too soapy for me this past season but I can see why Smith and Froggatt are nominated. The Good Wife is filled with great actresses up and down that cast so there was no doubt that Baranski and Panjabi were going to be nominated. No Joelle Carter this year, but if all goes right, next year could be her year knowing her potential storylines in Justified.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Joan Cusack – Shameless
Uma Thurman – Smash
Julia Ormond – Mad Men
Loretta Devine – Grey’s Anatomy
Jean Smart – Harry’s Law
Martha Plimpton – The Good Wife

Reaction: Good choices, especialy with Plimpton and Cusack. Thurman was one of the few memorable things about Smash, but does anyone believe that show qualifies as a Drama series? It’s more like a comedy…

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Bonneville – Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall – Dexter
Jon Hamm – Mad Men
Damien Lewis – Homeland

Reaction: This is one of the toughest categories year in and year out. Anything Homeland is hot, but Cranston is putting on a clinic each week on Breaking Bad. Hall is getting a bit long in the tooth in this category and is a bit outclassed, so I would have cheered more had Fringe’s John Noble took his place who is long overdue for some recognition for playing a dozen versions of his character Walter Bishop. We still love you, John. And Timothy Olyphant was also left out for what was his finest season as Raylan Givens.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito – Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle – Downton Abbey
Jim Carter – Downton Abbey
Jared Harris – Mad Men
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones

Reaction: Again, a knockout category and I’m glad I don’t have a vote for this one. Harris had a season to remember, and I’ve never rooted for an antagonist before like I did with Esposito’s Gus Fring. What’s not to love about Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister? And both Carter and Coyle are strong on Abbey but I’m surprised not to see Alan Cumming from The Good Wife, also no Walton Goggins for Justified? Bah!

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Mark Margolis – Breaking Bad
Jeremy Davies – Justified
Jason Ritter – Parenthood
Ben Feldman – Mad Men
Dylan Baker – The Good Wife

Reaction: How the hell do you leave Neal McDonough off this list? What an absolute crime! He deserves the spot more than fellow Justified guest, Jeremy Davies who is great on the show, but McDonough was riveting. We’ll be rooting for Breaking Bad‘s Mark Margolis (DING! DING! DING!) who got to finally step out of the wheelchair and show people a great performance in the Breaking Bad episode, “Hermanos.” Ritter who got no respect in The Event, did remind people of his talent in Parenthood.

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields and McCoys
Luther
Sherlock

Reaction: Even with Downton Abbey leaving this category, it still stacked. BBC is well represented with Luther and Sherlock. American Horror Story qualified and that helped it not to get lost in the Drama series. I’m glad it’s recognized. Hatfields and McCoys made a late charge and it’s fresh on voters’ minds.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Connie Britton – American Horror Story
Ashley Judd – Missing
Nicole Kidman – Hemingway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore – Game Change
Emma Thompson – The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)

Reaction: Lots of reliable Academy and fan favorites make this category extremely competitive this season, but something tells me that Moore will get it for portraying Sarah Palin. Judd’s action role in the canceled Missing, AKA TV’s Taken, is a bit of a odd pick.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Kevin Costner – Hatfield & McCoys
Idris Elba – Luther
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Woody Harrelson – Game Change
Bill Paxton – Hatfield & McCoys
Clive Owen – Hemmingway & Gellhorn

Reaction: – Connect yourself to Ernest Hemmingway in any way, shape or form and you will get attention. I’ll be rooting for either of the BBC representatives in Elba and Cumberbatch because both are so clearly distinct in the massive sea of good television.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Ed Harris –  Game Change
Denis O’Hare –  American Horror Story
David Strathairn –  Hemingway & Gellhorn
Martin Freeman – Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Tom Berenger – Hatfields & McCoys

Reaction: I’ll admit to seeing only Freeman and O’Hare, who I both enjoyed for different reasons. Knowing this Academy, Harris is the front runner in portraying McCain.

Outstanding Host in Reality TV
Tom Bergeron – Dancing With the Stars
Cat Deeley – So YOu Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan – The Amazing Race
Betty White – Off Their Rockers
Ryan Seacrest – American Idol

Reaction: I’m rooting for White. I am not afraid to admit that I watch this show and yes, I do think it’s funny. Also, does anyone really care about the rest of these puppets?

Outstanding Reality – Competition
Dancing With the Stars
The Amazing Race
Top Chef
So You Think You Can Dance
The Voice
Project Runway

Reaction: If we’re talking reality here, why is Dancing with the Stars here? The Voice could be roped into that strange celeb/reality blend too because in all honesty, our eyes are on what Christina Aguilera will wear and say next. The Amazing Race will be the odds on favorite, as usual, especially with Survivor being absent. I’ll still be rooting Top Chef and Project Runway but again, Survivor’s absence is a big surprise. Let’s just be thankful that American Idol wasn’t nominated.

Outstanding Variety Series
The Daily Show
Colbert Report
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Saturday Night Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Reaction: It’s the usual suspects except Conan O’Brien is missing. That move to TBS has not done much for Conan outside of security. It seems like everyone’s forgotten what network he’s moved to. I also don’t think this was one of SNL’s better years either.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Zooey Deschanel – New Girl
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey – 30 Rock
Julia Louise-Dreyfus – VEEP
Lena Dunham -Girls
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
Melissa McCarthy – Mike and Molly

Reaction: The Academy is in love with Fey, Poehler, and McCarthy. Fey can do no wrong despite 30 Rock not currently being as great as the earlier seasons. Poehler and Parks and Rec probably had its best season, and it’s probably no coincidence that both that and Veep’s  leads were nominated in an election year. Well played HBO and NBC. I like Deschanel, but I’m surprised she got nominated, then again, I’m not. Dunham and Falco are no surprises here after their seasons but I feel like this category is missing some stronger candidates.  Also no Alison Brie and no Krysten Ritter… double sigh. Waitaminute, does anyone else notice how they got seven nominations when most others had only six? Lots of gripes are going to come at this one…

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory
Merritt Wever – Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig – Saturday Night Live
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family
Julie Bowen – Modern Family
Kathryn Joosten – Desperate Housewives

Reaction: When is the Academy going to grow some balls and nominate Kaitlin Olson for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? I’m eye-rolling at the Modern Family nods but mildly applauding Bialik’s nomination. Wiig is the only thing that saves SNL half the time and I have to admit that I never been desperate enough to tune into Housewives since the first season. Where are the girls of Happy Endings? Cheryl Hines or Allie Grant of Suburgatory? Bah! The comedy nominations get me pissed every single year.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Louis C.K. – Louie
Jon Cryer – Two and a Half Men
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock

Reaction: People need to stop recognizing Two and a Half Men, seriously. Every time Cryer and this show are recognized, it shows why Hollywood keeps making brain dead comedies for the networks. Parsons, Baldwin, and David were almost written in months ago. Snooze. Here’s where Louis C.K. gets his nomination along with his writing and directing. Him winning would be an incredible upset knowing these voters, but there’s no one else who actually deserves it more than him.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ed O’Neill – Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Modern Family
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family
Bill Hader – SNL
Max Greenfield – New Girl

Reaction: Again, no disrespect to MF, but the Academy should be ashamed at nominating four goddmamn actors from one show in one category. There are other shows out there you know. Damon Wayans Jr. should be on this list. Also Nick Kroll from The League should be here and I also think that Garrett Dillahunt deserves a nomination for Raising Hope. Want another diss? How about James Van Der Beek on Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23. Hell, anyone but a Modern Family cast member–this season anyway.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Big Bang Theory
Curb Your ENthusiasm
30 Rock
VEEP
Modern Family
Girls

Reaction: Wow, Curb Your Enthusiasm made a resurgence in the comedy awards. Was hoping Louie would crack this category once and for all but somehow 30 Rock got yet another nomination even though it’s been sitting in park for the last few seasons. The same could be said about Modern Family. I’m not sure if Archer entered as a comedy or animated series, but it should be here nonetheless. Wilfred is a cutting edge show that requires more thought than just laughing straight jokes but it seems to go over many heads. Episodes was another snubbed victim. VEEP and Girls took away spots normally held by network comedies and that’s nice, but Louie still deserves to be in this category and so does Community. Booooooo!

Outstanding Animated Program
American Dad – Hot Water
The Penguins of Madagascar – The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole
Futurama – The Tip of the Zoidberg
Bob’s Burgers – BurgerBoss
The Simpsons – Holidays of Future Passed

Reaction: Where’s Archer? One episode of Archer is more entertaining than all of the nominees back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back.

Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program
Regular Show – Eggscellent
Adventure Time – Too Young
Disney Phineas and Ferb – The Doonkleberry Imperative
Robot Chicken – Fight Club Paradise
Mad – Kitchen Nightmare Before Christmas / How I Met Your Mummy

Reaction: Knowing that Adventure Time, Regular Show, Mad and Robot Chicken all have nominations this year but Sons of Anarchy doesn’t sums up the type of twisted turmoil happiness and anger bestowed on people like us who follow television.

 

Other notable nominations and notes:

  • In the comedy writing category, both Community (Remedial Chaos Theory) and Louie (Pregnant) got nominations. So essentially the Butterfly Effect and TV’s longest fart joke got nominated. See how random the Emmys can be?
  • Louis C.K. also got a directing nomination for “Duckling” which may have been the greatest half hour of television last year.
  • Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan got a directing nomination for the series climax, “Face Off”
  • Mad Men dominated the drama writing category with three nominations; Homeland picked up one too for its Pilot.
  • Nominated for Main Title Design: FX’s American Horror Story’s creepy opening, Cinemax’s Strike Back, Starz Magic City, PBS’ Great Expectation, and Fox’s New Girl that lasts less than 10 seconds. How is Game of Thrones not nominated?
  • Burt Reynolds did not get an Emmy nomination for Voice-Over performance in Archer. Dammit!

Well, those are our initial reactions, want to share yours? For a complete list of the Emmy Nominations including the technical categories, click here.

Showtime Signs on for ‘Nurse Jackie’ Season 5 & Inks ‘Dexter’ Showrunner

You can’t keep a good nurse down.

Showtime has just announced that Nurse Jackie, starring Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton, will return to premium network in 2013 for its fifth season. Showtime President David Nevins also announced that Emmy Award nominee Clyde Phillips will be coming aboard as the new showrunner for nursing’s dark comedy. Phillips, who worked as showrunner on Dexter before leaving after the Season 4 finale, will join Richie Jackson as executive producer on Nurse Jackie.

EDITOR’S PICK: DEXTER Season 7 Casting Alert

Nevins stated: “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.”

Nurse Jackie heads into production on its fifth season in late 2012. The fourth season also starred Eve Best, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze, Dominic Fumusa, Anna Deavere Smith and Peter Facinelli.

Sopranos Star Aida Turturro & Tony Award Winner Joel Grey Join ‘Nurse Jackie’ Season 4 Cast

Showtime just announced that Aida Turturro (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mercy, Medium, The Sopranos, ER) and Joel Grey (Cabaret) will both join the cast of Nurse Jackie for one episode.

On The Sopranos, Turturro played Tony Soprano’s (James Gandolfini) sister Janice. This will be a reunion for Edie Falco and Turturro.

According to Showtime: “Grey will make an appearance in one episode as a patient suffering from dementia.”

However, the network is remaining hush hush on details regarding Turturro’s role, only stating that it will be a “pivotal role”.

Rosie Perez and Bobby Cannavale have also been announced as new cast members in Nurse Jackie’s fourth season, currently in production.

*Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage.com

Showtime Renews ‘Nurse Jackie’ For 4th Season, Cancels ‘United States of Tara’

Springtime buddies Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara are parting ways.

Showtime has announced that it’s picking up Nurse Jackie for a fourth season, while parting ways with United States of Tara.

The former, starring Edie Falco, put up respectable numbers in its third season, averaging 2.8 million viewers a week.

As for Tara, the situation wasn’t as rosy. Viewership dropped to around 300-350 thousand viewers per week, down substantially from the second season (and even more from the first season). Toni Collette was amazing in the role of Tara, and even garnered an Emmy back in 2009.

Both shows will see their season finales next month.

Exclusive Interview: Gbenga Akinnagbe Discusses ‘Nurse Jackie’ – Part 1

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Recently, we had the pleasure of interviewing Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Good Wife, The Wire), guest-starring in Nurse Jackie as Kelly Slater.

Gbenga Akinnagbe Nurse JackieIn Season 3, Slater is introduced as the hot shot new nurse on the scene at All Saints Hospital. In this interview, Akinnagbe discusses the “chess game” relationship he has with jackie Peyton (Edie Falco). As the young upstart, Slater is positioned as Jackie’s rival. From episode 6, “When the Saints Go,” through the season finale, Slater will raise Jackie’s blood pressure at work, while she tries to keep her marriage and drug habit in order.

Akinnagbe also talks about the first day of shooting NJ and what it was like working with actors on show that he was already a “fan” of. For fans of The Wire, he shares some thoughts on the unforgettable series and one of his most memorable roles (until now) as Chris.

New episodes of Nurse Jackie can be seen every Monday night on Showtime. Be sure to tune in and see Slater jump into action and push Jackie over the edge.

Part 2 of our interview will be published closer to the NJ Season 3 finale on June 20.

Nurse Jackie Season 3 Episode 5 Preview Clips: Rat Falls – Get Ready for a Coop Shocker

Nurse Jackie (Edie Falco) antics continue in Episode 3.5, “Rat Falls.” If you’ve been keeping up with NJ this season, I think you’ll agree that this is one of the best season’s yet. Several secondary characters are taking on larger roles and it’s only helping the show to become funnier. While Zoey (Merritt Wever) dominated co-star laughs in prior seasons, Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith) remains our favorite character of Season 3.

Story:
Jackie panics when her stash of pills from Bill the epileptic drug dealer runs low; Coop decides to fight O’Hara for the ER chief position but learns his mothers are divorcing; Jackie confronts Eddie about his “texting” relationship with Kevin’s sister.

In this clip, Jackie confronts Eddie about his budding relationship with her sister-in-law.

This clip shows off a shocker regarding Coop that will have a ripple effect throughout the remainder of Nurse Jackie Season 3.

Nurse Jackie Episode 3.4 Review: Jackie Sinks Deeper, While Akalitus Rocks

You know you’ve hit rock bottom when you start hiding drugs in the laundry or raiding a group of nuns for your lost stash. Nurse Jackie sunk to a different kind of low in “Mitten.” Once again, she’s hidden drugs in a place where it could have been easily accessible to her children. This time the drugs were mixed up in a good will box with her daughter’s baptismal clothes. You can’t really call it an “all-new” low. After all, Jackie Peyton’s (Edie Falco) slapped food out of her child’s hand because it had drugs in it; she’s also kept a secret romance at work and a secret husband at home.

It’s good to see Jackie and O’Hara (Eve Best) playing nice again. The fiery-eyed beef between the two was great to see for a few episodes, but the humor wins out when they are on good terms. “Mitten” showcased a terrific scene with Jackie and O’Hara having lunch together. When a waitress gets chewed out by one of the restaurant customers, Jackie acts like she is the manager and turns the tables on the irate customer. Instead of the waitress apologizing, the customer is forced to apologize to the waitress in order to save face in front of a client. The waitress then says to Dr. O’hara, “You’re friend is awesome.”

Favorite Characters & Character Moments on “Mitten”:
Zoey (Merritt Wever) was walking around with a pedometer, more-or-less jogging in place throughout the entire episode. When one of the patients asked if she was on speed, Zoey responded, “I am speed muthaaa’fucka.”

Zoey later says to Jackie in the Chapel, “I’m going to be a sweaty bride.”

Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith) continues to rock All Saints in Nurse Jackie Season 3. Her campaign to get Michelle Obama to visit All Saints lead her to hand-drawing a thermometer that looked more like a “willy,” according to O’Hara. When O’Hara tries to bribe her with $1,000 to take the drawing down, Akalitus slickly suggests that she will not take it down, but instead write O’Hara’s name in gold letters on the sign. O’Hara quickly ups the price to $2,000. Nicely played, Akalitus.

Eddie (Paul Schulze) is officially working in All Saints – at least in Kevin’s (Dominic Fumusa) eyes. He greets Jackie sarcastically, proclaiming that this is his “first day” of work. Kevin has invited Eddie over for a barbeque to celebrate the new job. This may be the “first day” of work for Eddie, but that doesn’t stop him from putting the moves on Jackie. He gives Jackie a ride home on his motorcycle, gently reminding her that she has to put her arms around him to hold on. This was a devilish, but “pimping” move for Eddie. I have to take a second to commend Schulze. He played the scene straight, but had a slight smirk, knowing that he was baiting Jackie.

Forgettable:
Coop (Peter Facinelli) starts up a battle with O’Hara to become the chief of the ER. It’s not a real battle because Akalitus has already given the job to O’Hara. However, they continue to egg Coop on so that he can work extra hours for free. That’s all fine. Nothing we haven’t seen before. Coop is always the step stool for the hospital. However, a bunion pops up on Coop’s foot and just makes you think – gross. Seriously, who cares about Coop’s feet?

Nurse Jackie Season 3 continues to delight. We’ll see how Eddie and Jackie’s relationship works out with Kevin unknowingly setting up his sister to cock-block on Eddie and Jackie quality time.

Nurse Jackie Season 3: Expect More Drugs, Lies and Relationship Mishaps

Nurse Jackie Season 3 is officially here, and viewers have a lot to look forward to in the 12-episode season.

Season 3 picks up right on the same scene where Season 2 left off – Jackie (Edie Falco) staring into the bathroom mirror after Dr. O’Hara (Eve Best) and Kevin (Dominic Fumusa) confronted her for abusing drugs. As co-creator Linda Wallem stated, this season will not be the season of “Jackie goes to rehab.”

Instead, viewers can look forward to more drugs, lies and relationship mishaps. The 12 episodes will delve further into Jackie’s drug addiction, while simultaneously opening up the show to the supporting cast. We’ll see drug dealers of the past show up to stake their claim in Jackie’s downward spiral of a life. Yet, she still keeps All Saints working like clockwork.

Thor (Stephen Wallem) steps up in a major way, easily grabbing laughs and empathetic smiles as his bond with Dr. Cooper (Peter Facinelli) goes through a subtle metamorphosis. We’ll also see Stephen’s singing chops displayed in the last two episodes of the season.

In Season 2 we saw the beginnings of Zoey’s (Merritt Wever) relationship with Lenny (Lenny Jacobson). We’ll see how their relationship progresses in the third season, however don’t expect anything too deep. The creative team has given Wever just enough room to flex some different qualities in Zoey’s character. For starters, we start to see Zoey take on some more Jackie-like qualities. You’ll have to tune in to see what happens.

Dr. Cooper antics once again come in abundance. His relationship with Eddie (Paul Schulze) will take a subtle turn, and we’ll see just how strong or weak their friendship is by the finale. Also, Dr. Cooper’s two moms will make an appearance, which may shake things up and add an overdose of family laughs. Don’t worry. Coop is still as childish as ever. Although there will be more drama, it doesn’t come at the cost of any of the dark humor.

Fumusa delivers an admirable performance throughout the season as the spurned husband. Jackie’s secrets have pushed his character in a new direction. We’ll also see more of Kevin outside of the Peyton household, which will add tension, shock and a lot of “ut ohs” around the streets of New York. We’ll see some strong emotional highs between Kevin, Jackie and O’Hara as relationships and bonds are put to the test. With Grace (Ruby Jerins) issues still prevalent, viewers will be rewarded with a lot of major turns throughout the 12-episode season. Personally, I couldn’t stop watching. The season feels like 12 deftly manufactured pills that I can’t keep away from.

While the season may sound melodramatic, the creators stick to the formula of 1-part drama, two parts comedy. The drama, however, is so poignant that you’ll be hard pressed to categorize Season 3 as either drama or comedy. And, dramedy just seems to come up short.

Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire) joins Nurse Jackie as another nurse later on in the season. Viewers can expect some intense rivalries as Akinnagbe plays the upstart nurse stealing Jackie’s spotlight.

Eddie’s Fatal Attraction relationship with Jackie and Kevin also builds in intensity. He may be Kevin’s closest friend these days, but he still has a thing for Jackie. He’ll have to make some serious decisions going forward and decide where he wants to place his allegiances. Viewers can definitely expect a lot of jealousy in Season 3. And, it will be a pervasive theme throughout all members of the All Saints Hospital as more relationships come into the mix and get even further mixed up.

Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith) kicks major butt this season, rising up as one of the favorite supporting cast members. Smith has several scenes with each cast member, each more funny than the next. Akalitus spearheads a running joke throughout the season revolving around her war on obesity and Michelle Obama. There are also several religious jokes that are certain to stir any repressed giggles. And, a finale that will definitely surprise.

Right now, Nurse Jackie Season 3 may be my favorite season to day. The characters have all reached a point where I’m fully invested in them emotionally and I can’t get enough of overdosing on the All Saints pill pop.

Nurse Jackie Stars Wallem and Falco Perform Cabaret in NYC

We may be only a few months away from the premiere of Nurse Jackie Season 3, but Jackie stars Edie Falco and Stephen Wallem are ready to give fans an off-Jackie off-Broadway performance in NYC.

On Feb 4th-6th, Falco and Wallem perform The OTHER Steve & Edie at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York.

About The OTHER Steve & Edie

The Other Steve and Edie is conceived by Mr. Wallem and Ms. Falco, with musical direction by three-time After Dark Award winner, Beckie Menzie and Direction by Tony Humrichouser. Throughout the show, the duo will take on songs from contemporary pop to jazz standards, with a healthy dose of show tunes and original material, and even a salute to the other Steve and Eydie.

This is a limited engagement so be sure to book your tickets quickly. Visit the West Bank Cafe for ticketing.

Showtime Sets The Borgias Premiere Date, Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara Season 3 Return Dates

Showtime has sent out the 411 on its spring schedule. Both Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara, going on their third seasons, will hop back in the saddle starting on March 28th. New original series The Borgias will get it’s premiere on April 3.

From the press release:

On Monday, March 28th at 10 PM, Edie Falco returns in her Emmy®-winning and Golden Globe nominated role in NURSE JACKIE.  Picking up right where last season left off, the third season begins with Jackie Peyton facing an unwanted intervention.

Immediately following at 10:30 PM, UNITED STATES OF TARA returns for a third season with Toni Collette in her Golden Globe winning turn  as a mother struggling with DID.  This season Eddie Izzard stars a college professor who presents a challenge to Tara when she decides to go back to school.

On Sunday, April 3rd from 9-11 PM, the lavish production of THE BORGIAS comes to SHOWTIME.  Oscar® winner Neil Jordan’s epic series stars Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia, the patriarch of one of history’s most notorious families who became Pope in 1492.   The first episode will be a special two-hour presentation at 9 pm on April 3rd.  The following week, April 10th, the series will air at its regular 10-11 PM timeslot.