August 23, 2009 |
It's not too late to talk up: "Nurse Jackie" It's true. We can't get enough "True Blood" or "Mad Men" these days, but let's not forget about Edie Falco's comedy, which is every bit as good as its more heavily hyped cable competition. In the season finale, Jackie's got a full plate: a new ring from the hubby, a brewing confrontation with the boyfriend and an important patient en route. Hmm, what's a hopped-up nurse to do? (Monday) You should be talking about: Arctic Monkeys But you aren't, according to the sales of the British indie rock band's last two albums, which are among the U.K.'s fastest selling.
June 7, 2009 |
The premise of "Nurse Jackie," an original series on Showtime that premieres Monday, sounds inherently dark: Edie Falco plays a pill-popping emergency room nurse wearily combating the dysfunction of a chaotic big-city hospital. But there was little somberness in evidence on a cold winter day in February as Falco shot a short scene with costars Peter Facinelli and Merritt Wever on a soundstage in Queens.
June 19, 2011
Peter Facinelli stars as Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" — which ends its season Monday — as well as Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the "Twilight" movies. This year was a rough one for Coop: He had to endure the pain of a bunion and the breakup of his lesbian parents . Have you created your own back story for him ? Definitely. I think that all of his current problems stem from the emotional baggage of his childhood. And I don't think his issues stem from his parents being lesbians — I think it's how they were as moms.
December 12, 2010 |
When Edie Falco won an Emmy for outstanding actress in a comedy for her role in "Nurse Jackie" earlier this year, she looked not only surprised, but also surprisingly irritated. Holding the statue at arms length, she said "Oh, this is just the most ridiculous thing that has ever, ever happened in the history of this lovely awards show. Thank you so much. I'm not funny. " Now, many awards winners make obligatory murmurs of self-deprecation, but Falco didn't sound humble so much as exasperated, as if the television academy had missed the point of her Jackie Peyton.
January 27, 2010 |
If you're feeling disenfranchised by politicians and institutions, you're scarcely alone. An increasing number of TV characters, infuriated by what they perceive as a malignant neglect among the power elite, are fighting back -- and usually by bending or ignoring the rules. From TNT series "Leverage's" cheeky, high-tech con artists working on behalf of victims of wealthy wrongdoers to AMC's "Breaking Bad's" Walt White (Emmy winner Bryan Cranston), who exhibits some of pop-culture's most transgressive behavior, TV characters are tapping into the zeitgeist's exasperation over a broken structure apparently tilted against the little guy. "Deep down, everyone wants to let it rip a little -- people are fed up," says Linda Wallem, co-creator of Showtime's "Nurse Jackie," starring Edie Falco as a pill-popping ER nurse who tricks insurance companies into allowing treatment for patients they otherwise would have denied coverage.
June 29, 2009 |
The premise Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco) is an ER nurse at All Saints, a Catholic hospital in New York. Jackie is addicted to the painkiller Percocet (a blend of acetaminophen and the narcotic oxycodone), which she mixes with sweetener and takes throughout the day, often in coffee. On one occasion, the coffee is accidentally drunk by a co-worker, who gets very sick. On another, Jackie gives the spiked sweetener to a man who develops chest pain and collapses outside the hospital.
August 30, 2010 |
There was a spring in the step of the 62nd Emmys that's been missing from awards shows so generally and for so long that some of us had begun to believe it had been permanently unsprung. Ambitious, energetically hilarious, and, most important, almost seamlessly constructed, this year's telecast actually did what the Emmys are supposed to do — celebrate television. Of course there was quite a bit to celebrate Sunday at the Nokia Theatre, what with the resurrection of network comedy and the return of the 10 p.m. drama, and this year's host, Jimmy Fallon, took full and marvelous advantage of it. He played to his own strengths as well—the art of the wide-eyed amiable jab, some wicked guitar-accompanied transitions and a surprisingly good Green Day. Opening big, bright and funny, Fallon and the "Glee" kids corralled various nominees, including Tina Fey and Jon Hamm, into a live on-stage rendition of "Born to Run. " It's hard to go wrong with Springsteen, or "Glee" for that matter, but by using current touchstones as diverse as Kate Gosselin and Betty White, the number brought a palpable energy to the room, and the screen.
September 23, 2013 |
Edie Falco managed to keep her tough-lady look in a long, electric-blue gown at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. The actress was soaking up enjoyment from the fact that she is lucky enough to have starred in (and won Emmys for) two popular TV series: the groundbreaking "Sopranos," and now as Jackie Peyton on Showtime's critically acclaimed sleeper "Nurse Jackie. " "I feel very lucky to be in an industry that's experiencing such a renaissance," she said. Emmys 2013: Full coverage: Top nominees | Red carpet | Play-at-home ballot | Timeline | Snubs and surprises | Emmys presenters | Emmys Live blog Part of that renaissance is thanks to the incredibly rich characters that are being written these days, many of whom are antiheroes.
June 16, 2010 |
Although Tony Soprano can take most of the credit for easing shady characters into TV viewers' living rooms — and hearts — week after week, the prime-time antihero has become more prevalent and arguably more complicated since "The Sopranos" left the air in 2007. Judging from the serial killer with a demented code of ethics in "Dexter," the meth-making suburban teacher in "Breaking Bad," the duplicitous professionals in "Nurse Jackie," "Damages" and "Mad Men," devious methods and questionable motives are the new prime-time heroes.
June 9, 2010 |
GOLD DERBY / Tom O'Neil Tel. (646) 408-3744 Last year the Emmys looked like a TV rerun with so many returning winners, including best comedy series "30 Rock," best drama series "Mad Men," plus acting champs Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Glenn Close ("Damages"), Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") and others. Now lots of feisty newcomers, like "Modern Family" and "Glee," threaten to topple their reign. COMEDY SERIES Front-runners "The Big Bang Theory," CBS "Curb Your Enthusiasm," HBO "Entourage," HBO "Family Guy," Fox "Glee," Fox "How I Met Your Mother," CBS "Modern Family," ABC "The Office," NBC "30 Rock," NBC "Two and a Half Men," CBS "Weeds," Showtime Spotlight: Is "30 Rock" a rolling stone that can't be stopped?