‘Nurse Jackie’ Brings Edie Falco Back to Television
Edie Falco, a three-time Emmy winner, is finally getting the opportunity star in her own new series ‘Nurse Jackie’. The new show is a Showtime dark medical comedy that is written by Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius, both executive producers.
However, even though the show is set in the ER of the All Saints Hospital, ‘Nurse Jackie’ is more than just included in a medical genre of shows, as it is a fascinating character study focused on Jackie Peyton. The character is a cynical and weary woman struggling to juggle her life at home with the harsh circumstances of her hob and the shameful secrets she holds.
Jackie Peyton is addicted to medicine for a bad back, and she powers through Percocet tablets as if they are candy. She is a wife who has two children, but she takes off her wedding ring at work, where she is having an affair with a pharmacist that serves as her ‘drug-dealer’. The character can also be very hard to work with, because she chews out hotshot doctors on a regular basis and exhibits nearly no patience for new nursing students.
Although the show is supported with a great cast, writing and camera work, much of the credit should go to Edie Falco, who has proven to be one of her time’s most standout actresses. She plays the cranky and brash character of Jackie Peyton with emotional honesty and passionate precision. This has made her come across as satisfyingly real, and other television actresses need to watch out, as Falco looks ready to win another Emmy to add to her collection of three.