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Will Rehab Work For “Nurse Jackie?” EP Linda Wallem Dishes Season 4

by Jim on April 6, 2012 · 0 comments

Season 4 kicks off Sunday! It's a must-see new season of NURSE JACKIE!

@SHO_Jackie  As any series ventures into its fourth season, changes inevitably are made in either cast or storyline to keep the show feeling fresh and Showtime’s dramedy “Nurse Jackie” is no different. Always fearless in taking the show places we didn’t expect, Executive Producers Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius kick off season four this Sunday by having Nurse Jackie Peyton (Emmy winner Edie Falco) go where the series has never gone before – rehab.

Jackie trying her best to sober up at a time when her life is falling apart is not the only thing new about the coming episodes as I found out when I chatted with Wallem last week. Besides a new cast member, Bobby Cannavale, who is brought in to shake things up at All Saints’ Hospital, mainstays like Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith), O’Hara (Eve Best), Zoey (Merritt Wever) and Cooper (Peter Facinelli) are also going through various comedic and dramatic changes in their respective lives which leaves “Nurse Jackie” feeling anything but down and out.

Jim Halterman: A general question to start, since the show is partly a workplace comedy, is that something that you and Liz were fans of when you created it or was it more organic than that?

Linda Wallem: I think it’s more organic. I’d love to be high-falluting but you know what? It just sort of happened and so much of it is the chemistry of our actors that we have. This show really taught me; boy, if you cast it right it’s like a Super Bowl team. Everything just sort of naturally happened and somebody like the genius of Merritt Wever when she’s sitting at her desk in the nurses’ station, she creates a whole world by herself. Zoey’s world about what pen she’s using and how she sits and how she reacts to everybody. It’s really within that little nurses’ station and it’s been wonderful to watch [the actors] just doing what naturally comes and all of that, which is just so funny when people spend more time with people you work with than you do with your own family. But, no, they just kind of did it and then we could write towards that sometimes.

JH:  Did you and Liz ever think that if you didn’t take this step to rehab with Jackie that she would become unlikable because she wasn’t even trying at this point?

LW: No, I just think it all came together, that it felt right. Showtime was way behind it. It just felt like this is a good turn to take in the periods right now, fourth year, because, again, hats off to Edie and that potency that she plays as …CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

[Nurse Jackie airs Sundays at 9pm et/pt on Showtime]

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