Don’t worry, patients – it looks like Jackie Peyton won’t be leaving the hospital anytime soon. Showtime announced Monday it has ordered a seventh season of Edie Falco’s dark comedy series Nurse Jackie, which will begin shooting in New York later this year.
But, star Peter Facinelli will not be returning as a series regular, EW confirmed. Executive producers Clyde Phillips and Richie Jackson, referencing Facinelli’s Twilight roles, said: “In the Twilight of season 6, Peter asked to be released from his contract to pursue new creative challenges. Nothing will Eclipse the incredible contribution he made to the success of Nurse Jackie since the Dawn of the show.”
The sixth season premieres Sunday, April 13 at 9 p.m. and according to Showtime, “Jackie is again battling with her addiction demons and 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 who she can’t seem to shake (guest star Julie White).”
In its fifth season, Nurse Jackie averaged 3.13 million weekly viewers across platforms, a 14 percent rise over the year. The show also stars Emmy Award winner Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze, Anna Deavere Smith, Stephen Wallem, Betty Gilpin, and Mackenzie Aladjem.