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Longtime Showrunners Leaving ‘Nurse Jackie’

Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius
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Nurse Jackie‘ co-creators and showrunners, Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius are leaving All Saints behind after four seasons on the Edie Falco Showtime dramedy. Though fans of the hit series, which follows pill-popping New York City nurse, Jackie Peyton shouldn’t worry that the show will be ending anytime soon.

According to Deadline, which broke the news of the duo’s departure, ‘Nurse Jackie’s’ fourth season premiere was up seven percent from last year, making a renewal likely for the Sunday night staple.

However, both the L.A. based Brixius and Wallem feel ready to move on after four seasons helming the East Coast set show.

Wallem, who is in a relationship with singer/songwriter, Melissa Etheridge, is hoping the move will allow her to spend more time with her family.

“This has been the best job of my life, but the travel, having to spend six months (in LA) and six months (in NY) and be away from home, took a toll on me. I have four stepkids, and I would miss all of the family stuff,” the showrunner told Deadline.

Brixus also had nothing but good things to say about her time in New York on the Showtime series.

“‘Nurse Jackie’ has been the ride of a lifetime, and for that I am especially grateful to Showtime, Lionsgate and the incomparable Edie Falco for bringing these stories to life. After four years, I have decided to come home to LA — even though my heart is at All Saints.”

Though a new showrunner has yet to be named, according to Deadline the network already has someone in mind to join executive producers, Edie Falco and Richie Jackson. And with ratings up and this season’s storyline marking a pivotal point in the series, now is probably the best time to make any major behind-the-scenes adjustments, as Wallem pointed out.

For more ‘Nurse Jackie,’ check out our review of the latest episode, “Disneyland Sucks.”

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