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Edie Falco series close at Showtime

17 July 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Showtime is close to giving a series pickup to its dark comedy starring Edie Falco.

The premium cable network is expected to make the announcement as soon as Friday at its presentation to the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton.

The network put the untitled single-camera comedy, co-produced by Showtime and Lionsgate TV, on the fast track in February when it picked it up to pilot. The project stars Falco as a strong-willed, iconoclastic New York nurse juggling the frenzied grind of an urban hospital and an equally challenging personal life. Peter Facinelli, Paul Schulze, Merritt Wever, Eve Best, Haaz Sleiman and Anna Deavere Smith co-starred in the pilot, written by Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem and Evan Dunsky.

Wallem and Brixius serve as executive producers/showrunners. Caryn Mandabach also executive produces.

Word of the impending green light comes on the heels of Showtime's series pickup of the Diablo Cody-penned comedy "The United States of Tara," from DreamWorks TV and Steven Spielberg. Also in contention for a series pickup at Showtime is the Tim Robbins-penned drama "Possible Side Effects."

Showtime is on roll of late, having nabbed 21 Emmy noms Thursday -- its most in a single year. »

- By Nellie Andreeva and Kimberly Nordyke

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Showtime orders pilot starring Falco

22 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Showtime is fast-tracking a dark comedy project starring Edie Falco.

The premium cable network has ordered a pilot for the untitled single-camera comedy that will star the Sopranos alumna as a strong-willed, iconoclastic New York nurse juggling the frenzied grind of an urban hospital and an equally challenging personal life.

The pilot, co-produced by Showtime and Lionsgate TV, will go into preproduction immediately and will be shot in New York.

"To be bringing Edie Falco to Showtime is both a privilege and an honor," Showtime entertainment president Robert Greenblatt said. "Bada bing is all I can think of to say."

The pilot was written by Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem and Evan Dunsky. Wallem and Brixius will serve as executive producers/showrunners. Caryn Mandabach also is an exec producer.

The Falco project is one of three pilots that Showtime is prepping, along with the Tim Robbins-penned pharmaceutical drama Possible Side Effects and the Diablo Cody-written half-hour The United States of Tara.

Falco recently appeared on a three-episode arc of NBC's 30 Rock. She is repped by ICM and Jackson Group Entertainment. »

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