Former Dexter showrunner Clyde Phillips is taking the helm at Showtime’s Nurse Jackie.
With a new showrunner firmly in place, the dramedy starring Edie Falco has been renewed for a fifth season. The Emmy-nominated Phillips replaced co-creators Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius, who exited the New York-based series this year. Production on the season 5 will begin in late 2012.
“Clyde brings a unique combination of skills in both comedy and drama, and he is a master at making entertaining and compelling television,” Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins said of the show’s new hire, who joins Falco, Richie Jackson and Caryn Mandabach as an EP.
The news comes as Jackie’s fourth season nears its end. The season premiere garnered more than 1.1 million viewers, up 30 percent from a year earlier. Thus far this season, the series has been averaging 2.8 million total weekly viewers when you factor in on-demand, Live+7 and replays.
Phillips, who also is a best-selling mystery novelist with a fourth book titled Unthinkable to be published in January by Amazon, is repped by CAA.