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‘Dexter’ Showrunner Joins ‘Nurse Jackie’ as Showtime Renews It for 5th Season

Clyde Phillips presided over fourth season of "Dexter," widely considered its best

Showtime has ordered a fifth season of "Nurse Jackie" with former "Dexter" showrunner Clyde Phillips taking over as its showrunner.

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Phillips worked on the first four seasons of "Dexter." "Nurse Jackie" stars Emmy winner Edie Falco as a brilliant but flawed emergency room nurse.

Phillips will join Richie Jackson and Caryn Mandabach as executive producers on "Nurse Jackie." The fifth season of the show, a co-production of Showtime and Lionsgate, will begin production late this year. 

“Clyde brings a unique combination of skills in both comedy and drama, and he is a master at making entertaining and compelling television,” said Showtime entertainment president David Nevins. “We are so thrilled with the series’ performance this year, and we know that with the incomparable Edie Falco in front of the camera, the fifth season of 'Nurse Jackie' will be even better.”

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Currently in its fourth season, the series also stars Eve Best, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze, Dominic Fumusa, Anna Deavere Smith and Peter Facinelli. Arjun Gupta and Stephen Wallem are guest stars, and Lenny Jacobson co-stars.

The show's season four premiere earned 1.1 million viewers for the night, up 30 percent over its prior season’s premiere night.

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