Nurse Jackie was created by Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem and Evan Dunsky with Brixius and Wallem serving as showrunners for the series and sharing executive producer duties with Caryn Mandabach and John Melfi. Showtime ordered an initial 12 episodes. Before the series premiered Brixius told the New York Daily News that “Guys’ stories tend to be about conquests — getting the job, winning the Olympics, whatever.
Women stories aren’t as immediately climactic so they need to play out over the course of three months … And every medical show out there has been about doctors. Doctors are absolutely unable to do what they have to do without nurses. We want to tell those stories.”
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