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Nurse Jackie

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Here's the news, "Nurse Jackie" isn't funny, it has funny moments, but it's a drama, take note TV Academy. [Photo courtesy Showtime]

If you have been watching Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" this season you will know that the show has gone to a very dark place and any humor that occurs is meant to highlight the drama. That's because "Nurse Jackie" is, and has always been, a 1/2 hour drama despite the TV Academy's insistence on nominating and awarding Edie Falco with Emmys for "Best Actress in a Comedy," something that should not happen this year if the Academy wishes to preserve what little credibiity it may have left. Delving deep into a battle with addiction and the collapse of her family, moments of levity are few and far between. On the flip side, Louis C.K. won resoundingly this weekend at the 2nd annual Comedy Awards in New York City (look for our report on the event here tomorrow) and we had better see similar honors bestowed upon FX's "Louie" this Fall, an innovative comedy show that delves into drama.

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Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" returns this Sunday

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Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" returns this Sunday.

Keith Olbermann has been fired again, this time from Current TV, where he never really seemed to settle in, so it should not have been a surprise to anybody. The question I have for you is, should I transcribe an interview I made with former Vice President Al Gore, show host Cenk Uyger, and former governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm? The interview will not shed any light on the Olbermann situation so I'm concerned that it will appear as a fluff piece on the network. Let me know here in the Comments.

TV highlights of the week include a new NBC's premiere of "Best Friends Forever," a new "SNL," and the season premieres of "Nurse Jackie," "The Big C," and "The Borgias." Lots of great late night guests this week even though "Chelsea Lately" is on hiatus. Look for details in DVR This! below.

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