Nurse Jackie's shift begins Monday, June 8 on The Movie Network and Movie Central

    -   Edie Falco returns to television in the new Showtime series Nurse
    -   Free online preview of premiere episode begins Monday, May 25
    -   On-demand sneak peek begins Tuesday, May 26
    -   Premieres Monday, June 8 at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT day-and-date with
        Showtime in the U.S.

    TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - As a sharp-witted New York City nurse who uses a
white lie here and a bent rule there as a means of survival, multiple Emmy(R)
and Golden Globe(R)-winner Edie Falco makes her long anticipated return to
television in the new Showtime series Nurse Jackie. Premiering exclusively in
Canada on Astral Media's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus
Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) on Monday, June 8 at 10 p.m. ET
/ 9 p.m. PT, viewers will have an opportunity to watch an online and on-demand
preview of the first episode two weeks prior to the broadcast premiere.
    In this 12-episode, half-hour dark comedy, Falco stars as the series'
title character, Jackie Peyton, a flawed, sharp-tongued ER nurse who does
whatever it takes - good or bad - to get through the daily chaotic grind of
working and saving lives at the hectic All Saints Hospital. A lapsed Catholic
with a weakness for prescription medication to help deal with her chronic back
pain, Jackie keeps the hospital balanced with her unique bedside manner and
own brand of medical justice.
    Nurse Jackie also stars: Peter Facinelli as "Dr. Fitch Cooper", a
confident and cocky doctor who clashes with Jackie on a regular basis; Eve
Best as "Dr. Eleanor O'Hara", Jackie's best and most unlikely friend at work;
Merritt Wever as "Zoey Barkow", the hospital's newest nursing intern; Haaz
Sleiman as "Mohammed 'Mo Mo' de la Cruz", a close friend and colleague; and
Paul Schulze as "Eddie Walzer", the hospital pharmacist who shares a very
close and potentially dangerous relationship with Jackie.
    The series is written by Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem and Evan Dunsky with
Wallem and Brixius also serving as executive producers and showrunners. John
Melfi and Caryn Mandabach are executive producers and Richie Jackson is
co-executive producer. The series is directed by Steve Buscemi, Craig Zisk,
Scott Ellis and Paul Feig.

    Viewers can catch a sneak peek of the first episode of Nurse Jackie via
the following platforms:
    -   Online: Free online preview at and from Monday, May 25 to Monday, June 8
    -   On-demand: The Movie Network OnDemand and Movie Central On Demand
        available for subscribers with on-demand access beginning Tuesday,
        May 26

    Nurse Jackie will be simulcast on The Movie Network and Movie Central's
High Definition channels and all subsequent episodes will also be available on
The Movie Network OnDemand and Movie Central On Demand following their network

    The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern
Canada. With premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO
content, critically-acclaimed Showtime series and first-rate Canadian
programming, this pay-television service presents Canadians with some of the
best television entertainment available. The Movie Network service includes
five 24-hour multiplex channels - M, HBO Canada, MExcess, MFun! and MFest -
which deliver diverse and entertaining programs in an uncut and
commercial-free television environment. The Movie Network also offers The
Movie Network HD and HBO Canada HD, two dedicated high-definition channels
providing hundreds of titles in HD; and The Movie Network OnDemand, a
Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in select areas across
eastern Canada. For more information, please visit
    The Movie Network is an Astral Media Television Network. Astral Media is
a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay television,
radio, outdoor advertising and iMedia. Astral Media's solid and dynamic
presence in the country's major markets rests on its commitment to offer a
unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for all its audiences.

    Movie Central is a 24-hour-a-day, commercial-free premium pay-TV service
available to Western Canadians. Exclusive multi-year output agreements with
major Hollywood studios ensure that Movie Central is the preferred destination
for box office titles. In addition to being the first window, Canadian home to
HBO content and Showtime, through its investments, pre-buys and licence fees
for Canadian feature films and original series, Movie Central is recognized as
a major force in the Canadian independent film and television production
industry. The launch of Movie Central On Demand and Movie Central High
Definition demonstrates that Movie Central remains committed to being first
with innovations that enhance the viewing experience. Visit the Movie Central
website at
    Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based
media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty
television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and
digital audio services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing
and children's animation. The company's multimedia entertainment brands
include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Movie Central, HBO Canada,
Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107.
Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences
across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the
Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at
    For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit or

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: The Movie Network (eastern
Canada), Nicolle Balen, (416) 956-8638,; Movie Central
(western Canada), Owen McCorquodale, (416) 530-2249,

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