Nurse Jackie Renewed for Season 7 at Showtime; Peter Facinelli Poised to Exit Series

Episode 504Showtime has extended Nurse Jackie‘s shift.

The pay cabler has renewed the Edie Falco dramedy for a seventh season — two weeks before the show’s Season 6 premiere (April 13 at 9/8c).

Production on Season 7 is slated to begin later this year in New York, but one castmember will not be returning: TVLine has confirmed that Peter Facinelli has exited the series. “Peter asked to be released from his contract to pursue new creative challenges,” showrunner Clyde Phillips tells E! “Nothing will eclipse the incredible contribution he made to the success of Nurse Jackie since the dawn of the show.”

TVLine’s Cable Renewal Scorecard has been updated with the news.