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Nurse Jackie series finale recap: An exquisite end

Nurse Jackie series finae, season 7, episode 12

Nurse Jackie series finale recap Season 7, Episode 12 “Say A Little Prayer” (original airdate June 28, 2015, Showtime) Series creator Clyde Phillips delivered on his promise in the Nurse Jackie series finale, providing an “authentic” end to the show’s seven-season run. True to real life, addiction can be a losing battle and Jackie Peyton reminded us of that continuously — losing absolutely everything she loved along the way. As much as we so wanted to trust her this past season — after working so hard to get her family and her job back — we expected her to disappoint, … Continue reading

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Nurse Jackie series finale: We talk to Mackie Aladjem on saying goodbye

Nurse Jackie's Mackie Aladjem

Saying goodbye to a series you grew up on, literally, isn’t easy. For Mackenzie Aladjem, who has played Fiona Peyton since she was 8, it was more than just the Nurse Jackie series finale that brought out the emotions, it was watching her house get ripped down and saying goodbye to her TV mom (Edie Falco), her TV sister Grace (Ruby Jerins) and the rest of the cast. The series finale is June 28 at 9pmET on Showtime. “Before the last day, I actually watched them tear down my house and start taking apart the picture frames and everything,” Mackie … Continue reading

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Nurse Jackie recap episode 11 – Flying high never looked so promising

Nurse Jackie recap episode 11 - Flying high never looked so promising

Nurse Jackie recap Season 7, Episode 11 “Vigilante Jones” (original airdate June 21, 2015) Jackie’s back in blues and ready to return to All Saints. As she strolls along to work with her beau Eddie (Paul Shulze) suggests he stops in and gets some doctor signatures to help pad his sample report. Come on Eddie, seriously? Give your gal a fresh start, it’s her first day back. Thankfully, Jackie takes a pass thinking the same and requests that they stop today and not “bring the mess” back into All Saints. Jackie’s literally rocking the rounds, as if she’s never been … Continue reading

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Jazmyn Simon talks best job ever (HBO), being starstruck, cool cars & more

Jazmyn Simon of HBO's Ballers

Life on the set of HBO’s new dramedy Ballers (Sundays at 10pm) for Jazmyn Simon was pretty amazing.  Luxurious mansions, amazing cars and Dwayne Johnson — not bad for the new girl. “It was amazing. It didn’t suck at all,” Simon laughs. “The cars alone — there’s one episode you’ll see, I think it’s episode 6, there is just a driveway full of the nicest cars you could ever imagine. They all belong to like two people. It’s like this is ridiculous, but you know, art imitates life, because that’s really how it is. We had writers in the writing … Continue reading

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Jazmyn Simon shares the female side to HBO’s new “Ballers”

Ballers star Jazymn Simon

Jazmyn Simon’s got herself a good gig. She’s currently the only female series regular in HBO’s new dramedy Ballers, which makes its debut on Sunday, June 21 at 10pm ET. Like Entourage was to the movie industry, Ballers is to the male-dominated world of football — both, though, lightheartedly depicting the whirlwind lifestyle and real-life problems of their respective industry and both hailing Steven Levinson and Mark Wahlberg as EPs. “If you just like good TV, you’ll love it. Football, I would say, is 45 percent of it, 55 percent of our show, is life,” Simon tells. “It’s people, it’s … Continue reading

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Nurse Jackie recap episode 10 — she didn’t just do that!?!

Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in Nurse Jackie Season 7, Episode 10

Nurse Jackie recap Season 7, Episode 10 “Jackie and the Wolfe” (original airdate June 14, 2015) Oh gawd, we’re so close to a possible happy ending and episode 10 of Nurse Jackie has Jackie fearing she’s going to test positive on her next drug test. But hang on — it’s not what you’re thinking (at least in the beginning). The episode starts with an angelic looking Jackie (Edie Falco) hanging at Eddie’s (Paul Schulze) place, where she’s teasing him over his hand-written wedding vows that she stumbled upon when a knock at the door brings an unexpected guest. It’s an … Continue reading

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Jill Kargman’s Odd Mom Out is raw summer fun

Jill Kargman's Odd Mom Out

Jill Kargman talks a witty mile a minute, all unfiltered. The Upper East Side New Yorker is the author of Momzillas (now in 14 languages) and a slew of other fun reads. She’s mastered the art of satire when it comes to the uber-wealthy, exploiting their over-the-top, competitive parenting (while still maintaining friendships with them — as she is the daughter of former Chanel chairman Arie Kopelman). It was a given to extend her brazen candor into television in Bravo’s new scripted series Odd Mom Out, which begins Monday, June 8 at 10pm ET. Kargman serves as executive producer, writer … Continue reading

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Nurse Jackie recap episode 9 – Zoey and Jackie take a road trip

Nurse Jackie recap episode 9 - Zoey and Jackie take a road trip

Nurse Jackie recap Season 7, Episode 9 “Serviam in Caritate” (original airdate June 7, 2015) Jackie and Zoey take an emergency road trip in search of Grace. Prince is the rockstar of the community at All Saints and Eddie comes to Akalitus’ aide. Episode 9 of Nurse Jackie was a bit of a wild ride. The episode starts with Dr. Prince and Jackie. “You could stick that fucker in my eyeball if it would buy me another six months,” Dr. Prince (Tony Shalhoub) tells Jackie (Edie Falco) as she inserts him with a needle of his experimental treatment. Prince has … Continue reading

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We talk with the boss! Mary McDonnell gives Major Crimes season 4 preview

Mary McDonnell gives us a Major Crimes season 4 preview

Come on, major crimes division — how could you have let Phillip Stroh get away on that deal? We last saw the sadistic killer escaping via Uber. Season 4 of Major Crimes is themed around courage and we will see more shakeups in relationships, more Flynn and Sharon, and, yes, more Phillip Stroh (Billy Burke). We talked with Capt. Sharon Raydor — Mary McDonnell — on what to expect this season as Major Crimes returns Monday, June 8 at 9pm ET/PT. Obviously Phillip is still around, so what can you share on that? There is a Phillip Stroh element to … Continue reading

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Matthew Modine on TNT’s “Proof” and life after death

Matthew Modine on TNT's "Proof" and life after death

What if you had all the money in the world and all you wished for was one question to be answered? Cancer-stricken billionaire Ivan Turing has a short time left on Earth and needs to know if death truly is the end, so he sets out to hire his own researchers. That’s the premise behind TNT’s new thought-provoking drama Proof, starring Matthew Modine and Jennifer Beals. “He, like Steve Jobs, began his business working out of his garage, tinkering, building things that the world has never seen or imagined before, and he’s parlayed that into an incredibly successful industry,” says … Continue reading

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