July 16, 2008

FX to Nip ‘Nip/Tuck’ After 2011 Season

By Molly Willow, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

Jul. 16--LOS ANGELES -- Following the long-scheduled end of its first original drama, The Shield, after the seventh season beginning Sept. 2, FX will also prepare for the end of its Golden Globe-winning Nip/Tuck.

Network President John Landgraf announced yesterday that the plastic-surgery drama would end in 2011, after a fifth season set to begin early next year and a total of 100 episodes.

"We're not going to wait until the light is blinking red; we're going to plan for the orderly and dignified end of our shows," Landgraf said.

"I don't know that you'll ever see a series go on for more than 100 episodes on FX."

Landgraf also announced:

--Ted Danson's Arthur Frobisher character will return for several episodes on the second season of the legal thriller Damages, beginning in January. The executive producers stressed that the series functions heavily in flashbacks, so Danson's return might not mean Frobisher survived his season-ending gunshot.

Oscar winner William Hurt has joined the cast as a man from the past of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), reuniting the actors from The Big Chill (1983). Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood) will play a man who meets Rose Byrne's Ellen Parsons in grief counseling.

Landgraf also announced that Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden would be a series regular.

--Michael J. Fox will join Rescue Me for four episodes, beginning with the season-five premiere in the spring. Fox will play a wheelchair-using boyfriend to Janet (Andrea Roth), ex-wife of Tommy Gavin (series creator and star Denis Leary).

--Jay Karnes, who plays detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach on The Shield, will appear on the new drama Sons of Anarchy for at least six episodes, and Drea de Matteo, who will appear on the Sept. 3 premiere, will return for at least two more episodes.

--The comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will return for its fourth season Sept. 18. Another order will add 52 episodes to the 32 that have already run. They will be produced with the same stars and executive producers, to run through the next few years.

--Sunny will be joined by the network's second comedy, Testees, about two friends in their early 30s who earn their living as medical guinea pigs. The series is created by Kenny Hotz, who also created Kenny vs. Spenny for Comedy Central.

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