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Nurse Jackie Showrunners Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius Stepping Down

Nurse Jackie Showrunners Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius Stepping Down

Nurse Jackie showrunners, creators and executive producers Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius are stepping down from Showtime’s darkly funny Edie Falco starrer about a prescription-drug addicted New York nurse after four seasons,

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After four seasons Nurse Jackie showrunners, creators and executive producers Linda Wallem (pictured left) and Liz Brixius (right) are stepping down from Showtime’s darkly funny Edie Falco starrer about a prescription-drug addicted New York nurse, according to Deadline.

Wallem and Brixius -- out lesbians who were once a couple--cite traveling between their homes in Los Angeles to New York, where the show is shot, as part of the reasoning behind moving on from the critically-acclaimed show, reports Deadline.

A TV veteran Wallem was a writer on Cybill, executive producer on That ‘70s Show and a co-executive producer on Lisa Kudrow’s short-lived critical darling The Comeback. These days Wallem is also busy being Melissa Etheridge’s partner, and therefore a mom to four step-kids. She tells Deadline she’d like to spend more time with the kids.

“This has been the best job of my life, but the travel, having to spend six months (in LA) and six months (in NY) and be away from home, took a toll on me,” Wallem says.  “I have four stepkids, and I would miss all of the family stuff.”

A Third of the way into its fourth season Nurse Jackie’s ratings are holding high, which means their could be a 5th season. Showtime is looking to bring on a new showrunner to work with star and executive producer Falco, reports Deadline.

With Nurse Jackie’s fourth season wrapped Wallem is looking for TV jobs closer to home while “doing carpooling and making lunches” for her stepkids, she tells Deadline.

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.