'Nurse Jackie' renewed for Season 7, Peter Facinelli no longer series regular

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nurse-jackie-renewed-season-7-showtime.jpg "Nurse Jackie" Season 6 hasn't even premiered yet, and already Showtime has announced that it's renewed for a Season 7. The season will begin filming in New York later in 2014.

In Season 6, Jackie (Edie Falco) will cope with her addiction while also dealing with her relationships with Frank, her ex Kevin and her daughter Grace. As the synopsis for the season reads, "Something's gotta give."

Meanwhile, Peter Facinelli will not be returning to "Nurse Jackie" as a series regular. "In the twilight of season six, Peter asked to be released from his contract to pursue new creative challenges. Nothing will eclipse the incredible contribution he made to the success of 'Nurse Jackie' since the dawn of the show," showrunner Clyde Phillips tells E! Online in a statement, emphasizing the actor's role in the "Twilight" movie series. Facinelli will still appear in some capacity in Season 7.

"Nurse Jackie" is one of the few longtime series on Showtime left standing. The network said goodbye to "Dexter" in 2013, and the final season of "Californication" begins airing on April 13. One that's off the air, "Nurse Jackie" will be the oldest scripted series still on Showtime, so there's little wonder that it's being kept around for another year.

Season 6 premieres Sunday, April 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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