FX nips "Tuck" after one more season

Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:09am EDT
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By Kimberly Nordyke and James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Nip/Tuck" will come to an end after the plastic surgery drama's sixth season wraps in early 2011, cable channel FX said Tuesday.

The network said serialized dramas, such as "Nip/Tuck," have a much different storytelling model than nonserialized shows such as "Law & Order" or "CSI."

"If you tried to do 150 episodes of 'The Sopranos,' you would begin to diminish the quality of those shows," FX president/GM John Landgraf said during the network's presentation at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills.

"The David Chases ('Sopranos') and Shawn Ryans ('The Shield'), they're taking on social commentary and grand sweeping questions. If we want to go after that brass ring, we have to accept they have limited shelf life."

FX has ordered 19 additional episodes beyond the current 22-episode season that will mark final season. The show will end its run with a total of 100 episodes in early 2011, with creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy signed on through the last episode.

"Nip/Tuck" has already aired 14 episodes of its current fifth season; the remaining eight are set to premiere in January.

Additionally, FX said it ordered 13 episodes of a new scripted series, "Testees," to debut October 9 following "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." "Testees" centers on two friends in their early 30s who earn a living as medical guinea pigs.

In casting news, FX said Michael J. Fox has signed on for an arc in "Rescue Me," starting with the fifth-season premiere in the spring. He will play the wheelchair-bound boyfriend of Janet Gavin (Andrea Roth), Tommy's (Denis Leary) estranged wife.   Continued...

<p>Cast members Julian McMahon (L) and Dylan Walsh attend the season five premiere screening of the FX series "nip/tuck" held at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood October 20, 2007. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>