July 18, 2008 / 5:34 AM / in 10 years

Edie Falco comedy series close at Showtime

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Showtime is close to giving a series pickup to an untitled dark comedy starring Edie Falco.

Actress Edie Falco arrives to attend the Short Film Program and opening of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York April 25, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The “Sopranos” veteran plays a strong-willed, iconoclastic New York nurse juggling the frenzied grind of an urban hospital and an equally challenging personal life. On Thursday, Falco received an Emmy nomination for her guest role as a liberal lawmaker on NBC’s “30 Rock.”

Showtime put the project on the fast track in February when it picked it up to pilot.

Word of the impending green light comes on the heels of the premium cable network’s series pickup of “Juno” scribe Diablo Cody’s mental-health comedy “The United States of Tara.” Also in contention for a series pickup at Showtime is the Tim Robbins-penned drama “Possible Side Effects.”

Showtime, home of “Dexter” and “Weeds,” is on roll of late, having nabbed 21 Emmy nominations Thursday — its most in a single year.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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