After only one episode of the second seasons of “Nurse Jackie” and “United States of Tara,” ShowTime has picked up both shows for third seasons.
The network announced the pick ups today, just three days after “Jackie” and “Tara” had their season premieres.
The two shows got off to a good start on Monday. “Nurse Jackie” drew 1.1 million viewers in its 10 p.m. debut and added 400,000 more with an encore later in the night, that was a 13% increase over its premiere last year.
“Tara” brought in 816,000 viewers for its 10:30 p.m. showing and a cumulative 1.2 million including its encore showing.
“ShowTime is enormously proud of these two series starring two of the best actresses working today,” ShowTime Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt says. “Both are iconic shows for our brand and our thanks to the dedicated producers, cast, and crews who work so hard to make them so great. … Strong women will continue to rule on this network for a long time to come.”
Each show will produce 12 episodes for season three, and both will be back in production later this year for a likely 2011 premiere.
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