TV on DVD: 'Nurse Jackie' star Merritt Wever previews Season 5
Things finally caught up with "Nurse Jackie" in the show's fourth season -- newly released on DVD and Blu-ray (Lionsgate) -- as the drug-addicted nurse played by Emmy winner Edie Falco fought hard to kick her drug habit, but had to fight just as hard to keep her daughters when bitter, estranged husband Kevin became fully aware of her drugging and philandering ways.
And then there was a new hospital administrator to battle, the ambitious Dr. Cruz (Bobby Cannavale), who made sweeping changes, brought more complications than a recovering Jackie needed, and whose son, Charlie (Bobby Cannavale's son, Jake), also added drama that ultimately took the dark comedy to a tragic place to end Season 4.
The season, which hits DVD and Blu-ray with cast and crew commentaries, a featurette on the Cannavales as the Cruzes, a gag reel, and a featurette on the cast's favorite on-set moments working with Falco, also found Zoey becoming Jackie's new roomie (and embracing her new position as a pseudo second mom to the girls as only Zoey could) and taking her romance with Lenny up a notch, while Coop (Peter Facinelli) pitched himself as a father figure for Dr. O'Hara's (Eve Best) unborn baby.
The cast talks about filming in NYC:
With the show's fifth season still a few weeks away, Zoey's portrayer, the Emmy-nominated Merritt Wever, talked to Yahoo! TV about Season 4's finale, where the characters find themselves when the show picks up a couple of months later in Season 5, and which other cable drama she'd like to visit someday.
Have you already filmed all of Season 5?
Yes. We finished December 21st. So yeah, now we just wait for it to air and see if we come back in the fall.
That ending for Season 4 was emotional, with the tragedy for Dr. Cruz, but then, happily, the birth of Dr. O'Hara's baby. Where do we pick up with Season 5?
I know what you mean about the end of Season 4; it was a bit of a blockbuster. But we open in Season 5 a couple of months [after the end of Season 4]. And Jackie's working at the hospital again. As is Akalitus [Anna Deavere Smith].
Oh, that's great news!
I know. I know … that was so sad at the end of Season 4, when she and Eddie [Paul Schulze] get fired. That was … they were really good scenes, but they were really upsetting. So the two of them are back on the, well, Akalitus is back in her old position. And I believe that Eddie is about to be reinstated, rehired. So the gang is together again.
There are major departures of, or there is a departure [by] a beloved character, and we also have some people coming back who I guess you thought were gone. But it's definitely a different kind of season, I think.
What's the temperature of Season 5? Is it happier, is it less stressed than last season?
Well, I think … this is my first interview for Season 5, and I've never done them before without watching the new season right before. So I haven't seen any of [Season 5] yet. I know it's very unhelpful for an interview. But I know it felt different shooting it, and I hear that it looks different, maybe. But I think, yeah, it is different. A lot of new things are happening with Jackie, and we also have three new characters, to kind of add a little bit of new blood.
And what is happening with Dr. Cruz?