As someone accustomed to watching Edie Falco's dramatic turn as Carmella Soprano, I thoroughly enjoyed her hilarious stint as Jack Donaghy's liberal love interest on 30 Rock last year. So I'm welcoming the news that Falco is going to combine the dark and the funny in a new series for Showtime.
Falco will star in an as-yet-unnamed half-hour comedy — and though it's just a pilot at this stage, the positive comments from Showtime's entertainment president (which include the line "Bada bing is all I can think of to say!") make it sound like almost a sure bet to become a series. Falco will play a strong-willed New York City nurse who takes on the broken healthcare system while also navigating an unpredictable and frustrating personal life. In a statement from Showtime, Falco called the character and the writing "truly thrilling" — a good sign for someone who could probably do anything she wanted post-Sopranos.
Showtime certainly is making a name for itself recruiting high-profile actresses these days, huh? First Mary-Louise Parker in Weeds, then Toni Colette for the Diablo Cody/Steven Spielberg project The United States of Tara, and now Falco. I love it! What other fantastic, currently underemployed actresses should they recruit? How about Frances McDormand?