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TV on DVD Feb. 22: Nurse Jackie Season 2

In television on 02/21/2011 at 11:00 pm

Funny how things work out.

When Season 2 of Nurse Jackie kicked off last year on The Movie Network, I felt that the series was trying to cover too much ground. After ending Season 1 with a cliffhanger that left us wondering if she’d overdosed, Jackie (Edie Falco) returned to pretend domestic bliss, her drug use escalating as the buffer between her two worlds shredded: Jackie the acid-tongued but uber competent nurse and mother of two and Jackie the addict who had been shtupping the hospital pharmacist mostly to get easier access to drugs.

Then a funny thing happened: The shredding dragged out all season. Instead of being gripped with the heightened dramatic tension, I got tired of waiting and drifted off. I regret it, because I am a big fan of the cast, especially Jackie’s hospital colleagues  (Eve Best as Dr. O’Hara, trying against her own type to do good; Merritt Wever as nurse Zoey, sprouting some independence; the divine Anna Deavere Smith as admin Gloria Akalitus, ramrod straight and humourless except when she isn’t). I’m going to take advantage of the DVD release (released Feb. 22, 2011) to get back on board.

Nurse Jackie: Season 3 is launching March 28, 2011 on The Movie Network.

Speaking of catching up, Weeds: Season 6 is also new on DVD. Fans of the dope-dealing widow and former soccer mom Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker), her crazy family and uber creepy former neighbours will know that there are big changes afoot in Season 6. Me? I’m very late to the party. The mister and I have been putting our Netflix subscription to good use for the first two seasons and then iTunes and DVD rentals through Season 4. Now, I suppose my vacation time will go toward knocking off Seasons 5 and 6 (the latter, btw, is also airing on Showcase Sunday nights at 10. As for Season 7? I am awaiting details.

Here are some additional releases of TV new on DVD. Enjoy.

Midsomer Murders: Set 17

Ice Road Trucdkers: The Complete lSeason 4

Peter Benchley’s Amazon: The Complete Season

Have Gun Will Travel: Season 5, Vol. 2

Stoked: Season 1

Huge: The Complete Series

Nature: Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story

Gungrave: The Complete Box Set, Classic

Testees: The Complete Series

Border Wars: Season 2

Chautauqua: An American Narrative

Fresh Fields: Set 1

Denise Duguay

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