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TCA: “Nip/Tuck” heads West

POSTED BY STEVEN ZEITCHIK:

RyanmurphyThe FX plastic-surgery drama “Nip/Tuck” has always felt like it was set in Beverly Hills, but it took five seasons to actually get it there.

The series about doctors in their own operating room and other people’s beds is relocating this season from South Florida to Hollywood. In one episode, Julian McMahon’s bad-boy doctor Christian Troy questions “Where’s the glamor I used to read about?” And rest assured, Troy hasn’t lost any of his swagger in the cross-country move: “This town needs me,” he declares.

Why the move? Creator Ryan Murphy (pictured)told a panel at TCA Thursday morning at the Beverly Hilton that he set the show in Bev Hills when he first pitched it but then changed the venue because he wanted the series to go a little darker. Once the docs got successful, however, he wanted them swimming in a bigger pond.

Murphy (who also said he “would love to” bring the show back for a sixth season but is still negotiating with the net) says despite the move, audiences shouldn’t expect the predictable L.A. plot turns. “We don’t have a lot of the starlets coming in for surgeries. We still have a lot of the cases that are more exotic and odd,” Murphy said.

Actually, the strongest Hollywood touch may involve the biz. When the new season debuts, the two docs will make a career move of sorts: They’ll consult on a “Nip/Tuck”-like show-within-a-show starring Bradley Cooper. Said Murphy: “It’s kind of the worst medical show ever made.” — Steven Zeitchik

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