Edie Falco's 'Nurse Jackie' joins cable-fueled lineup

While the Emmy-winning “Mad Men,” along with creator Matthew Weiner and star Jon Hamm, have become synonymous with some of the best that television has to offer, producer Lionsgate has solidified its reputation as a home for top programming.

Lionsgate Television, which is headed up by president Kevin Beggs and is receiving the Variety Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s Banff fest, has seen its slate — which was fairly meager only a few years ago — fill out nicely with not only AMC’s “Mad Men” but also Starz series “Crash,” based on the Oscar winner, and two from pay cabler Showtime: half-hour comedies “Weeds” and “Nurse Jackie,” the latter starring “The Sopranos’ ” Edie Falco. The laffers begin their sixth- and first-season runs, respectively, tonight.

“Our team of executives epitomizes the entrepreneurial spirit that has built Lionsgate from its inception. I can’t think of a group of executive talent more deserving of a leadership award,” says Jon Feltheimer, co-chairman and chief exec officer at Lionsgate. “They are innovators and tastemakers who know how to think outside the box. I’m confident that they will continue to push the envelope in creating original, unique and provocative content for the networks.”

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