'Dexter' showrunner Clyde Phillips returns to net

Showtime has renewed Lionsgate TV dramedy “Nurse Jackie” for a fifth season and, at the same time, welcomed back Clyde Phillips into the network fold.

Phillips is the former “Dexter” showrunner who gave up those duties because he wanted to spend more time with his East Coast-based family. Phillips will now guide “Nurse Jackie,” taking over commitments that were handled by Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius for the first four years of the series.

“Nurse Jackie,” produced by Lionsgate, shoots in New York, which was one of the major reasons Phillips came onboard. He will exec produce along with Richie Jackson and Caryn Mandabach.

After some serious ratings slippage in season three when the skein aired on Mondays, the show’s numbers have ticked up for the current season — airing on Sundays and set to end its 10-episode run June 17 — and is averaging 2.7 million viewers per episode, including DVR usage and on demand. The show has also had a creative reboot this season.

Edie Falco stars in the half-hour with co-stars Eve Best, Merritt Wever and Paul Schulze. Bobby Canavale joined this season.

“Clyde brings a unique combination of skills in both comedy and drama, and he is a master at making entertaining and compelling television,” said Showtime topper David Nevins of Phillips, who was exec producer of “Dexter” for four seasons.

Filed Under:

Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more