Showtime orders pilot starring Falco


UPDATED 5:29 p.m. PT Feb. 21

Showtime is fast-tracking a dark comedy project starring Edie Falco.

The premium cable network has ordered a pilot for the untitled single-camera comedy that will star the "Sopranos" alumna as a strong-willed, iconoclastic New York nurse juggling the frenzied grind of an urban hospital and an equally challenging personal life.

The pilot, co-produced by Showtime and Lionsgate TV, will go into preproduction immediately and will be shot in New York.

"To be bringing Edie Falco to Showtime is both a privilege and an honor," Showtime entertainment president Robert Greenblatt said. "Bada bing is all I can think of to say."

The pilot was written by Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem and Evan Dunsky. Wallem and Brixius will serve as executive producers/showrunners. Caryn Mandabach also is an exec producer.

The Falco project is one of three pilots that Showtime is prepping, along with the Tim Robbins-penned pharmaceutical drama "Possible Side Effects" and the Diablo Cody-written half-hour "The United States of Tara."

Falco recently appeared on a three-episode arc of NBC's "30 Rock." She is repped by ICM and Jackson Group Entertainment.