TV tonight: Return of ‘Nurse Jackie’ plus ‘The Borgias’ on Showtime

A clean and sober ‘Nurse Jackie’ is back tonight on Showtime
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WASHINGTON, April 14, 2013 — It is hard to imagine a more flawed character than the one Edie Falco plays on Showtime’s series “Nurse Jackie.” Maybe that’s why we love her so much. Fresh out of rehab and attempting to put her life together, the former pill-popping, scheming and adulterous Jackie is struggling to find her footing in season five of this always mesmerizing series.

For all her glaring flaws, her career as a caring and rule-bending nurse has never been a problem, as she deftly navigates the health care maze in defense of her patients. Just when the viewer is ready to write her off as morally bankrupt, Jackie does something out-of-the-ordinary and above the call of duty for one of patients that totally redeems her in the eyes of the audience

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On the way to achieving much-needed sobriety, Jackie has managed in the course of the series to ruin her marriage, alienate her kids and lose her job at All Saints Hospital. Only a changing of the guard at the hospital has enabled her to get her old job back. But the new, no-nonsense head of the E.R. promises to be just as challenging as the previous one when it comes to Jackie’s unorthodox approach to patient care.

Anyone who has had the misfortune of finding themselves in need of emergency room services can certainly relate to the seemingly endless comedy of errors detailed in this series. In today’s world, short of bleeding out in the middle of the waiting room, there is little a person can do to get timely assistance in most circumstances. Bet you’ve been there, too.

After all, who doesn’t have an emergency room horror story these days? Who hasn’t felt more like they were at the DMV waiting for their number to be called than sitting in an emergency room where one’s life and death can hang in the balance?

Unfortunately there are few nurses in the system like Jackie. But Edie Falco makes us believe there may be at least one, somewhere, if only for a half hour each Sunday night. Regardless of the ongoing train wreck that is her personal life, we hope to have someone like Jackie in our corner when that inevitable emergency situation arises.

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Flawed but worthy of redemption. Rough and tough on the outside, but possessing a heart of pure gold on the inside. These are common, All-American character traits we can all relate to. And watching as the process unfolds is very likely the main reason why “Nurse Jackie” is such a great show to watch.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

7 p.m.

NBC: The Voice: (Repeat) The blind auditions continue.

8 p.m.

ABC: Once Upon a Time: The Price of Magic: (New) How Storybrooke’s residents have fared since their fairytale memories were restored; the mythology of the show; a preview of the season’s final four episodes.

CBS: Amazing Race 22: (New) Teams race through Switzerland where they grapple with giant wheels of cheese in a return to a classic Race challenge “Switchback,” and Racers are on the edge when they dangle thousands of feet in the air traversing the north face of Eiger Mountain.

FOX: The Simpsons: (New) Homer’s behavior once again lands him in hot water with Marge and he needs to fathom a way to save his marriage, while a dose of “A Streetcar Named Desire” drives Milhouse to affect a Marlon Brando-esque bad-boy demeanor in an effort to impress Lisa.

8:30 p.m.

FOX: Bob’s Burgers: (New) The Belchers compete on the TV-game show “Family Fracas!” and, much to the dismay of the host, keep winning, which allows them to return night after night, until their hot streak comes to an abrupt and suspicious end.

9 p.m.

ABC: Revenge: (New) The Graysons put on a bold showing at their annual Labor Day party; the seas prove to be deadly as Amanda and Jack sail off to their honeymoon.

CBS: The Good Wife: (New) As Alicia represents a girl who accuses a classmate of rape, the case takes on a life of its own when the hacker group “Anonymous” takes notice and brings the trial into the public eye via the Internet. Also, Diane continues to be vetted for a possible Illinois Supreme Court seat and Kalinda becomes suspicious of Robyn.

FOX: Family Guy: (New) After Peter, Quagmire and Joe’s plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness, Peter goes for help, but gets lost for two months and turns into an unintelligible feral creature, who upon rescue must learn to reacclimate himself into society.

NBC: All-Star Celebrity Apprentice: (New) The all-stars must produce a silent film promoting Australian Gold products.

HBO: Game of Thrones: (New) Daenerys meets with Kraznys to make a deal for an army, and tempts the slaver with an offer he may not be able to refuse. Meanwhile, Tyrion is given new responsibilities to which he is decidedly unsuited; the Night’s Watch Rangers retreat to a familiar place; Jon and Mance Rayder examine the carnage at the Fist of the First Men; and Catelyn says good-bye to her father.

SHOWTIME: Nurse Jackie: (New) In the Season 5 premiere, a bus accident makes for a busy day at All Saints, as two new doctors join the rotation. Meanwhile, O’Hara is content spending every minute with her new son; and Akalitus gives Eddie his old job back.

9:30 p.m.

FOX: American Dad: (New) Francine attempts to spice things up with Stan, while Hayley’s dip back into the dating pool doesn’t go so swimmingly, and she reluctantly decides to accept Snot’s invitation to dinner.

10 p.m.

ABC: Red Widow: (Repeat) Marta wears a wire to a meeting with Schiller in hope of building a case against him; Marta starts working with an influential woman with whom Schiller has a long history.

CBS: The Mentalist: (New) The team takes a trip to a Wild West tourist town to investigate the death of the town’s owner. Meanwhile, Kirkland tries to uncover the extent of Jane’s knowledge about Red John.

SHOWTIME: The Borgias: (New) In the Season 3 premiere, the poisoned Pope Alexander fights for his life and the cardinals jockey to take over the papacy, while Cesare and Micheletto try to track the assassin. Meanwhile, Della Rovere readies to make his move; and Catherina Sforza dispatches her own personal assassin to unseat the Borgias.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

The Real Housewives of Atlanta at 8 p.m. on BRAVO

Cupcake Wars at 8 p.m. on Food Channel

Buckwild at 8 p.m. on MTV

Trip Flip at 8 p.m. on Travel Channel

The ‘80s: The Decade That Made Us at 8 and 9 p.m. on NGC

River Monsters at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet

Married to Medicine at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown at 9 p.m. on CNN

Chopped at 9 p.m. on Food Channel

Ax Men at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Army Wives at 9 p.m. on LIFE

My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding at 9 p.m. on TLC

MTV 2013 Movie Awards at 9 p.m. on MTV

Mad Men at 10 p.m. on AMC

Monster Squid: The Giant is Real at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet

Naked Castaway at 10 p.m. on DSC

Restaurant Impossible at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Vikings at 10 p.m. on History Channel

Bar Rescue at 10 p.m. on SPIKE

Welcome to Myrtle Manor at 10 p.m. on TLC

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Men in Black on ENC

My Left Foot on FLIX

Maid in Manhattan on FLIX

The Green Hornet on FX

The Hangover on TBS

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre on TCM

Gladiator on TNT

9 p.m.

Despicable Me on ABCFAM

Snow White and the Huntsman on HBO

Hall Pass on MOMAX

The Natural on REELZ

Meet Joe Black on SHO

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on Syfy

Little Fockers on USA

Later tonight:

Men in Black II at 9:40 on ENC

On Golden Pond at 9:45 p.m. on FLIX

Horrible Bosses at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

The Samaritan at 10 p.m. on TMC

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