Nip/Tuck: FX Series Cancelled But Not Ending Soon

Nip/TuckAt today’s Television Critics Association presentation in Beverly Hills, FX’s president surprised many by announcing that the popular Nip/Tuck series had been cancelled. On the positive side, there are still quite a few new episodes on the way.

Nip/Tuck premiered back on July 22, 2003 and tells the story of two plastic surgeons, Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Christian Troy (Julian McMahon). The series mixes drama with satire and irreverent humor as the doctors take on often strange cases. Nip/Tuck was initially set in Miami, Florida but the characters moved to Los Angeles at the start of the current season, the show’s fifth. The series was recently praised by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for its ongoing use of homosexual characters.

Today, FX president/GM John Landgraf told reporters that the network had ordered 19 episodes for the drama’s sixth, and final, season. That order’s a few less than a traditional TV season but it will bring the series’ installment total to 100 episodes. Series creator Ryan Murphy will stay on board until the end as the showrunner.

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When asked about the cancellation, Landgraf noted that he felt it was time and doubted that any FX show would surpass 100 episodes. He said, “If you tried to do 150 episodes of The Sopranos, you would begin to diminish the quality of those shows. The David Chases (The Sopranos) and Shawn Ryans (The Shield), they’re taking on social commentary and grand sweeping questions. If we want to go after that brass ring, we have to accept they have limited shelf life.”

Though the move may be a disappointment to devoted fans of the plastic surgeon series, casual fans won’t realize the show has been axed for some time. There are actually 27 new episodes yet to come. Only 14 episodes of the fifth season have aired thus far with the remaining eight scheduled to begin airing in January. The sixth season is expected to begin running in 2010 and not finish airing until early 2011. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Anonymous says

    This show was actually good for alot of people. I was down, lost my job, girlfriend, all my friends and everything then I got a job at a hospital. You know don’t start something if you cant finish it.

  2. says

    i just started to watch the show on netflix and i am hook and sad that this show came to an end i dont understand how the shows that just have no real drama and excitment to it could last so long but when there is a show like this the keep us on our tippy toes they end it i guess some people really are not in tune with making money because im sure this show would of have many and i do mean many fan and viewers to keep it going for many years to come we would of not care how old they would of gotten because as long as the writers keep the shock factor we would of been glued to our seats 😀 but on another note thanks for this great show it was a great pleasure watching.

    • matt says

      you cant expect the actors to be in the same show forever, at one point people are tired and want to move on with new projects and movies and im glad they canceled this because if they had continued this it could have ended up having a cliffhanger as a last episode

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