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'Royal Pains'' Mark Feuerstein joins 'Nurse Jackie's' final season

Mark Feuerstein as Dr. Hank Lawson in "Royal

(Credit: USA Network/Tim Whitby)

Mark Feuerstein (you perhaps know him best as Hank Lawson of "Royal Pains") is joining the seventh and final season of "Nurse Jackie." And just to quickly clarify: He remains with "Pains" (a big hit for USA), while this role will essentially be confined to six episodes. Here's what Showtime is saying: 

"Feuerstein will play Barry Wolfe, a high-powered, cutthroat lawyer who will represent Jackie as she pieces her life back together following her arrest last season."  

Tony Shalhoub, as you may also know, has also joined "Jackie" -- currently in production -- so the final lap is looking more and more interesting. "Jackie," as you know, is chock full of terrific New York actors, of which Feuerstein is one.

'Nurse Jackie' to wrap after seven seasons

Edie Falco stars in "Nurse Jackie," for which

(Credit: AP, Invision / Chris Pizzello)

"Nurse Jackie" -- the series that got Edie Falco her much-deserved Emmy for best actress in a comedy after scoring the top drama Emmy for "The Sopranos" -- will wrap after next season, Showtime just announced.

“Edie is one of our finest actresses,” said Showtime Networks chief David Nevins. “We are so honored to have had her on the network. She creates indelible characters and Nurse Jackie Peyton is no exception. I know this final season will bring her story to a close that will satisfy the ever-growing number of loyal viewers who have been entranced and, at times, appalled by Jackie through the years. I want to thank Edie, the incredible cast of NURSE JACKIE and Clyde Phillips and Richie Jackson who have led the show to the success that it is today.” Series begins production on the seventh -- and now final -- season this week.

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