Edie Falco Is Back

Any show that brings Edie Falco back to TV full-time is worth a look, and it doesn't hurt that her new series, "Nurse Jackie," is actually quite a good show as well.

Debuting tonight after the season premiere of "Weeds," "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime, 10:30 p.m.) is a dark comedy centered around Jackie (Falco), who unofficially runs the catholic hospital that she works in.

She's got to deal with annoying administration, incompetent doctors and a nervous trainee, all the while snorting pain pills to cope with a bad back. She gets the pills from her lover at the hospital, all the while hiding the fact from her husband and two kids.

As is no surprise at all, Falco is terrific as Jackie, showing a broad range from dealing with an idiot doctor to consoling the girlfriend of a bike messenger who died needlessly (and whose organs were donated thanks to Jackie forging his donor card).

Jackie is quite a different role than Carmela Soprano, but Falco proves every bit as capable as she was during her Emmy-winning run.

"Jackie" is reminiscent of "House" in showing a flawed medical caregiver, though Jackie is much better equipped to deal with the human quotient. The series is another in a recent great run from Showtime.

MONDAY'S BEST BETS: On cable, both "The Closer" (TNT, 9 p.m.) and "Raising The Bar" (TNT, 10 p.m.) return with all new seasons. For the latter, Mark-Paul Gosselar finally got rid of the ridiculous haircut from the first season. Let's hope the storylines are less ridiculous as well. Personally, I never made it past the pilot for precisely that reason.

"Greek" (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) is new.

Finally, all week long, "The Colbert Report" is broadcasting as part of the USO show for troops in Iraq.