For several months visitors to In A Lather have consistently entered the search query "when will Nip/Tuck Season 6 air?". i was planning to wait a few more months to post this item, but patience has never been a strong quality for me. i'm going through Nip/Tuck withdrawal too, and i figure i should do my part to help ease the suffering by sharing this information with those who don't already know. Besides which my stats tell me that number is larger than i'd thought.
Episodes for Nip/Tuck Season 6 will air in January 2009.
"eight spanking fresh new episodes air in mid-january through march. Then back on the air in January 10 for nine more.
Then back on the air in January 11 for the final nine." ~ August 9, 2008, Ryan Murphy, Creator of Nip/Tuck
Mr. Murphy's message re-affirms the announcement made July 15, 2008 by FX President and GM John Landgraf at the Television Critics Association Press Tour.
"Nip/Tuck has already aired 14 episodes of its current fifth season; the remaining eight are set to premiere in January."The Hollywood Reporter
5th or 6th Season---this is where there seems to be a potato/pahtahto thing happening with Nip/Tuck fans and the FX network. The network has categorized the episodes scheduled to air in January '09 as the remainder of Season 5. The fans perceive it as the beginning of Nip/Tuck Season 6. The crux of the matter being the contractual agreement for the series' 5th season was for 22 episodes, of which 14 were aired in 2008. The remaining 8 episodes of Season 5's 22 will air in January '09. Frankly i couldn't care less what number is assigned to the season, i'm just happy to know they survived what might have been a longer term WGA job action, as well as a still lurking possibility of a SAG strike.
Another point of anxiety for fans is the announcement of the end of Nip/Tuck's run. Yes it is true that we will not have first run episodes for an eternity. But it is also true that the show will not conclude it's first run airings on FX until the year 2011. That's 3 years from now. Some who covered this story back in July did so imho in an irresponsible manner. In an attempt to garner attention the focus was heavily placed on the "cancellation" of Nip/Tuck, and cursory acknowledgement of the cancellation date being 2011. To imply the show would be concluding sooner rather than later was shoddy and cruel corresponding at least and inaccurate at most. No show lasts forever, and if it must come to an end, i'd rather see it go out at a peak rather than a plateau or worse yet a nadir. All involved with Nip/Tuck seem to agree that's a good strategy.
Asked why he decided to bring "Nip/Tuck" to an end, Landgraf said he doubts any FX drama would ever run beyond 100 episodes, saying that serialized dramas have a much different storytelling model than nonserialized shows such as "Law & Order" or "CSI."
"If you tried to do 150 episodes of 'The Sopranos,' you would begin to diminish the quality of those shows," he said. "The David Chases ('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." The Hollywood Reporter
The 2011 end-date should not really come as a surprise since Ryan Murphy alluded to that very time frame in an interview given in 2007 during the show's 4th season:
Mr.'s Landgraf and Murphy will be with the FX network for Nip/Tuck's remaining seasons, and as much as i will miss first run eps of Nip/Tuck 3 years from now, i think it's best that when their contracts with the network have concluded, their "#1 scripted series in basic cable among adults 18-49 five years in a row", come to it's natural end. This is not a time to mourn, it is a time to savor.