FX Sets Return Dates For 'Shield,' 'Nip/Tuck'

(Friday, January 09 01:39 PM)

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - Two of the jewels in FX's drama development crown have set premiere dates for their upcoming new episodes. The cable network has scheduled the Emmy and Gold Globe winning drama "The Shield" for a mid-spring launch, while Golden Globe nominee "Nip/Tuck" will be back in the early summer.

The 2003 Golden Globe winner for best drama, "The Shield" began production on its third season in September 2003 and the first of 15 new episodes will air on Tuesday, March 9 at 10 p.m. ET.

Most of the creative team and cast are returning for the new season, which features two more episodes than either of the previous years.

"Seven episodes from the upcoming season are complete and, from what we've seen so far, fans of 'The Shield' have a lot to look forward to come March," says Peter Liguori, FX's president and chief executive officer. "As usual, Shawn Ryan and his writing team have put together compelling storylines and Michael Chiklis, CCH Pounder and the entire cast once again are delivering great performances."
Other returning stars include Benito Martinez, Walton Goggins, Jay Karnes, Catherine Dent, Michael Jace and Kenneth Johnson.

When "The Shield" completes its run, FX will be ready to bring back the controversial and acclaimed "Nip/Tuck," which is nominated for the outstanding drama series Golden Globe. After a 13-episode first season, the dramedy will be bumped up to 16 in its second year. The fun will begin on Tuesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET.

In addition to the Golden Globe nod for the series, Joely Richardson picked up a nomination for best actress in a drama series. Richardson and stars Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon will return to what was basic cable's most-watched new series of 2003.