With the three-month long writers’ strike seemingly about to come to a close, viewers are just eager to see an end to the drought in fresh material in primetime television.  In the case of Nip/Tuck, hopefully, the much-awaited resolution of the writers’ guild conflict will also mean the completion of Nip/Tuck‘s current, prematurely shortened season.

Prior to the start of the strike, FX had already received part of its order for Nip/Tuck.  The network has since been airing the completed installments and is reportedly all set to resume working on new episodes once the writers’ walkout ends.

Speaking of Nip/Tuck and its episodes, Kelly Carlson, one of the show’s mainstays, told The Canadian Press earlier this month that their storylines are predominantly culled from true stories.  According to the actress who plays Kimber Henry on the show, as farfetched and outrageous as they may sound, Nip/Tuck‘s plots are often based on real occurrences.

“As crazy as Nip/Tuck sounds and is, 99 per cent of our stories come from true stories – stories from the paper or friends or other plastic surgeons or whatever,” Carlson declared during a recent interview in Toronto.  “They always say life is crazier than fiction, and in this case it’s true.”

Series creator Ryan Murphy echoed Carlson’s statements, explaining that the series’ strange medical cases are based on factual records.  Carlson also mentioned that the show employs the services of a medical adviser as well as a stable of plastic surgeons that provide necessary information.

One such absurd storyline which was reportedly taken from actual events involved an obese woman who literally got stuck to her couch.  Yet another angle that has its roots in real life revolved around Scientology. 
According to Carlson, they rendered that Scientology story in straightforward fashion without any embellishments.

“I did do quite a bit of research on Scientology and had to learn the terms like Theta, Xenu and stuff like that,” Carlson said.  “We always stuck to the truth of the matter and the audience can decide whether it’s funny or serious or whatever their opinion is or how it’s formed, it’s up to them.”

-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TV Week, The Canadian Press
(Image Courtesy of FX)


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