She only plays a nurse on Showtime’s new series, “Nurse Jackie.” But last night at the show’s premiere party, Edie Falco was just about the first person summoned when a guest fainted.

It wasn’t clear what she was being asked to do, but Falco rushed over.

The guest was the eldlerly mother of a theatrical agent. At first, the word went out in Nicola’s restaurant at the Parker Meridien hotel that someone had had a heart attack.

That didn’t stop the crowd, which had just seen two episodes of the wonderful new Falco series, from chowing down and drinking. It was late, after all.

Ironically, the party room had been totally redecorated to resemble an ER. There were actual hospital beds, medical cabinets stocked with bandages and the like, and heavy plastic curtain dividers.

Someone had even set up a machine for guests to try oxygen at a bar in flavors like lemonade and tangerine.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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