FX to debut Shield's final season in September
Well it's about time. According to Ausiello over at TV Guide, FX plans to air the final 13 episodes of The Shield starting in September. Originally set to air starting in April, the final season was completed before the writer's strike hit. However, it still affected the show.
The strike cut short the most recent seasons of Nip/Tuck, Dirt, and The Riches. Nip/Tuck's finale aired a few weeks ago, Dirt just premiered this past Sunday, and The Riches returns next Tuesday, March 18th. Because of the truncated seasons for Dirt and The Riches (each finished only seven installments), they moved up in the schedule to March/April, displacing The Shield.
Additionally, FX's standard of airing Rescue Me during the summer was also put on hold. Ausiello reports that its 22 episode fifth season won't return until March of 2009. That's probably a good thing since it would have been competing with The Olympics -- another reason The Shield is being held until September. The TV Guide gossip guru went on to say that the first of Damages' two new seasons would also return in early '09.
[Thanks to Brandon for the tip!]