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The fire is out: Rescue Me done in 2011

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 29th 2009 1:02PM
Denis Leary as Tommy Gavin on FX's 'Rescue Me.'
The boys of 62 Truck are finally calling it quits. According to TVGuide.com, Tommy, Lou, Franco and the rest of the Rescue Me crew have fought their last fire, polished the rig one final time, and will hang up their boots for good in 2011.

Details on how it'll end, who might be back, and a preview of this Tuesday's season five finale are after the jump.

As you may recall, FX announced that they were renewing Rescue Me for an 18 episode sixth season - almost three months before season five even premiered. Instead, FX has added one episode to that order, and much as they're doing with Nip/Tuck's final 19, Rescue Me will be split into two seasons set to air in 2010 and 2011.

That'll put Rescue Me's final ep count at 93 (making it more than suitable to sell into off network syndication), but more importantly, it creates one helluva promotional opportunity: the final season (and series finale) will now coincide with the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the creative impetus for the show.

According to co-creator Peter Tolan, the show resumes production next month, meaning that, again, like Nip/Tuck, the final episodes of the show will likely wrap well ahead of when they'll air.

Tolan went on to say that they have Maura Tierney contracted for four more episodes, so she'll likely be back during the final 19 as long as her health concerns or prior commitments to Parenthood don't get in the way. That's good news for Kelly fans.

Speaking of Kelly, the season five finale (which airs this Tuesday at 10PM ET on FX), features her heavily (I've already seen the ep - it's fantastic) and ends with what's arguably Rescue Me's best cliffhanger to date. This season in general has been seen as a creative resurgence of the show and while I'll be sad to see it go, it does feel as though season five was a bit of a peak. At this point, it makes sense to start wrapping up those big overarching plots, such as Tommy's guilt over Jimmy.

Here's a preview of the finale and like I said, I've seen it already, so be sure to check back here right after it airs for my review. Trust me - you're gonna want to talk about this one.

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I have never had the desire to or watched the show until this season. I was drawn by the appearance of Maura Tierney. I have watched every episode and admittedly have been sucked in by some of the characters. I have also been embarassed, insulted and strangley moved by some of the stories. Leary amazes me with his acting range. His on screem chemistry with Tierney is the best that I have seen so far. I hadn't planned to watch it ever again after her arc was complete but now.....

August 31 2009 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey, anyone know the song playing in the preview for the season 5 finale?

August 30 2009 at 11:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This season has had some great moments, but it's gone on too long. I'd rather have 13 stellar episodes than 22 that are uneven.

I'm sure Denis Leary has something else equally spectacular up his sleeve.

August 30 2009 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Big John

That's fine, it's ok when shows end on their own teams after a defined period of time.

August 29 2009 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I didn't have cable or satellite until last year, so this season is the first chance I've had to see an entire season of this show within the actual time frame of the original airing. And I haven't seen the previous episodes on DVD, either, though. But I enjoy the show, very much.

August 29 2009 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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