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FX Announces Summer Premiere Dates, 'The Voice' Preview to Air Before 'Leno' Tomorrow and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 20th 2011 6:15PM
Rescue MeFX announced the premiere dates for its summer shows.

The Elijah Wood-starring 'Wilfred,' a remake of the Australian series of the same name about a man whose neighbor's dog appears to him as a man in a dog suit (yep), will premiere on Thu., June 23 at 10PM ET. The show will run for 13 episodes.

The final season of 'Rescue Me' will begin its run on Tue., July 12 at 10PM ET and conclude in September to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The second season of 'Louie' will debut directly after 'Wilfred' on June 23.

In other TV news ...

Want to see a sneek peak of 'The Voice' before it officially premieres next week? NBC will debut 12 minutes of the new series before 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' tomorrow evening. Tune in at 11:35 for the first look. [NBC]

Audrina Patridge's days of reality stardom could be over soon. The former 'Hills' star's new series, 'Audrina,' tanked on VH1 Sunday night. [Vulture]

'Parenthood' star Lauren Graham is branching out into literature. Perhaps channeling a bit of her playwright character, Graham will publish her first novel with Random House. [Twitter]

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Amber Riley Talks Justin Bieber 'Glee' Episode, No '30 Rock' Baby for Jane Krakowski and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 18th 2011 11:50AM
Justin BieberWe know (despite some controversy) that the cast of 'Glee' will channel Justin Bieber in an upcoming episode. Now star Amber Riley has confirmed which of the Biebs' tunes they'll cover: 'Baby' and 'Somebody to Love.'

"There's gonna be two Bieber songs, and I think 'Baby' is one. I think that's correct," she told MTV at the Golden Globes. 'Somebody to Love' is the other. "I think ... those are the two songs," she said.

Creator Ryan Murphy said recently that "Bieber comes up in episode 13 as a small plot point. Sam sings a J.B. song to win Quinn's approval."

In other TV news ...

Another 'Glee' character will be belting a tune in an upcoming episode. Dot Marie Jones confirmed at the Globes that her character, Coach Bieste, will sing during the Feb. 22 episode. "I told [the writers] that I wanted to sing AC/DC, but I'm going to be singing honkey tonk," she said. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The final episode of 'Rescue Me' is scheduled to air on Sept. 6. The ending of the show will coincide with the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks -- fitting, since Denis Leary created the series after watching firefighters deal with the aftermath of the day. [THR]

Jane Krakowski may be pregnant in real life, but -- thank goodness -- her bundle of joy won't be written into '30 Rock.' Jenna Maroney is pretty awesome, but she would be the world's worst mother. [Entertainment Weekly]

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'Rescue Me' Crew Uses Crippled Damien to Pick Up Women (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Sep 1st 2010 3:00PM
After Damien's accident on the job, which leaves him brain-damaged and crippled, the men of the firehouse see an opportunity to use their injured buddy as a way to attract women on 'Rescue Me' (Tue, 10PM ET on FX).

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'Rescue Me' Season 6 Finale Recap (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 1st 2010 4:45AM
Denis Leary, 'Rescue Me'('Rescue Me' - 'A.D.D.')

What a strange journey this season has been, from beginning to end. I would have thought that after last year's sprawling 22-episode season, we would have had a much tighter run in these ten. But in most ways, this season felt disjointed, as if it wasn't sure what it wanted to be about. A hodge-podge of imagery and disparate situations leading to a finale that was, in many ways, much the same.

I didn't go into this finale expecting to be left with my jaw hanging on the ground the way I was at last season's explosive finale, with Tommy bleeding out behind the bar at Teddy's hands. But here I am, with this season's closing image in my mind, and I'm not quite sure what to think.

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'Rescue Me' - 'Goodbye' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 25th 2010 8:05AM
John Scurti, 'Rescue Me'(Season 6, Episode 9) They certainly didn't pace this season like it was only ten episodes. After a 22-episode fifth season, it's as if the writers forgot that you need to keep things moving when that finale is barreling down on you. It's coming at us next week, making this the penultimate episode of the season, and me not sure what the main point of the season was.

Sure, Colleen's drinking was addressed and handled in the only way Tommy knows, but we really didn't get to see enough of it for her situation to really impact us. We got virtually none of how it's affected Black Shawn and their relationship, and we certainly didn't see her experience any of the trauma that Tommy and his family have throughout the series. So why did we spend so much time on it?

Now, it looks like the season is about whether our various heroes should or shouldn't stay firemen. Lou's health has become an issue, Damian has been back-and-forth about his intentions, and Tommy ... well, Tommy won't be happy unless he dies in a fire.

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'Rescue Me' - 'Cowboy' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 18th 2010 12:39PM
'Rescue Me' - 'Cowboy'(Season 6, Episode 8) Sometimes an episode packs so much into its 42 minute frame that it's practically bursting at the seams. About halfway through this week's installment of 'Rescue Me,' I thought we were wrapping things up, but there was so much more to go.

Needles got a chance to really step up and shine -- before disappearing for the rest of the episode. Damian had two major milestones in his young life's journey, and more to consider regarding what he should do with the rest of it.

Tommy, who's been torn between two women the length of this show, found himself in the crosshairs again, while Sean and Mike decided to try and cheer Pat (their firefighter friend who got cancer through his work at the World Trade Center site on and after 9/11) up by showing him the legacy of his good deeds. That brought mixed results. But the episode was a solid gem.

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Chief Needles Saves the Firehouse Through YouTube on 'Rescue Me' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Aug 18th 2010 8:17AM
Needles Saves the Firehouse Through YouTubeChief 'Needles' Nelson uses that "newfangled interweb" thingy to big advantage on 'Rescue Me' (Tue., 10PM ET on FX) when headquarters refuses to reopen his firehouse.

Just days before, his team saved some deaf school children -- while off-duty. "We also got some video ... My guys responding, my guys bringing the kids out safely, your trucks arriving in what I would not call a timely fashion," explains Needles.

He tosses the DVD to the big boss and assures him of having plenty of copies for the press. "And just in case what I'm hearing is true about print media being dead, this whole footage is getting posted on YouTube."

That seems to do the trick: The firehouse is saved. Aw, makes us love the internet even more...

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'Rescue Me' - 'Forgiven' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 11th 2010 1:40PM
'Rescue Me' - 'Forgiven'
(S06E07)
For once, I have absolutely no idea what's coming next on 'Rescue Me,' and I couldn't be happier about it. Pulling back from the Gavin family to face much larger problems, the series was much more enjoyable. As much as Tommy is the central figure of the series, these writers have done far too good a job of fleshing out the secondary and tertiary characters to just leave them hanging out to dry.

As always, the dialogue was sharp and brilliant, both in moments of outright absurdity and moments of true poignancy. Tommy, once again, was put in the awkward position of serving as a figure of wisdom, which is a suit he doesn't wear very well. And Sheila has been relegated to the back burner while Tommy focuses on the relationship he thinks he wants with Janet.

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Fellow Firemen Help Tommy Plan Date Night on 'Rescue Me' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Aug 11th 2010 8:15AM
Fellow Firemen Help Tommy Plan Date Night on 'Rescue Me'In typical Tommy fashion, he has made no plans for that evening's date with his wife Janet on 'Rescue Me' (Tue., 10PM ET on FX). So when she calls for the details, it's a good thing Kenny is sitting beside him in the passenger seat.

"Say Sylvio's," he whispers. "Their lobster frioli is to die for."
"Oh, I love lobster frioli," Black Shawn says from the backseat.

"Be ready at 7," Kenny continues in low tones. "And wear the low-cut fuchsia dress." Tommy repeats everything, word for word. "Fuchsia?" asks Janet. She's as surprised as we are to hear that word come out of Tommy's mouth. Has his cover been blown?

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'Rescue Me' - 'Sanctuary ' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 4th 2010 2:30PM
'Rescue Me' - 'Sanctuary'(S06E06) I come from a big Irish family, and alcohol and merriment have always been a part of our family functions. But thank goodness we're nothing like the Gavins of 'Rescue Me.' As Father Phil suggested on the show last night, the clan might need a group exorcism to rid them of their demons.

The Gavins aren't the only ones facing their possible mortality -- as Garrity's friend closes in on the end of his battle with cancer, a trip to the ballet pushes him to an emotional breaking point; while Colleen is taken on several trips throughout the episode in an attempt to help her see the light.

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'Rescue Me' - 'Blackout' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 28th 2010 2:15PM
'Rescue Me'(S06E05) All season long, we've been waiting for Tommy to hit rock bottom with his drinking so we can finally start to see him begin a redemptive journey toward sobriety, and perhaps get his life back together. I say that with the anticipation that we're actually going to have a "happy" ending for 'Rescue Me.' Given the tone of the show throughout the years, it just wouldn't feel right to end on a tragic note.

I'm not sure if the events of this week constitute Tommy's personal all-time low, but they are certainly in the running. When your family gets pulled into your debauchery, it's got to make you finally stop for a moment and think about what you've been doing with your life. Especially now that it's starting to negatively affect others.

Perhaps because of the strong nature of the content, the episode was framed and presented a little differently than we're used to. Gone for the most part were moments of levity, though you can always count on Sean and Mike lighten the mood. Gone was a lot of the animosity within Tommy's sphere of influence, but that's probably going to change really quickly now.

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Franco and Janet Get Close on 'Rescue Me' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jul 21st 2010 2:30PM
Franco and Janet have an intimate moment on 'Rescue Me' (Tue, 10PM ET on FX), nearly kissing before Franco pulls back and chastises himself for getting too close to Tommy's estranged wife.

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'Rescue Me' - 'Breakout' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 21st 2010 4:33AM
'Rescue Me' - 'Breakout'(S06E04) After last week's harrowing final moment, we didn't waste any time in finding out just what happened to Lou. The whole situation created an interesting parallel for Tommy's own experience when he was bleeding out on the floor of the bar in last season's finale.

And yet, somehow, the creative folks behind 'Rescue Me' managed to make this easily the funniest episode of the season, while staying true to the drama at the heart of these characters' lives. In fact, there was so much going on that it's damned near impossible to say much of anything about any of it without spoiling, so let's get past this jump so we can chat.

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'Rescue Me' Celebration Turns to Shocking Final Image (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jul 14th 2010 5:46AM
'Rescue Me' Celebration Turns to Shocking Final ImageThe crew on 'Rescue Me' (Tue., 10PM ET on FX) had a present (of sorts) for Tommy to celebrate his return. But any happy vibes were quickly overshadowed by shocking sadness.

[Spoiler alert.]


After the firefighters responded to 35 calls in one shift, Chief 'Needles' Nelson told them how proud he was, and continued the celebration with a little something "for you, Gavin," he said. "From us -- it's a welcome-back gift."

Tommy gingerly opened the bag, convinced there was some sort of explosive practical joke inside. No, just a kevlar vest.

But something wasn't right with Lou. The crew dropped their pizza slices and rushed into the garage to find him sprawled out on the floor, a haunting image. What's going to happen to Tommy's best friend?

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'Rescue Me' - 'Comeback' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 14th 2010 2:00AM
John Scurti, 'Rescue Me'(S06E03) In case you're one of the fans of 'Rescue Me' who gets a little annoyed when it becomes 'The Tommy Gavin Show,' this third episode finally started to spread the love out to the ensemble a bit more. It's not necessarily good news that they're all getting more attention, as attested by that haunting final image. It's one of those moments on screen that stays with you, and leaves you on the edge of your seat for the next installment.

I'm glad to see the show stretch its wings a bit beyond the saga of Tommy's drinking problems. As you mentioned in the comments last week, there's only so much you can do with that story line that makes for compelling television. Yes, it's realistically portrayed that he keeps struggling to stay off the booze, which makes it great that they're staying honest to the subject matter, but it takes more to flesh out a whole television show.

Things are still swirling around this early in the season, so it's not quite clear what the main focus is going to be. And Tommy's not the only one with problems.

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