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'Rescue Me' Gets Call for Third Season

(Posted August 23, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) On the heels of its first two Emmy nominations, "Rescue Me" has earned another season on FX.

The pickup comes despite the fact that ratings for the show, which stars Denis Leary as a damaged New York firefighter, have been flat this season. Production on the new batch of 13 episodes is scheduled to begin early next year, with a premiere date targeted for spring or early summer.

"Once again, Denis and [co-creator Peter Tolan] have delivered a brilliant season," says John Landgraf, president and general manager of FX. "They continue to create wholly original storylines which pull off the difficult task of blending riveting drama with raucous comedy. We're extremely proud of this show, which is one of the very best television has to offer."


Leary and Tolan are up for an Emmy Award next month for writing the show's pilot. Tolan is also nominated for his direction of the debut episode.

"It's always great to get word that you've been picked up for another season," Leary says. "FX has been unbelievable to work with, and I'm happy for Peter and the cast. We're really hitting our stride."

"Rescue Me" has averaged about 2.7 million viewers per week this summer, on par with what it delivered last year. About 1.7 million of those viewers are in the ad-friendly adults 18-49 demographic, which is off 12 percent from last season but still ranks in the top 10 for basic cable series.

The series has four episodes remaining in the current season, with the finale scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13.



Source: Zap2it
 


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