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Rescue Me to end in 2011

Dennis Leary in Rescue Me

Story by Jack Foley

SAD news… Dennis Leary’s excellent firefighting drama Rescue Me is about to come to an end.

FX has announced that the acclaimed, Emmy-nominated drama will end its run in 2011, 10 years after the September 11 terrorist attacks that provided the creative impetus for the series.

The show will continue for 19 more episodes after the current season concludes on US television on Tuesday (September 1, 2009).

It’s not yet known how the final episodes will be shown, although Variety believes it could be in the form of two different seasons of 10 and nine episodes.

Production will commence on the final episodes this September [2009].

Prior to the start of the current season, the show had been forced to take an 18-month hiatus because of the writers’ strike – but owing to demand, several “minisodes” had been completed to keep fans in the loop with character developments.

The show has been a passion project for its main star and co-creator Leary, who has twice been Emmy nominated for his performance and once for co-writing with Peter Tolan.

However, the decision to ease the show to a close was taken after the latest season suffered a 38% dip in viewing figures, to average around 1.4 million. DVR and video on demand usage is, however, expected to revive its fortunes (as is the case with many US TV series).

Read our review of Season 3