Rescue Me: Denis Leary TV Show to End in 2011, No Season Eight

Rescue MeFX has decided to end their Rescue Me series after seven seasons and 93 episodes. The show will go out as it began; closely tied to the events of 9/11.

Rescue Me follows Denis Leary as a hard-living New York fireman who balances the challenges of his stressful job and crazy personal life. The series also features the talents of Diane Farr, Adam Ferrara, Mike Lombardi, James McCaffrey, Jack McGee, Tatum O’Neal, Steven Pasquale, Andrea Roth, John Scurti, Daniel Sunjata, Larenz Tate, Callie Thorne, and Dean Winters.

Though it’s still a high-profile show for FX, Rescue Me’s numbers aren’t nearly as strong as they once were. The first two seasons averaged about 2.7 million viewers per episode. The fifth season has been averaging about 1.4 million and 914,000 in the 18-49 demographic. Variety reports that’s a 38% decline from season four.

The drop in viewership likely comes as a result of the show being off the air for an extended period of time. There was a gap of 18 months between the end of season four and the start of season five, largely due to the writers strike. A series of webisodes were released in 2008 in an attempt to bridge the gap.

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In February, months before the premiere of year five, FX announced that Rescue Me had already been renewed for a sixth season of 18 episodes.

Of the early renewal, FX’s President and General Manager John Landgraf said, “Rescue Me is one of the very best series on television and a tentpole program for FX. We’re amazed by the quality of episodes for the upcoming fifth season, which are some of the best they’ve ever produced. I believe this show will continue to maintain a level of excellence for several years to come, and we’re thrilled to pick it up for a sixth season.”

Now that the network has seen the numbers for season five, it seems their enthusiasm has waned and have decided to make the next round the show’s last. But, instead of 18 episodes as previously planned, the final group of episodes has been increased to 19. The extra installment will presumably be used to cap off the series.

Rather than airing all 19 episodes together, the new plan is to break them up into two smaller seasons. Season six will air in 2010 while season seven will be held until 2011. Peter Tolan, the show’s co-creator, says the plan is to run the final episodes to coincide with the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.

Of the final episodes, Tolan told TV Guide that Maura Tierney, who’s featured prominently in next week’s season finale, may pop up for the final episodes. He said, “We loved working with her — that was kind of a big deal to get her… She’s got Parenthood, but I think we have a deal where we can use her for four episodes. And since we have that deal, we will take advantage of it.”

What do you think? Will you be sorry to see Tommy Gavin and the other characters go? How would you like to see the show end?

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  1. brady lane says

    i love the show called rescue me, i want to see season 8 start from were they left off in season 7, were tommy had a son and franco became lutenit and just keep the show goin for at least 3 years please its a great show

  2. Anonymous says

    As a firefighter myself I loved rescue me it seemed like the real thing I wish they never would have canceled it. It got me focused on trying to follow a career path in the FDNY if I ever get to move to NYC. R.I.P. 343

  3. Anonymous says

    I am in love with this show! Dont tell me its ending! I just got caught up and watched all the seasons! Im hooked !!!

  4. Chris says

    Please please don’t end the show.I loved every dam moment of it.I never ever got bored of it,One of the best ******* shows out there (excuse my language) it feels like it ended to soon even though there were 9 seasons it felt Like 1.Please get it up and going again (sigh).this show will never be as good as the walking dead,or prison break.I absolutely love Rescue me and it kills me to see the show end.

  5. Sean Calvano says

    noooooooooooooooooooo **** you fx god damnit you son of a ***** **** yourself. the most important event in american history next to the shot heard round the world. **** you **** you.

  6. rachel says

    They can’t end the show. It is by far the best tv series I have ever seen. I don’t want to see this end. Great story line and great actors. I was never bored during any episode. This show definately needs to continue.

  7. kevin D says

    I am guted, this show was amazing from start to finish, i have struggled to get DVD copy of anything past season 3 in the UK, i feel yet again that a major network has lets its viewing public down, this show, it’s stars, thier story lines have so so much more to say, if i had a magic wand i would bring it back tomorrow. A truely sad day when i finished the last episode.

  8. Nick U says

    Best show ever! Its not like these other shows and thats whats best! Fx needs to get together and keep making these! This show is great. The way it ended was great but Tommy didnt retire so They cant stop! They need to make more! For all of us!!

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