Say it ain't so! Rescue Me to end in 2011

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It's official: Rescue Me won't be saved.

Co-creator and executive producer Peter Tolan told TVGuide that the cast and crew would begin shooting the final 19 episodes in the next few weeks, but that the series finale would air in 2011 to correlate with the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"I think they're stretching the airing of it out until the 10th anniversary. So if you put 10 episodes on next year and nine the following year, you'll land there," Tolan said to TVGuide.

The 9/11 tribute makes sense, considering the show's focus on New York City firefighters and the aftermath of the attacks. But we can't help but wonder if there's something mysterious up FX's sleeve. The show has earned FX high ratings, creating a one-two punch with Nip/Tuck. But 2011 is also the end date for Nip/Tuck. What's going on here? What's the deal with 2011?

Granted, most TV shows tucker out after five or six seasons. Sometimes old fans simply get tired, and it's tough to attract new fans once a storyline is well-developed. Even though the show has a talented cast (Denis Leary, Andrea Roth, and John Scurti come to mind) and a brilliant script, it's gotta end sometime. Unfortunately, that time is in 2011.

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