The end has been set for Rescue Me. Executive Producer Peter Tolan tells TVGuide.com that the Denis Leary led series, focusing on New York City firefighters, comes to a close in 2011.
Tolan explains that production on the final 19 episodes of will begin "in the next couple of weeks" and that those episodes will be broken into two different seasons.
Tolan says that FX likely had the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in mind when it came to scheduling the final episodes – an event which is a big part of the series, given the characters it focuses on. As Tolan tells TVGuide.com, "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 adds that it's likely Maura Tierney will return at some point in the final episodes, despite her new NBC series, Parenthood, saying, ""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."
I thought this season 5 was awesome but i don't understand why they cutting up next season. When they could give us two 13 ep seasons again for the final 2 years.