Cabler greenlights 13-episode pickup for season 4

FX is hanging on to “Rescue Me” for another season.

One week after landing an Emmy nom for star-exec producer Denis Leary, the cabler has greenlit production on a fourth cycle of the firefighter drama, which remains among the top 10 basic cable shows in the 18-49 demo.

FX announced the 13-episode pickup for the Sony Pictures Television-produced skein Wednesday during its portion of the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour.

Network president-general manager John Landgraf called the series a “key part of one of FX’s stated goals, which is to foster some of the best episodic series on television.”

Early renewal for “Rescue Me” — halfway through the current season — keeps FX’s three core drama franchises on the air for at least one more season. Cabler ordered up a seventh and final season of “The Shield” last month and will roll out a fourth season of “Nip/Tuck” in early 2007.

Leary, Peter Tolan and Jim Serpico will continue to exec produce “Rescue Me”. All cast members are aboard to return. Season three’s finale airs Aug. 29.

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