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FX renews ‘Rescue Me’

Firehouse drama gets sixth season

FX has reupped its Denis Leary firehouse drama “Rescue Me” for a sixth season.

The cable net ordered 18 additional episodes of the series, which kicks off its fifth campaign April 7 at 10 p.m.

No production date for the sixth-season installments was announced, but creators Leary and Peter Tolan, as well as Jim Serpico, are back as exec producers.

“Rescue Me,” which comes from Sony Pictures TV, DreamWorks TV and Leary’s Apostle shingle, was one of FX’s top-rated series when season four culminated in September 2007: The show averaged a cumed audience of 3.2 million adults 18-49 and 4.8 million total viewers with its four weekly runs combined.

Season five, which FX officials say was delayed so long because of the WGA strike, will include 22 episodes that will unspool over 23 weeks, culminating in a Sept. 8 season finale. The previous four seasons each featured 13 episodes, which is the standard for cable originals.

In support of the show’s fifth-season bow, Leary plans to headline an 11-city live comedy tour that will also feature “Rescue Me” co-stars Adam Ferrara and Lenny Clarke, among other standups. Highlighting the “Rescue Me Comedy Tour” will be an April 2 perf at Radio City Music Hall.

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