“Rescue Me” will be followed by the launch of Louis C.K.’s new comedy “Louie,” which will air Tuesdays at 11 p.m. starting the same night.
Scheduling marks the sixth and penultimate season for “Rescue Me,” which, as previously reported, will end its run after its seventh season in 2011.
“The pairing of Rescue Me and Louie this summer will create an hour and a half of the funniest and most ruthlessly honest comedy and drama about men ever seen on commercial television,” said FX Networks prexy/GM John Landgraf.
“Rescue Me” is currently in production on its final two seasons of the series. The upcoming sixth season features 10 episodes. The seventh and final season is back in summer 2011 with nine segs.
According to FX: “The final two seasons will deal with Tommy Gavin’s (Denis Leary) recognition of how deeply he is in need of rescue and how time is running out on his last chances for redemption.”
Series creators Denis Leary and Peter Tolan serve as EPs with Jim Serpico.
As for “Louie,” FX has 13 episodes on tap. Show is based on Louis’ own life as a successful stand-up comedian and newly single father raising his two daughters in New York. Ricky Gervais, Pamela Adlon and Bobby Cannavale are guests in season one.
Louis C.K. serves as executive producer, writer and director, and Dave Becky and 3 Arts Entertainment are executive producers as well.