Always a good quote, Peter Tolan entertained journos during a very casual TCA lunch sesh Tuesday.
While most of the discussion centered on how “Rescue Me,” for which he’s exec producer, will end, he was first asked if had any reaction to the news that Steve McPherson was out at ABC. Tolan famously dissed McPherson at an HRTS confab a few years back, but refrained from re-examining his often stormy relationship with the former Alphabet exec. Mostly.
“For your entertainment, he will be diving off the roof (of the hotel),” Tolan said, later adding: “I don’t speak ill of the dead.”
As for “Rescue Me,” whose series finale will air right around Sept. 11, 2011 — the 10th anniversary of the date of the World Trade Center attacks and the event for which the series found its creative impetus — Tolan said the show will end of a much lighter note than he or exec producer-star Denis Leary originally intended.
“It’s about how life goes on. It isn’t so much about what we wrote, but it was right,” Tolan explained, adding that what was filmed was significantly different from what was originally in the script. “We found a really hopeful place for the (Tommy Gavin) character.”
Now that “Rescue Me” has wrapped, Tolan is pitching new skeins with his producing partner Michael Wimer. They’re in talks with NBC on a show about a town that recreates the life of the pilgrims, and have a script already set up at ABC.
When asked how different it is dealing with cable versus broadcast — where he had a very unpleasant experience at the Alphabet with “The Job — Tolan replied, “There’s more misery in broadcast.”