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FX comes to the ‘Rescue’

Landgraf makes first move, orders 13 episodes

FX has picked up the Denis Leary-toplined pilot “Rescue Me” to series.

Cabler has ordered 13 episodes of the one-hour drama from Sony Pictures TV and creator-exec producers Leary and Peter Tolan about the lives of a group of firefighters who live and work in post-9/11 New York. Jim Serpico also exec produces.

Pickup reps the first programming move made by new entertainment prexy John Landgraf, who last week departed Sony-based Jersey TV to take the position (Daily Variety, Jan. 16).

Production begins in New York in April, but a premiere date has not yet been announced.

“We’ve been targeting Denis for a long time, and we think he’s the perfect embodiment of what our brand is. He’s bold, intelligent and authentic,” said FX veep of series development Nick Grad. “We believe this is the kind of drama series that people have come to expect from FX.”

Leary originally conceived the project as a feature but told Daily Variety he thought an ongoing story might be a better way to handle the subject.

“It’s about time there is a show that looks at the lives and great work of New York City firefighters and what goes on beneath the surface of the job you see,” said Leary, adding that he was happy to get a spot on the FX sked. “I kept hearing about ‘Nip/Tuck,’ and once I watched it, I knew FX would be a fun place to work.”

Sony, which also produces FX signature skein “The Shield,” was instrumental in finding the right network for “Rescue Me.”

“This is a passion project for Denis, and we felt that his voice was in keeping with that of FX,” said Sony programming/production prexy Russ Krasnoff.

Cast includes Jack McGee, Stephen Pasquale, Daniel Sunjata, John Scurti, Michael Lombardi, Michael Mulheren and Andrea Roth.

Apostle Pictures, the Cloudland Co. and DreamWorks Television produce in association with Sony Pictures TV.

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