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8 items from 2004


Winter Sky warms to 'Rescue,' '24,' 'Nip'

1 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LONDON -- Sky One will head its winter schedule with the U.K. premiere of the Denis Leary starrer Rescue Me, as well as new seasons of Nip/Tuck and 24, channel chief James Baker said Tuesday. Rescue Me, a character-led drama about the personal and emotional upheaval faced by New York's fire fighters in the wake of Sept. 11, stars actor-comedian Leary, who also executive produces the 13-part drama due to roll out Jan. 11. In a revamp of its schedules, the youth-skewed entertainment channel will put drama at the heart of its Sunday night lineup, airing the second season of cosmetic surgery drama Nip/Tuck and the fourth season of 24 back-to-back in primetime. »

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FX fired up over 'Rescue'; 2nd season planned

25 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

FX has renewed the rookie drama Rescue Me, starring Denis Leary, for a second season. Just five episodes into the series' first season, the cable channel has asked for at least 13 more episodes from Rescue producers Sony Pictures Television and DreamWorks TV; the exact order hasn't been determined but is not expected to be any more than 15. Since premiering last month, Rescue has averaged 2 million viewers in the key adult 18-49 demo in its Wednesday 10 p.m. slot, the highest total in that demographic for a new basic cable show. The series averages a cumulative audience of 9.5 million over the course of its five airings per week. »

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'Rescue' heats up FX ratings

23 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

FX's new drama Rescue Me got off to a strong start Wednesday wtih an average of 4.1 million viewers turning out for the 10 p.m. series starring Denis Leary as a jaded New York City firefighter. Rescue, which aired without interruptions through a sponsorship deal with Miller Brewing Co., averaged 2.5 million viewers in the target adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. "As important to us as the ratings are, we're equally proud of the fact that FX continues to raise the bar for quality programming on television," FX entertainment president John Landgraf said of the DreamWorks TV/Sony Pictures TV production. »

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Farr, Clarke get together for 'Rescue'

16 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

FX's upcoming series Rescue Me will have a touch of The Job reunion to it. Diane Farr is set to do at least five episodes of the firefighter drama toplined by her Job co-star Denis Leary. Also tapped as recurring in Rescue Me is Job alum Lenny Clarke. Rescue Me, which hails from Job's creators Leary and Peter Tolan, revolves around the lives of Tommy Gavin (Leary) and his fellow firefighters at a New York firehouse. »

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Final

8 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Yet another entry in this season's "Twilight Zone-d" perception-vs.-reality marathon (see also "K-PAX" and the upcoming "Vanilla Sky" and "A Beautiful Mind"), the Campbell Scott-directed "Final" has Denis Leary playing a confined hospital patient who is convinced that he recently awoke from a cryogenic deep freeze. The results are more lifeless than chilling.

With its contained, clinically sterile environment and extremely limited scene-changing, the production has the feel of an off-off-Broadway two-hander rather than a feature film, and Scott's resolutely purposeful directing style doesn't exactly help matters.

The reality of the situation is that the Lions Gate and Cowboy Pictures release will actually be spending less time in theaters than that which is perceived to have elapsed while sitting through it.

Here we have Leary cracking wise but essentially serious as the sole occupant of a cell-like observation room in a small Connecticut hospital.

He is paid frequent visits by his doctor (Hope Davis), who's having trouble freeing her patient of his persistent disorientation -- namely, that he believes he was cryogenically frozen in 1999 and has awakened several centuries later and is about to be administered a final injection in connection with something involving donor organ packets.

The truth according to Davis, meanwhile, is that Leary crashed his pickup truck and had recently emerged from a coma, but the time was still very much the present.

The two proceed to engage in a laborious game of cat and mouse, and the only element of surprise here is trying to figure out exactly when the so-called surprise twist is going to be revealed.

By the time that moment arrives, Scott, who is the sole occupant of the director's chair here after having shared the credit with others on "Big Night" and "Hamlet", has sedated the viewer into heavy-lidded submission with an overdose of antiseptic atmosphere.

Even his frequent cutaways to glimpses of Leary flashbacks prove to be more annoying than revealing.

More problematic is that while Leary might have a certain light comedic appeal as an actor, he lacks the dramatic depth necessary to pull off the layers of his is-he-or-isn't-he character.

Davis' role, to a lesser extent, could have stood a little more complexity, especially when it appears she is starting to fall for her patient, but those limitations might also be attributed to Bruce McIntosh's one-note scripting.

Tech credits are effectively spare, though composer Guy Davis' highly symbolic solo blues guitar riffs cry out for a little accompaniment.

FINAL

Lions Gate Films and Cowboy Pictures

The Independent Film Channel

presents an InDigEnt production

in association with Spare Room Prods.

Director: Campbell Scott

Screenwriter: Bruce McIntosh

Producers: Gary Winick, Alexis Alexanian, Mary Frances Budig, Steve Dunn, Campbell Scott

Executive producers: Jonathan Sehring, Caroline Kaplan, John Sloss

Director of photography: Dan Gillham

Production designer: Chris Shriver

Editor: Andy Keir

Costume designer: Toni Fusco

Music: Guy Davis

Music supervisor: Linda Cohen

Color/stereo

Cast:

Bill: Denis Leary

Ann: Hope Davis

Todd: J.C. MacKenzie

Dayton: Jim Gaffigan

Sherry: Marin Hinkle

Running time -- 111 minutes

No MPAA rating

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Miller to the 'Rescue' for FX

1 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

FX said it has reached an integrated sponsorship deal with Miller Brewing Co. for a commercial-free series premiere of its upcoming original drama Rescue Me, starring Denis Leary, that will include brand integration, a customized introduction and "thank you" messages featuring the series cast. The deal also involves Miller branding on printed, digital and televised promotional materials for the series, which debuts July 21. »

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Showtime back on laugh track

14 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Showtime will launch a series of comedy specials beginning with an hourlong showcase for George Lopez on May 29. The specials represent a return to Showtime's roots, given that comedians including Tim Allen, Drew Carey and Denis Leary got their start with stand-up specials on the premium channel. »

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FX comes to Leary's 'Rescue'

23 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

FX has picked up Rescue Me, Denis Leary and Peter Tolan's drama pilot about the lives of New York firefighters, as a series. The network has given a 13-episode order to the project from Leary and Jim Serpico's Apostle Pictures, Tolan's the Cloudland Co. and DreamWorks TV in association with Sony Pictures Television. Rescue Me, a drama with comedic elements, revolves around the lives of a crew of firefighters in a New York City firehouse. It centers on Tommy Gavin (Leary), a fireman who is trying to conceal his fear of his job post-Sept. 11 while recovering from his recent divorce, or as Leary describes him, "a really conflicted, funny and screwed-up character which to me is always the most fun guy to play." The show will weave humor into the inherent drama that firefighters face every day, Leary said. »

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