In case you haven’t heard, there won’t be a fifth season of Rescue Me this summer—that’ll have to wait for next summer, although we’ll be getting 22 episodes then, which is pretty great. [Why we’re not getting in the fall is beyond me, other than as part of an FX strategy to air the show in the summer when most other shows are in re-runs. Personally, I don’t want to wait until 2009 for more Rescue Me.]
That said, we’ll see five-minute mini-episodes of the show starting in June. The eps are to air at 10pm EDT on Tuesday nights. Can I just hope that one is a hockey fight between Cam “Mungo” Neely and Denis? Wouldn’t that be awesome?
FX hopes that this project will keep the show on viewers’ minds during the unusually long hiatus. Denis Leary and executive producer Peter Tolan are co-writing the minisodes’ content, which was described as “comedic hijinks” by FX.
Hmmm … I wonder if the writers for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia might get involved. They write some zany sketches … but hey, Denis’s comedy routines are funny.
The release date for the Rescue Me Season 4 DVD is unknown at this point. Amazon.com does have its standard “we’ll let you know when it’s released” page up if you’re interested. As soon as I found out when it’s available, I’ll post it here.
[As expected, I’m seeing requests for this info on the Season 4 entry, so I’m posting this separately…]
After how the fourth season went, I wasn’t sure if Rescue Me would get another season. After all, every other season had seen a renewal before the previous one was finish, and then we went a few months before we heard anything about the show’s future. In that time, Andrea Roth has joined Lost [and has also done some guest starring work on Numb3rs]. But indeed, Rescue Me has gotten a fifth season, with a 22-episode order. It remains to be seen whether or not the 22 episodes will be aired at once or in two distinct seasons, as FX did with The Shield.
TVSquad is reporting some changes in FX’s lineup for the summer, which includes news about our belove Rescue Me:
Plus, FX has suddenly changed its mind about Rescue Me‘s placement on the schedule. This weekend, I told you that the premiere date was set for Tuesday, June 12th. Well, as of today that premiere has been bumped back to Wednesday, June 13th and Rescue Me will air on Wednesdays at 10 pm through the summer.
Now, my TiVo will pick it up on either date, but for those of you who make time to watch shows in real time, you’ll want to make a note of this. [Understand that the “10 pm” is the ET/PT timeslot and adjust accordingly.]
No release date for the season 3 DVD for Rescue Me has been announced. As soon as it is, I’ll update this entry.
Because all questions coming in to my old Season Three entry relate to this topic, I’m closing comments there.
: Amazon.com has a page up for Rescue Me: The Complete Third Season. There’s a place there to sign up for info as it’s known. Worth doing, I’d say.
: It’ll be out June 5, 2007, a week before Season 4 starts on FX.
According to TVIV’s page for Rescue Me, the fourth season will premiere on 12 Jun 2007. There’s still no definitive word on a release date for the season three DVD, but given when the first and second season releases have happened, I don’t expect it anytime before mid-May 2007.
Why the long wait? I think the fine folks at Apostle understand that we’ll slavishly buy the DVDs and watch each of the old episodes a couple of times before the next season re-airs, building all the anticipation that you need for a summertime-release show. If they put the DVDs out in time for, say, Christmas … well, you might not anticipate the summer show so much. While TiVo and time-shifting-via-DVR in general have made it far easier to stay current with shows—and kudos must go out to FX for re-airing each week’s episode multiple times before the next week hits—it’s just harder for a show that airs new episodes only in the summertime to get an audience, because of all the other things you could be doing on a summer evening besides planting your ass on the couch to watch Tommy, Garrity, Lou, and Franco, y’know?
: It’s my understanding that the show goes into production on Thu 8 Feb 2007.
: The premiere has moved back one day, as noted elsewhere on this site. And if you were looking for the season three DVD release date, it’s 5 Jun 2007. As TV-on-DVD releases typically happen on Tuesdays, it won’t move concomitantly with the timeslot change.
No, I don’t know when it will come out.
I don’t expect it before
March 2007, given when the first and second seasons have come out on DVD.
When I find out, I will edit this post to reflect that. If you have verifiable information, post it in the comments.
: Given a mid-June premiere for Season Four, don’t expect the DVDs out before mid-May or so.
So yes, my little entry on Season Three of Rescue Me made it a whole season without spoilers being posted in the comments, even after the finale on Tuesday. [My feelings on that? They largely mirror Jonathan Toomey’s [warning: there be spoilers!]: not enough resolution, other than the obvious ones you’d expect. They hit the three main A-lines and sorta left the B-lines askew. Unlike Toomey, however, I want Tommy and Janet together. Yes, that might make the show jump the shark, but honestly … this show probably doesn’t have 100 episodes in it without major cast overhauls.]
But enough about Season Three: so that everyone who comes here for Rescue Me news knows, our beloved show will indeed get a fourth season.
I’m sad to read that the wonderful Television Without Pity has dropped their coverage of Rescue Me:
Some fires burn too brightly. And some never really get past the embers stage. TWoP readers didn’t really take to the tale of a firefighter who was often drunk, irresponsible, sexist, racist, and homophobic, and therefore, it’s time to turn the hose on Rescue Me.
— TWoP Show Status page
I personally think that Rescue Me is as up-front and visceral as it is in order to present some social commentary in there. Evidently they disagree.
Janell left a comment letting me know that she’d spotted a start date of Season Three of Rescue Me of 30 May 2006. I have confirmed it, thanks to, of all sources, the Salt Lake City Weekly:
Denis Learyâ€™s effdup firefighters series Rescue Me, the best drama on television according to True TV, returns for Season 3 on FX May 30; the Season 2 DVD comes out May 9 for you tube-phobes who watch only discs so you can trick yourself into thinking youâ€™re watching a film. When it comes to adult shows made for adults, not prissy parental-watchdog groups (yeah, alert the Parents Television Council), Rescue Me canâ€™t be beat.
I concur. In honor of the release of the DVD, I have a surprise that I’ll announce here at a later date. 🙂
Thanks again, Janell!