FX is renewing its hit drama series Rescue Me for a fifth season, and giving the show an expanded 22-episode order, well above episode orders from previous seasons (13 episodes).
Production on the show’s fifth season is expected to begin in early 2008, pending a WGA strike, and the season will be split across two separate cycles.
Producers Dennis Leary, Peter Tolan and Mim Serpico will all return as executive producers/showrunners of the series and all cast regulars are expected to return as well (acting alongside Leary are Michael Lombardi, Tatum O’Neal, Steven Pasquale, Andrea Roth, John Scurti, Daniel Sunjata and Callie Thorne.)
Courtesy Hollywood Reporter:
” ‘Rescue Me’ has always been the product of the unique vision and talents of Denis Leary, Peter Tolan and Jim Serpico, along with one of the best acting ensembles on television,” Landgraf said. “The show has been a great source of pride to FX and remains one of the cornerstones of our respected brand of original series.”
“To have all three original producers back for Season 5 is key; their vision and execution are what make this show a success,” SPT co-president Jamie Erlicht said.
Added SPT co-president Zack Van Amburg: “There is no better way to come back to a fifth season than with an expanded 22-episode order.”
Rescue Me‘s fourth season premiere this past June attracted an audience of 2.79 million viewers (1.9/3 HH rating/share, 1.4/4 A18-49 rating/share).
Source: The Hollywood Reporter