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Q&A: 'Rescue Me' returns in summer

'Rescue Me' returns in summer

When is Rescue Me coming back on?

No date has been set for the beginning of the seventh and final season of Rescue Me, according to a spokeswoman for the FX Networks. But she did say the season will resume sometime this summer.

Rescue Me, starring Denis Leary, focuses on New York City firefighters grieving for their friends and relatives killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Leary plays Tommy Gavin, whose best friend and cousin is killed. Gavin has struggled with survivor's guilt ever since.

TV Guide reported that the last season will have nine episodes, and FX president John Landgraf told the Associated Press in January that the finale would be Sept. 6, 2011.

The date was chosen specifically for its proximity to the 10th anniversary of the attacks, but the network did not want to air in on Sept. 11, Landgraf said. "It seemed appropriate not to air it on the day because there are more solemn and appropriate things to do on the day," he told the AP.

When asked in a New York Times interview why 9/11 has remained such a central theme on the show, Leary said:

"Because it's firefighters. The show has been the story of the male ego, the heroic male ego. The idea of dealing with life and death every day, and that struggle to fit into real life when you work a job that has no real connection to real life, except in the sense that you may die five minutes from now. Or you may save a life.

"This event was so catastrophic for these guys. It's still below the surface, but they can't think about it every day because they have to jump on a rig and go back to work and jump into the building. But it's like Vietnam or World War II for them — it's something that will never go away."

'Covert Affairs' will be back

Is Covert Affairs returning on the USA Network or has it been canceled?

The spy drama will be back, with new episodes beginning this summer.

'In Plain Sight' has been renewed

I was wondering what happened to In Plain Sight. It was a show about people put in the witness protection program, and we thought it was interesting and novel.

The show about federal marshals working in witness protection, which also airs on USA Network, has been renewed for two more seasons. New episodes should begin airing this spring.

'Dance' auditions continuing

One of my favorite shows is So You Think You Can Dance. Is it coming back soon?

Coming back, yes. But most of the time it has been a summer show, and auditions for the next season are scheduled in various cities until at least March 1, so expect the new season in late May or June. By the way, Mary Murphy replaces Mia Michaels as a full-time judge.

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