Just days before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center the finale of Dennis Leary’s “Rescue Me” will be aired. A fitting ending to the comedy drama dedicated to the firefighters of New York City.
The Irish American comedian told the Boston Herald that they had hoped the finale would air on the acutally anniversary of 9/11. He said “It would be the perfect world, because there’s a natural sort of time totem there.”
On Tuesday (September 6th) the finale will air at 10pm on FX.
Now in its seventh season, the show explored the psychological and emotional effects of the terrorist attacks on the FDNY men as well as showing the comedic side of their personalities. This series aims to review the grief, rage and humor in Leary’s character, Tommy Gavin, and how the attacks continue to affect him.
One of the final shots of this show will be the FDNY boat, The 343, named for the 343 firefighters who lost their lives during the attack.
Leary said, “The guy who was in charge of the boat came over while we were filming ... He was just welling up with pride.”
A proud Irish American, Leary lost his cousin Jerry Lucey, a firefighter, in 1999. Lucey was killed alongside five other firefighters who entered a Worcester warehouse to put out a fire.
This week “Rescue Me” aired an episode which was Leary’s character, Gavin, and his crew in a similar situation.
He said, “That fire, I’m very familiar with the ins and outs…They’re so dangerous, what happened to my cousin and to the guys who died that night is something that began as a very simple situation and became very complicated. When we were in there shooting, we shoot with real flame and real smoke. There (were) a lot of hairy circumstances shooting that.”
Over the past months many have been speculating that the show will end in tragedy, but Leary said that FX President John Landgraf told him not to devastate the viewers.
Leary explained, “He was like, ‘Listen, you have to give viewers some hope after seven years.’ I hope we did it right.”
Here’s a promotional clip released by FX: