In this episode of Rescue Me, Tommy announces his intentions to quit drinking (again), and the idea is met with the usual amount of skepticism from his fellow fire fighters and family members. Tommy's attempts to get his daughter Colleen to do the same, however, end up turning Tommy back to the bottle yet again. Meanwhile, Tommy shares his vision of the afterlife with Lou, but Mike overhears.
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So much for "First, do no harm..." On tonight's episode of the FX laffer about divorced-with-kids comic Louis C.K. (11/10c, FX), our hero gets way more than he bargained for in a rip-roaring visit to his doctor—guest star Ricky Gervais!—an old high-school pal whose examination consists of a barrage of bodily insults and terrifying diagnoses...
In the Season 6 premiere of Rescue Me, Tommy briefly dies after being shot by his Uncle Teddy in the closing moments of Season 5. Before being revived, Tommy sees a terrifying vision of the afterlife that forces him to re-evaluate his life once he's out of the hospital. There's just one problem: Tommy's friends and family have pretty much had it with him, leaving him alone to sort through his troubles.
"Something that you saw scared the sh-- out of you, and I want to know what that was. Did you go to Hell?" — Lou
Chandra Wilson, LL Cool J, Jayma Mays
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Will Bailey's boyfriend Ben be back next season on Grey's Anatomy? — Sheena
ADAM: Jason George's role on Off the Map, Shonda Rhimes' midseason show, doesn't necessarily mean the end of Bailey's romance, according to Chandra Wilson. Whatever happens, she says the relationship is important for Bailey's growth. "How many of us go through long-term relationships that end and then you have to sit there and figure out what to do now?" Wilson says. "That's her journey. ... It was about that discovery and how it will change her personality."
Any scoop on the new season of Glee? — Amy
MICKEY: Jayma Mays tells us how she heard that John Stamos had been cast to play a dentist/Emma's love interest. "I got a text message from a friend and all it said was:
Denis Leary, Louis CK
If you're the sort that looks for role models on TV, then FX probably isn't your default destination. The network for bad boys (and the not-so-saintly women who often helped make them that way) kicks into high summer gear Tuesday night with the return of the blisteringly bitter Rescue Me (splitting its final season over two years, concluding in 2011 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of 9/11). It's joined this year by the not-much-sunnier comedy Louie, which premieres with back-to-back episodes.
Both are quintessentially New York series, finding extremes of very dark humor in the noise and grit and gutter mentality of surviving in the city—although in the case of Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary), the self-destructive wretch at the booze-drenched heart and possible soul of Rescue Me, many could argue that he may have been better off dead....
The sixth season of Rescue Me will premiere tonight at 10/9c on FX, but the cast has already wrapped filming on this season and next, which will be the last. So no wonder actors John Scurti (Lou) and Adam Ferrara (Needles) are feeling nostalgic.
Scurti compares the chemistry between himself and executive producer/star Denis Leary (Tommy) to some great comedic teams. "I don't know if it's the ghosts of Laurel and Hardy or Ralph and Ed, or Fred and Barney," Scurti tells TV Guide Magazine. "It just kind of works."
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It's fitting, then, that Scurti's favorite moment from the show is a scene between he and Leary from an earlier season....
Louie - Louis C.K.
For funnyman Louis C.K., having the final say in the production of his new FX comedy series, Louie, is key.
"When you have a writing staff, you have a community of people you have to convince of everything," C.K. says. "It's like being a dictator."
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The single- camera comedy, premiering Tuesday at 11/10c, features ...