Callie Thorne, Rescue Me
As FX gears up for the third season of its red-hot firefighter drama Rescue Me (premiering tonight at 10 pm/ET), count on Callie Thorne's Sheila to carouse and connive her way around the firehouse, causing a whole new set of problems for Denis Leary's Tommy. TVGuide.com chatted with Thorne to tease the new season (the first episode of which she had yet to see), find out what it's like hanging with the boys as well as guest stars Susan Sarandon and Marisa Tomei, and why she'd be willing to swing from
Question: Do you think that, given the chance, ABC would like to have Rescue Me on their fall schedule? Are the ratings good enough for them? I ask because the show is basically the same as The Job (including some of the same cast members), except with firefighters instead of cops. Granted, Rescue Me is a bit raunchier, but it's still basically the same show as The Job. When ABC canceled The Job, I always wondered what they were thinking.
Answer: Let's put it this way: Denis Leary is better off at FX. He can do his show and realize his vision without fear of network standards and practices, and he also doesn't have to worry so much about ratings. (Rescue Me has already been renewed for a third season.) The show wouldn't be the same on ABC, and while on FX it looks like a modest hit (I'm thinking its demographics are better than its overall ratings), on ABC it would almost certainly already be a goner. What makes you think the experience with The Job, which was ahead of its time but fa ...
Question: Calamity! Catastrophe! How, I ask you, will Rescue Me survive Diane Farr's departure? This show, currently on my must-see list, is one that I initially had to force myself to watch week after week. The male characters' collectively detestable behavior sometimes threatened to overwhelm the excellent acting, writing and directing. But the arrival of Laura made watching a treat instead of a chore. Not only did she balance out the guys' obnoxiousness, her presence allowed me to get more deeply involved with and sympathetic to the quandaries of Tommy, Garrity, Franco et al. Farr's Jan played much the same role on The Job, another Denis Leary show that, for all its high quality, might have been scream-inducing without her presence. What will losing Rescue Me's most likable character do to the show?
Answer: Let's hope it challenges the writers and producers to create another strong female character who can stand up to these guys and, as you noted, provide a fresh perspective on th ...
Question: Why exactly is Diane Farr leaving Rescue Me?
Answer: "There are five really good reasons," she says. Chief among them: Numbers shoots in Los Angeles; Rescue Me doesn't. "I moved to L.A. eight years ago, and I'm the only actress on earth to get two series [Rescue Me and ABC's The Job] in New York, so for five years I've been doing half a year here and half a year there. And I live with my boyfriend there now. It was fun to be [in N.Y.] beforehand, but now every single day that I have off I fly back." Also, "the [firefighter equipment] is really heavy," she sighs. "It's 65 lbs. of gear. I just finished a
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