Cheers to Rescue Me for going out in a blaze of glory.
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Even if you burned out on FX's FDNY dramedy several summers ago, you should not miss the final two episodes, airing Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 at 10/9c. They feature not only one of the most harrowing firefighting sequences ever committed to film but some of the finest writing and acting the small screen has seen in years.
First among equals, of course, is Denis Leary (who also cocreated the show with Peter Tolan), as Tommy Gavin makes one last attempt to extinguish the demons that rage inside him with the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaching. But it's a measure of Leary's generosity that the final two hours belong to John Scurti as Lt. Kenny Shea. A cohort of Leary's since the early-'90s days of Who's the Man? and The Ref, Scurti has long been the soul of Rescue Me. May he and his tortured-hero cohorts rest in peace... or at least syndication.
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