With Rescue Me going into its sixth season this evening [FX, 10/9C], I had the opportunity to take part in a teleconference Q&A with series co-creator and director/co-writer of the season premiere, Peter Tolan, and Callie Thorne, who plays the not always totally together Sheila on the show.
Right from the beginning introductions, this was one of the most interesting, good natured, and unique Q&A’s I’ve been a part of.
The short answer to the question of Rescue Me’s [FX, Tuesdays, 10/9C] lead character’s chances of redemption following a near-death experience would be: none! This is Tommy Gavin [Denis Leary] we’re talking about – the firefighter who’s been in a downward spiral ever since 9/11. With only occasional breaks – enough to get to know that he’s a decent guy at heart [though it’s buried really, really deeply] – Tommy has continued to sink lower each season until, at the end of last season, his own Uncle Teddy shot him twice and left him on the floor of the crew’s bar to die.