FX stokes 'Rescue' with sixth season

5:00 AM PST 02/13/2009 by James Hibberd, AP

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The fifth season of Denis Leary's "Rescue Me" doesn't premiere for two months, but FX already is ordering a sixth round.

The network picked up another 18 episodes of the critically acclaimed show from Sony. The 22-episode fifth season, which was delayed by the WGA strike, begins April 7, about 19 months after the conclusion of Season 4.

And the newly ordered sixth season might not be the last.

"I believe this show will continue to maintain a level of excellence for several years to come," FX president John Landgraf said.

In addition, Leary is launching the Rescue Me Comedy Tour, an 11-city trek featuring the actor, fellow comedians and "Rescue Me" co-stars Adam Ferrara and Lenny Clarke. The tour includes a stop at New York's Radio City Music Hall on April 2, a performance that will benefit the Leary Firefighters Foundation.(partialdiff)
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