'Rescue Me's' Denis Leary, Peter Tolan Spill Secrets About Series in Candid, Funny Conversation

5:00 AM PST 09/07/2011 by Lacey Rose
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Peter Tolan, left, and Denis Leary

The co-creators reveal to THR how the FX show -- whose series finale airs Wednesday night -- was almost a Toronto-filmed comedy on HBO, their hopes (and fears) for the legacy of the show and what's in store for the bickering pair.

RESCUE ME 101

  • $10 million+: Funds raised by Denis Leary's Leary Firefighters Foundation since it was founded in 2000
  • 3.4 million: Weekly viewership for the series on a live-plus-seven basis during the show's seventh
  • and final season
  • 182: Guest stars on the show, including Marisa Tomei, Susan Sarandon and Michael J. Fox
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