FX extends, nips 'Tuck'

Additional 19 episodes will be last for series

"Nip/Tuck" is coming to an end. FX has ordered 19 additional episodes beyond the current 22-episode season that will mark the plastic surgery drama's final season. The show will end its run in 2011, after a total of 100 episodes, with creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy signed on through the last episode.

That was one of several announcements FX president and GM John Landgraf made Tuesday at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton.

In the comedy arena, the network has ordered 13 episodes of a new scripted series, "Testees," to debut at 10:30 p.m. Oct. 9 following "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." "Testees," created by Kenny Hotz ("Kenny vs. Spenny"), revolves around two friends in their early 30s who earn a living as medical guinea pigs.

As for "Sunny," FX plans to produce 39 additional episodes, or three more seasons, beyond the 13 in production for the show's upcoming fourth season, which debuts at 10 p.m. Sept. 18. All of the producers and stars are signed on for all of the episodes.

In casting news, Landgraf said that Michael J. Fox has signed on for an arc on "Rescue Me," starting with the Season 5 premiere in the spring. He will play the wheelchair-bound boyfriend of Janet Gavin (Andrea Roth), the estranged wife of Tommy (Denis Leary).

Marcia Gay Harden is joining Timothy Olyphant and William Hurt as series regulars for Season 2 of "Damages." She will play a high-powered attorney. Meanwhile, Ted Danson is set to reprise his role as Arthur Frobisher for several episodes. (partialdiff)