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By admin Published: April 21, 2010

FX has set the return date for "Rescue Me" and the premiere of "Louie." Here's the official word:

Tuesday nights this summer are going to be a lot more entertaining as FX is pairing its Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated drama Rescue Me with its new comedy series Louie beginning June 29. The sixth and penultimate season of Rescue Me will air Tuesdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT leading into the premiere season of Louie at 11:00 PM ET/PT.

“The pairing of Rescue Me and Louie this summer will create an hour and a half of the funniest and most ruthlessly honest comedy and drama about men ever seen on commercial television,” said John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks. “We're thrilled by the quality of both these shows.”

Rescue Me, the critically acclaimed series from Denis Leary and Peter Tolan, is currently in production of its final two seasons of the series. The upcoming sixth season, returning on June 29, features 10 episodes. Rescue Me is slated to close out its remarkable run with nine episodes for the series’ seventh and final season in the summer of 2011. The final two seasons will deal with Tommy Gavin’s (Denis Leary) recognition of how deeply he is in need of rescue and how time is running out on his last chances for redemption. Rescue Me stars Denis Leary, Adam Ferrara, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale, Andrea Roth, John Scurti, Daniel Sunjata and Callie Thorne. The series was created by Leary and Peter Tolan, who along with Jim Serpico serve as executive producers. The show is produced by Apostle, The Cloudland Company and DreamWorks Television in association with Sony Pictures Television.

FX has scheduled 13 episodes for the premiere season of Louie, a comedy filtered through the observational humor of Louis C.K. Each episode puts a spotlight on Louis’ hectic life as a successful stand-up comedian and newly single father raising his two daughters in New York. The single-camera comedy is a mix of Louis C.K.’s stand-up comedy and scripted stories. Guest starring appearances include Ricky Gervais, Pamela Adlon and Bobby Cannavale. Louis C.K. serves as executive producer, writer and director, and Dave Becky and 3 Arts Entertainment are executive producers.

TV Land has ordered another sitcom:

TV Land announced today that it has greenlit 10 episodes of the original sitcom “Retired At 35” starring esteemed comedy and drama actor George Segal. The sitcom is a TV Land PRIME original production and is the network’s second venture into scripted comedy series along with “Hot in Cleveland,” which premieres on June 16, 2010. Chris Case (“Reba,” “Spin City”) is the writer for “Retired at 35” and serves as an executive producer. Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis (“Rita Rocks,” “Reba,” “Titus”) are also executive producers.‪

“It is so exciting for us to announce TV Land’s second original sitcom,” states Larry W. Jones. “We are thrilled to work with this very talented and funny cast along with a great team of writers and producers. TV Land is committed to bringing funny yet meaningful shows to our audience and “Retired at 35” is the perfect example of that strategy.”

‪In the pilot episode of “Retired at 35”, David (McClain), a successful young businessman decides to leave the rat race of New York City behind and move into his parents’ (Segal and Walter) Florida retirement home to reconnect with them, re-evaluate his life and live the dream of retirement that so many are working toward. While in Florida, David reunites with his best friend Brandon, (McDermitt) and realizes that his former crush Jessica (Bathe) is still as beautiful and elusive as ever. Living close by is David’s sister, Amy (Wilson) who has finally found a boyfriend Paul (Champagne). Other characters include Alan’s friend, Richard (Wyner) and David’s boss, Donald (Burns).

You can find a "Dancing With the Stars" photo gallery I especially enjoyed here.

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