Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Television show of interest to scanner listeners 

There is a new series starting this evening on the FX channel called "Rescue Me". It will be based on a group of NYFD firefighters and while a fictional drama along the lines of "Third Watch" it looks like it has potential. The stand up comedian Dennis Leary who I happen to think is a pretty fair actor will play the main character. He was one of the main people behind getting the show produced and on the air. He had a brother who was a New York City firefighter that was killed in the line of duty in 1999 and has been working on the concept of the show since then.

Here is a link to a review of the show and a quote from Leary.


"After 9/11, so many politicians — including the president — were lining up to put their arm around the FDNY and making promises," Leary says. "But these guys still don't have a contract. Then here comes the 9/11 Commission, pointing fingers at the heads of the department because the radios didn't work. Well, the radios didn't work in 1993 and 1999 and 2001 — it's a joke. The firefighters know it. That's a battle they've been facing for a long time. It's unfortunate, but it's true. But they still go into the fires.

"These are New York guys who hate to be looked at as heroes but are dedicated to what they do. They'll be pleased to have us let people know that they're human beings, that it's a tough job and they don't do it for the money. A big part of doing the job is busting balls, and laughing in the darkest situations because you'd lose your mind if you didn't."

Note the reference to radios and the communications system. Unfortunately this is not a network television show so you will have to have satellite or cable to see it. Again, it is on the FX channel and premiers at 10:00 PM this evening.

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