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FX's 'Damages,' 'Rescue Me' return in 2009 -- at earliest

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Close_lThe 100-day writers’ strike is becoming a distant nightmare, but not every network has fully recovered. FX, for instance, has yet to announce return dates for summer mainstays Rescue Me and Damages. Nor has it decided whether to order third seasons of The Riches and Dirt, both of which just finished poorly-rated seasons. “It’s a combination of the strike having us scrambling, and trying to figure out what shows are compatible where,” says FX President John Landgraf. He predicts a January return (at the earliest) for Damages, which stars Glenn Close (pictured), and a spring berth for Rescue Me. Now for the good news: Fans of the Denis Leary firefighter series can get a fix this summer by watching 10 five-minute original “minisodes” in the show’s usual summer slot. And The Shield returns for its final season Sept. 2.