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Denis Leary to the rescue

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The actor-comedian, 52, opens up about his plans for the show (now in its sixth season)…and his secret plot to kidnap Michael J. Fox

EW

What can you tell us about this season?

DENIS LEARY

There’s an episode in the middle that relates to [my character] Tommy’s drinking. A lot of pieces of his personal life come crashing down. That episode really kicks off our final run.

EW Is it true that next season will be the last — and that the finale will air around the 10th anniversary of 9/11?

LEARY

We’re shooting both seasons at once. We’re actually shooting the finale as we speak.

EW

So what happens in the end?

LEARY

The one thing I can say is that there is a final twist that is, in the true spirit of Rescue Me, both dramatic and comedic.

EW

Does the twist involve all the characters crashing onto an island?

LEARY

Strangely enough, it does.

EW

Is Maura Tierney [who recently battled breast cancer] rejoining the cast?

LEARY

There is a reappearance by Maura’s character in season 7. I can’t say enough about that girl. She didn’t care about hiding her treatment and what she’s been through.

EW

Is Michael J. Fox returning?

LEARY

No, he’s not. And I’ll tell you why: Because he won an Emmy. We were 0-for-6 with Emmys overall. And then Michael goes and wins. Like he needs another one! He basically said, ”Why would I come back? I won an Emmy already!” [Laughs]

EW

Aren’t you supposed to be writing a follow-up to your book Why We Suck?

LEARY

I am. I’m actually toying with the idea of holding Michael hostage and making him write it.

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