There's a short preview clip of the new season up at FX's official Rescue Me site. No Kelly, of course, but still interesting. Scroll down to "Rescue Me Video Extras" and click on the clip that says "Life":
Season Six opens with a terrifying vision of Tommy's afterlife. His family, fallen comrades, and lost saves usher him into a world that is ghastly and all too real. Back on the outside, all eyes are on Tommy, making sure that this slip was his last. And with the memory of his hell haunting him, Tommy remains at constant unease.
Tommy's first day back on the job is a busy one, answering three calls on a single shift. After he rescues a priest from a burning church, Tommy hopes that he'll be offered some perspective on his brush with death. Unfortunately for Tommy, this priest isn't the sage Tommy had hoped he would be.
With funding at an all-time low, HQ puts 62 on the chopping block. The guys formulate a plan to gain local support, but Lou's medical condition threatens their hopes for salvation. In the end, Needles uses his leverage much to the dismay of Feinberg.
Colleen's drinking has gotten out of control in Tommy's absence. But when Teddy and Mickey try to teach Tommy a lesson things go from bad to worse with Tommy's eldest daughter.
Sheila can't handle Damian's decision to follow in his father's footsteps and orders Tommy to get him out of the brotherhood. Tommy reluctantly complies, but a heroic save stokes Damian's passion for the job. Mike and Garrity do right by a dying brother, Franco finds himself in deep with Janet, and Black Shawn moves things forward with Colleen.
I found a new article from TV Guide re: Rescue Me's final seasons on Twitter this afternoon (it had a pic of Denis and Maura from last season). This is the only mention of Maura:
Speaking of the future, the final seasons will deal with Tommy Gavin, Denis Leary's monumentally screwed up anti-hero trying to put the pieces of his life back together, reveals a network source. "It's a question of can this guy find redemption?" The relationship among the house's squad, what Scurti calls "the nuclear firefighting family," won't be forgotten. Look for "lots of kitchen scenes with the guys hanging out," promises Lombardi. The show's resident women, including Tommy's pregnant sometime wife Janet (Andrea Roth) will be joined in season 7 by a returning Maura Tierney and Emily (newcomer Cody Horn), Sean's new love interest.
Exclusive: Maura Tierney's Character on Rescue Me Will Battle Cancer Aug 31, 2010 03:06 PM ET by Adam BryantBe the first to leave a comment
Maura TierneyWhen Maura Tierney returns in the final season of Rescue Me, her character will be battling cancer, the disease Tierney was recently treated for in real life, the show's co-creator tells TVGuide.com.
After Tierney received a clean bill of health, Rescue Me co-creators and executive producers Denis Leary and Peter Tolan approached the 45-year-old actress about portraying her character, Kelly McPhee, in the middle of receiving cancer treatment. After some thought, she agreed, Tolan said.
Tolan says Tierney, who will appear with what he calls a "buzz cut," even helped fine-tune the story.
"We wrote like dopes. We haven't had cancer, and we wrote stuff that was a touch melodramatic perhaps," Tolan says. "She got me on the phone one time, and we had the most fascinating conversation. She tried to explain to me what it felt like and what was going through her mind. ... It actually took me a long time to figure out what she was saying."
McPhee was first introduced in the FX drama's fifth season. She memorably ran into a burning building to retrieve an important box and later bonded with Tommy (Leary) because both of them had lost children. Kelly's cancer allows for a different kind of bond with Tommy this time around, Tolan says.
"It's about survival and anger— it is anger at survival," Tolan says of the new story line. "That was one of the things that Maura said. Even though she got a clean bill of health, her initial response was not relief. It was anger and, 'Why did I have to go through that?' And that fits right into Tommy's, 'Why did I have to experience what I've experienced? Wouldn't it have been easier to just die than to go forward in fear?'
"I don't think Maura feels like she's got anything hanging over her head, but Tommy does, and that may be the difference between the two of them," Tolan says.
Tierney had a tumor removed from her breast in 2009, and dropped out of NBC's Parenthood to continue treatment. She has since appeared in New York and Los Angeles productions of the play North Atlantic, and will star as a lawyer in ABC's new legal drama The Whole Truth.
Tierney's reps did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but Tolan applauds Tierney's bravery. "[Maura] got well and then went back and played someone who was sick," he says. "She relived her illness for the show and the character. That's balls, right there."
Rescue Me's Season 6 finale airs Tuesday at 10/9c. The seventh and final season will begin in 2011.
Here's a similar article but with a bit more talking about how Kelly's storyline might end and about Maura being able to play this part. It looks like the writer also likes Kelly Mc.Phee:
While Maura Tierney may be cancer free, it seems her character on Rescue Me isn’t so fortunate. Word is, when Tierney’s character Kelly returns in the FX series’ final season, she’ll be battling cancer.
TV Guide posted the news, stating that Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan informed them that Tierney agreed to this twist in her character’s fate. According to what TV Guide reported, they waited until Tierney successfully beat breast cancer before approaching her about the idea they had for her character and after some thought, she agreed to it.
If you’re wondering whether or not Tierney had any input in how her character might handle a struggle with cancer, she definitely did. Series co-creator Peter Tolan said the following:
"We wrote like dopes. We haven't had cancer, and we wrote stuff that was a touch melodramatic perhaps. She got me on the phone one time, and we had the most fascinating conversation. She tried to explain to me what it felt like and what was going through her mind. ... It actually took me a long time to figure out what she was saying."
As unfortunate as it is that Tierney had to endure cancer, it sounds like she’s found a way to use the experience toward something that could reach people on an emotional level. Yes, Rescue Me is “just a TV show,” but in terms of human drama and attempting (and sometimes failing) to find the silver lining in even the most dismal circumstances, Rescue Me is among the best and most realistic. Rescue Me is a show that digs deep into the hardships of a job that’s not only physically grueling but also emotionally brutal for some and I expect the same could be said to describe cancer. If there’s any show out there that can handle the subject, it’s this one and Tierney’s more than enough actress to handle the part.
The only concern I have in terms of the plot of the show, is for Tommy Gavin, who has already lost so much. The thought that Kelly’s story might end on a sad note, much like so many other people in Tommy’s life doesn’t exactly make me smile. I think Kelly might be my favorite of Tommy’s emotional-baggage-toting romantic entanglements. Is it too much to hope she’ll have a happy ending?
Tierney’s admirers will be very thrilled to watch Rescue Me season 7 episode 1 online.
Does this mean Maura would already appear in episode 1 of the final season?
More nice words about Maura:
Further Tolan said, that Maura’s character in the new story will be about survival and anger. It will be like why me? And why only she has to experience the pain? We all know, that Tierney is a talented actress, so playing the role, she herself has experienced will be real. In the end, final season of the show would be a masterpiece, which will be graced with Tierney’s talent.
Post by juniormauraTfan on Apr 29, 2011 3:58:19 GMT 10
Wow..thank you so much.. She's so pretty and so courageous Can't stop watching those 3 seconds...and I can't wait to see her finally..
There are women who make things better, simply by showing up. There are women who make things happen. Women who make their way. Women who make a difference & women who make us smile. There are women of wit & wisdom who - through strength & courage -make it through. Women like Maura Tierney.