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Denis Leary returns to FX for new comedy

Denis Leary returns to FX
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Fans of Rescue Me can rejoice. On Wednesday, FX Networks ordered a pilot for a new sitcom starring acerbic funnyman Denis Leary.

The show, titled Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, casts Leary as a 50-year old rock star whose career never really took off.

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll is a terrific script and concept with Denis Leary’s signature brand of comedy,” said FX president of original programming Eric Schrier. “Denis is a tremendous talent who played a major role in the growth of our network with Rescue Me, which was one of the most groundbreaking series of the last decade.”

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In the show, Leary's a middle-aged rock 'n' roller who desperately wants to be rich and famous. His early 90s band, called the Heathens, was on the verge of breaking through, but self-destructive behavior and heavy substance abuse torpedoed his dream. In fact, the group breaks up on the same day their first and only record is released.

Now, facing his own mortality, Leary's character is tasked with trying to reunite his bandmates and recapture his dreams of stardom.

The show is being produced for FX Networks and may ultimately air on either FX or comedy-focused FXX. Leary and long-time producing partner Jim Serpico are executive producing the project.

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