Denis Leary's Chicago-filmed comedy 'Sirens' to premiere March 6

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 12/09/2013, 12:24pm

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The new comedy series “Sirens” — television’s sole sitcom filmed in Chicago — has a premiere date: 9 p.m. March 6 on USA Network.

Based on a British show by the same name, the half-hour series comes from Denis Leary (“Rescue Me”) and Bob Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”). “Sirens” is part of USA Network’s push into the comedy arena, which includes its recently-acquired syndication rights to ABC’s blockbuster “Modern Family.”

Denis Leary, who starred as a firefighter on FX's "Rescue Me," will stay on the other side of the camera in his new series, "Sirens" on USA. (Photo courtesy FX)

Denis Leary, who starred as a firefighter on FX’s “Rescue Me,” will stay on the other side of the camera in his new series, “Sirens” on USA. (Photo courtesy FX)

“Sirens” follows the antics of a trio of Chicago EMTs who are more capable in the professional lives than in their personal ones. Sports-loving eye candy Johnny (Michael Mosley) leads the crew made up his outspoken and brutally honest longtime best friend Hank (Kevin Daniels) and eager new recruit Brian (DePaul University grad Kevin Bigley). The cast includes Australian actress Jessica McNamee as Theresa, a smart, independent cop sentenced to love purgatory with her ex, Johnny. Guest stars appearing in the 10-episode first season include Emmy winners Jean Smart and Loretta Devine as well as Bill Nunn, Lenny Clarke, Nora Dunn and John Scurti.

“Sirens” will debut with two back-to-back episodes that Thursday night following the mid-season premiere of “Suits.” USA also announced Monday that the eighth season of “Psych” will return at 8 p.m. Wednesdays on Jan. 8 and “White Collar” will be back from hiatus at 8 p.m. Thursdays on Jan. 9.

USA Network executive vice president Jackie de Crinis said in a written statement that “Sirens” and “Suits” make an ideal pairing for the net’s Thursday night line-up.

“As a top cable drama, ‘Suits’ has a huge following of young viewers making it a perfect segue to Denis Leary and Bob Fisher’s brand of comedy,” she said. “Both series feature sharp, witty banter from an ensemble of great characters.”

“Sirens” finished filming its season at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on the West Side in early November.