PASADENA, Calif. — “Rescue Me” star Denis Leary returns to TV on Thursday, but this time the Worcester native is working behind the camera as an executive producer on the new Chicago EMT comedy “Sirens,” premiering on USA at 10 p.m.
We caught up with the always voluble Leary at the recent Television Critics Association press tour to talk “Sirens” and future projects.
Q. Did you have any reservations about getting involved in another cop/emergency-type show after “Rescue Me”?
A. No, not at all because my wife is an EMT so I’ve heard a lot of the stories. I knew the world was great. I had friends in New York that are EMTs. And Bill McGoldrick, who was one of the executives at USA when I took over the project, had a very close friend who was an EMT, so it was a really great marriage in terms of the material and what I’m supposedly good at.
Q. What does your wife think of the show?
A. She loved it. She came and visited the set. The day that she came [the guys were shooting] a huge, unbelievable argument about which first lady they’d have sex with and my wife is like, “That’s the kind of stuff we talk about at the firehouse.”
Q. What’s coming up next for you?
A. I have a pilot that I’m about to do for FX that I’m going to star in that I wrote, and I have a movie called “Draft Day,” which is a football movie, coming out in April and [“The Amazing] Spider-Man ” which is coming out in May.
Q. What’s the FX show about?
A. It’s called “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” It’s about a middle-aged rock and roll star whose never been famous. It’s a bitter Hollywood story, in the best way I hope.
Q. It seems to be a golden age for boundary pushers like yourself on television. If you had been around in an earlier era …
A. I would’ve been [expletive]. I wouldn’t have had a career, there’s no way. (Laughs) I’m a product of my environment.