Sirens (2014 TV series)
|Based on||Sirens (Channel 4)
by Brian Fillis and
|Opening theme||"Again I Ride" by Tree Adams|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||19 (List of episodes)|
|Cinematography||William R. Nielsen, Jr.|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original channel||USA Network|
|Original run||March 6, 2014– present|
|Related shows||Sirens (UK)|
Sirens is an American comedy television series loosely based on the British series of the same name. The American version was adapted by actor Denis Leary and screenwriter Bob Fisher. The series premiered on the USA cable television network on March 6, 2014, and, in June, was renewed for a second season, which began on January 27, 2015.
- Michael Mosley as Johnny Farrell: a Chicago paramedic
- Kevin Daniels as Henry Isaiah "Hank" St. Clare: Johnny's openly gay paramedic partner and lifelong friend
- Kevin Bigley as Brian Czyk: a new paramedic recruit
- Jessica McNamee as Theresa Kelly: a Chicago police patrol officer and Johnny's on-again/off-again girlfriend
- Bill Nunn as "Cash" (season 2, recurring previously), a Vietnam veteran EMT who enjoys Twix and had his name legally changed to Cassius Clay
- Josh Segarra as Billy Cepeda (season 2, recurring previously): Theresa's police officer partner
- Kelly O'Sullivan as Valentina "Voodoo" Dunacci: an asexual EMT
- Maura Kidwell as Claire "Stats" Bender: an obsessive-compulsive EMT
- Kirsten Fitzgerald as Kathy "Mac" McMenimen: the crew's dispatcher
In June 2011, it was announced that Denis Leary and Bob Fisher were developing an adaptation of the 2011 British comedy-drama Sirens, created by Brian Fillis and inspired by Tom Reynolds's book, Blood, Sweat & Tea about the London Ambulance Service. Leary stated that he would not star in the series, but would take a small role, if necessary, in the future. In 2012, the USA Network sought to rush the developing Sirens to pilot status. However, a deal with Fox Television Studios was carefully being studied over VOD rights. The network was able to order a series pilot in June 2012.
The four lead roles were filled in October 2012, with the casting of Michael Mosley, Kevin Daniels, Kevin Bigley and Jessica McNamee. Production for the pilot began in Chicago that month. The network announced that Sirens would premiere in the first quarter of 2014 and would later state that two back-to-back episodes would air together on March 6, 2014, then resume normal programming the following week.
At the January 2014 TCA conference, Leary and Fisher stated that the producers of the British series approached Leary's business partner, Jim Serpico, and asked him to adapt it for the U.S.. Leary stated, "We really liked those guys, and USA [network] was pillaging the cast of [the recently ended] Rescue Me and putting them into shows." He added, "we can make some money off these USA people."
On June 11, 2014, USA ordered a 13-episode second season of Sirens.
Sirens scored 61 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 19 "generally favorable" reviews. On another review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 73% rating with an average rating of 6.3 out of 10, based on 22 reviews.
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