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||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|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 Denis Leary, an actor, comedian, writer, director and film producer, and screenwriter Bob Fisher. The series premiered on the USA cable television network on March 6, 2014, and was renewed for a second season in June.
- Michael Mosley as Johnny Farrell: a Chicago EMT
- Kevin Daniels as Hank St. Clare: Johnny's openly gay EMT partner and lifelong friend
- Kevin Bigley as Brian Czyk: a new EMT recruit
- Jessica McNamee as Theresa Kelly: a Chicago police patrol officer and Johnny's on-again/off-again girlfriend
- Kelly O'Sullivan as Valentina "Voodoo" Dunacci: an asexual EMT
- Maura Kidwell as Claire "Stats" Bender: an obsessive-compulsive EMT
- Bill Nunn as "Cash", a Vietnam veteran EMT who enjoys Twix and had his name legally changed to Cassius Clay
- 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.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||"Pilot"||Victor Nelli, Jr.||Denis Leary & Bob Fisher||March 6, 2014||BDZ179||1.33|
|It is Brian's first day in the ambulance. Johnny meets Theresa for the first time since their relationship break. Hank and the crew discuss their emergency contacts.|
|2||"A Bitch Named Karma"||Michael Blieden||Denis Leary & Bob Fisher||March 6, 2014||BDZ101/S101||1.00|
|The crew gets called to a lightning strike at a church picnic. After discussing karma, they volunteer to teach CPR to kids, only to later be given Chicago Bears tickets for the exact same day.|
|3||"Rachel McAdams Topless"||John Fortenberry||Jim Serpico & Tom Sellitti||March 13, 2014||BDZ104/S104||1.08|
|The guys are asked by a married patient to clear his browser history on his computer. They find he visited a bestiality website and cannot get what they see out of their minds. Meanwhile, Johnny remembers that Theresa has his iPad, which contains porn sites he visited.|
|4||"Famous Last Words"||Michael Blieden||Denis Leary & Bob Fisher||March 20, 2014||BDZ102/S102||1.11|
|A patient resembling Johnny's estranged father dies and Hank forces his friend to reconcile, which could make things right in life. Meanwhile, Brian wants to find out who the woman is that the dead guy mentioned in his last words, after realizing it is not the man's wife.|
|5||"Alcohol Related Injury"||John Fortenberry||Denis Leary & Bob Fisher||March 27, 2014||BDZ103/S103||1.22|
|Johnny and Theresa agree to no-strings casual sex, even though he feels used and wants something more. Brian gets to perform an item from his bucket list.|
|6||"The Finger"||Jason Ensler||Spencer Sloan||April 3, 2014||BDZ105/S105||1.14|
|Brian attempts to woo the asexual Voodoo. Hank invites Cash to dinner with his mother (Loretta Devine) with surprising results. Johnny and Theresa spend the day with Johnny's dad and his newly-introduced little brother.|
|7||"Till Jeff Do Us Part"||Jason Ensler||Erik Durbin||April 10, 2014||BDZ106/S106||0.87|
|Hank gets invited to Jeff the Chef's wedding with Alejandro. Theresa has trouble with a wedding guest. Brian learns a new skill.|
|8||"Itsy Bitsy Spider"||Steven Tsuchida||Ken Rogerson||April 17, 2014||BDZ108/S108||1.27|
|Hank's fear of spiders is revealed. Brian meets his suicidal doppelgänger. Johnny's practical jokes on everyone get turned around on him.|
|9||"There's No 'I' in Cream"||Steven Tsuchida||Josh Lieb||April 24, 2014||BDZ107/S107||1.09|
|The EMTs recall strange events for potential new recruits. Meanwhile, Johnny tries to figure out who ate most of the expensive donuts he brought to the station.|
|10||"Shotgun Wedding"||Richie Keen||Erik Durbin||May 1, 2014||BDZ109/S109||1.15|
|When Theresa gets wounded in a shoot-out, she makes a long-term career decision to apply for the FBI. Not having much of a plan of his own, Johnny proposes marriage to her. She foresees an extremely long engagement, so he suggests doing it that day.|
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