- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Farr to the ‘Rescue’

Actress Diane Farr approached her first day on the set of “Rescue Me,” FX’s firefighter drama, with uncertain steps.

Sure, she knew enough about the profession going in. Two of her uncles served as firefighters, and Miss Farr also had shadowed three female firefighters to prepare for the role.

What gave her jitters was entering a set where a firehouse-type of camaraderie was already in place.

“I was quite nervous. I could see that they were very close,” Miss Farr says. “I’ve been quite worried at different times. ‘You’re going to catch a lot of [junk], honey,’ a friend said.”

Her trepidation apparently has vanished.

Tonight’s “Rescue Me” (airing at 10) finds Miss Farr joining Denis Leary and crew as the newest firefighter at Engine 62, the New York firehouse where the show is set. Heads turn and the all-male crew threatens to revolt when the stunning brunette walks in.

Still, art doesn’t always imitate life, Miss Farr notes. Meeting real female firefighters, she says, taught her the prejudices in “Rescue Me’s” plotlines aren’t necessarily universal.

“The women I dealt with all were very respected by their crew,” she says. “[But] they were aware that those who didn’t know them wouldn’t easily be won over.”

“Rescue Me,” the actress says, represents Mr. Leary’s enduring fascination with the firefighting profession.

“He was a champion of firefighters before it was fashionable,” says Miss Farr, who recalls talking to the actor several years ago.

The show hews close to the real firefighting world, but actual firefighters still share their beefs with her about its depiction.

“It’s so close on so many fronts to what the job is really like… people get more annoyed with the stuff we take liberties with,” she says.

Miss Farr, who at 31 has several series to her credit (including “The Drew Carey Show” and “Roswell”), says working on a cable series — as opposed to broadcast — allows her far more freedom.

“We have a set where you can improv anything,” she says. “You don’t know where it can go. It’s great and scary.”

Roy’s tale of terror

Maria Shriver returns to her journalist duties tonight to speak with Roy Horn, half of the iconic Las Vegas act Siegfried & Roy, in the first full interview since he was attacked by a tiger last year during his act.

“Siegfried & Roy: The Miracle,” airs at 9 tonight on NBC.

Mr. Horn suffered significant injuries last year when a white tiger used in his long-running act mauled him. He later had a stroke and continues to recover — but resuming his performing life with his longtime partner isn’t being discussed.

Early Emmy winners

The big Emmy telecast will be broadcast Sunday, but a few early statuettes already have been awarded.

Sharon Stone and William Shatner were among the winners when the creative arts Emmy Awards were announced earlier this week, Associated Press reports.

The creative arts awards, held last weekend, recognized technical and other achievements for the 2003-04 season.

Both Miss Stone and Mr. Shatner were honored for guest appearances on “The Practice,” ABC’s now defunct legal drama. Mr. Shatner is reprising his character, attorney Denny Crane, in “Boston Legal,” a reworked version of “The Practice” debuting next month.

For guest actor and actress in a comedy series, the winners were Laura Linney for NBC’s “Frasier” and John Turturro for USA’s “Monk.”

Among the networks, HBO received a leading 16 awards, followed by Fox and PBS with seven each, and ABC and NBC with five each. The HBO drama “Carnivale” was the most honored series with five awards.

Honors for best comedy and drama series, best movie and other achievements will be awarded during Sunday’s presentation, airing at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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