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Sirens: TV review

This Chicago-set comedy about EMTs likes its humor below the belt

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Photograph: USA NetworkMichael Mosley, Kevin Daniels and Kevin Bigley in Sirens
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Photograph: USA NetworkMichael Mosley, Kevin Daniels and Kevin Bigley in Sirens
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Photograph: USA NetworkKelly O'Sullivan, Michael Mosley, Maura Kidwell, Kirsten Fitzgerald and Bill Nunn in Sirens
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Photograph: USA NetworkJessica McNamee in Sirens
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Photograph: USA NetworkMichael Mosley, Maura Kidwell, Bill Nunn, Kelly O'Sullivan and Kevin Bigley in Sirens
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Photograph: USA NetworkMichael Mosley, Kevin Daniels and Kevin Bigley in Sirens
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Photograph: USA NetworkMichael Mosley, Kevin Daniels, Kelly O'Sullivan, Maura Kidwell and Bill Nunn in Sirens
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Photograph: USA NetworkBill Nunn in Sirens
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Photograph: USA NetworkKevin Bigley and Kevin Daniels in Sirens
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Photograph: USA NetworkEmily Peterson, Kelly O'Sullivan and Jessica McNamee in Sirens
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Photograph: USA NetworkMichael Mosley, Kevin Bigley and Kevin Daniels in Sirens
By Jessica Johnson |
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Premieres Thursday, March 6 at 9pm on USA.

After wrapping up his New York City-set firefighter drama Rescue Me in 2011, comedian Denis Leary returns to television with a new comedy series about an ambulance crew in Chicago. Partnering with Wedding Crashers writer Bob Fisher, Leary attempts to bring levity to a high stakes profession.

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At Eminent Ambulance Company Johnny Farrell (Michael Mosely), Hank St. Clare (Kevin Daniels) and Brian Cyzk (Kevin Bigley) are friends and colleagues who ride together. Johnny has recently separated from his girlfriend Theresa (Jessica McNamee), though the two have remained flirtatious friends. The fellas turn to veteran EMT Cash (Bill Nunn) for guidance on how to survive the rougher aspects of the job.

After years of playing memorable supporting characters and guest bits, it's nice to see Mosely finally get a chance to play a leading man. The actor has oodles of charisma and charm and it's unfortunate that the show fails to match his energy. The series gets lost in a wave of sophomoric humor about porn and penises that gets very old very quickly. The show expands its boys club cast by introducing some female EMTs, but their personalities are largely defined by their nicknames. Leary and Fisher's idea of girl talk involves women fiddling with their bras and breasts in the middle of a restaurant.

Despite a talented cast and Leary's comic chops, Sirens fails to reach its potential.

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