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'Damages' Third Season Could Be Its Last

by Audrey Fine, posted Apr 13th 2010 5:24PM
With 'Damages' viewership down a whopping 46 percent from its first season, it seems less and less likely that the critically acclaimed but ratings-challenged FX drama will be back for a fourth season, despite discussions between Sony Pictures Television and DirecTV about the possibility of switching the series to the satellite provider.

The bottom line? Big bucks.
With 'Damages' viewership down a whopping 46 percent from its first season, it seems less and less likely that the critically acclaimed but ratings-challenged FX drama will be back for a fourth season, despite discussions between Sony Pictures Television and DirecTV about the possibility of switching the series to the satellite provider.

The bottom line? Big bucks.

According to Variety, a fourth season would have the cast and crew looking for a bump in salaries -- not a good thing when trying to become a lean-for-satellite property. Fans might hold out hope, however, as 'Damages' would certainly fit in well with DirectTV's testosterone-friendly fare of 'Oz,' 'Deadwood,' 'Brotherhood' and 'Friday Night Lights.'

And, Monday's DirecTV announcement that it had acquired David Simon's gritty cop drama 'The Wire' from HBO certainly points to the fact that the satellite company is hungry for new, quality, offerings.

Time will tell whether a deal can be reached, but until then, any actresses hoping to be nominated for an Emmy will just have to hold their breath to see whether or not the peerless Glenn Close will finally be out of the running. Deep breath, Julianna Margulies, deep breath.

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