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'Justified' Scores Second Season Pickup

by Laura Prudom, posted May 3rd 2010 7:00PM
Justified - FX/SonyHold on to your cowboy hats, 'Justified' fans; it has just been confirmed that FX has renewed the Timothy Olyphant drama for a second season run of 13 episodes.

The critically acclaimed drama has been a consistent ratings performer since its March debut, averaging a respectable 3.4 million viewers per first-run episode. According to an FX press release, 'Justified' is basic cable's number one new show among men 18-49, and boasted the most-watched premiere episode in FX history, with its 4.9 million total viewers smoothly surpassing the 4.8 million record set by 'The Shield' in 2002.

"We are very excited about the tremendous, widespread acclaim that Justified has received from both audiences and television critics," gushed John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX Networks. "Graham Yost, Tim Olyphant, Elmore Leonard and their talented partners have crafted a uniquely ambitious and entertaining series which is everything we aspired to when we developed the show."

The series centers around Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a tough but soft-spoken lawman whose unique brand of justice puts him at odds with both his federal bosses and the criminals under his jurisdiction. The character was taken from the popular Elmore Leonard novels 'Pronto,' 'Riding the Rap' and Leonard's short story, 'Fire in the Hole.'

"This pick-up speaks volumes to the quality and collaboration on the series, and our unparalleled partnership with FX," said Jamie Erlicht, President of Programming for Sony Pictures Television. "The viewer response to Justified has been as enthusiastic as ours was when we first heard the pitch."

Six new 'Justified' episodes remain in the current season, airing Tuesdays at 10PM on FX. The season finale will air June 6.

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Key Rick

anyone else notice Tim Olyphant's strange gait? Really like this show, and his unique manner of walking is certainly not a distraction. Just wondering

May 04 2010 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Yes - I first noticed in "Deadwood." At first, I thought he was stiff, then I was under the impression that he didn't swing his arms when he walked... not that it makes a difference.

Deadwood and Justified were and are two fantastic shows. I wasn't a huge fan of his Deadwood character (I'll take Al Swearengen any day) but Raylan Givens is one of the best characters on TV today - a no-nonsense butt-kicker who makes me laugh every couple minutes.

While on the subject of characters, is there a better anti-villain actor than Walton Goggins? A year and a half later and I still hate Shane Vandrell. I'm sure Boyd Crowder is headed in the same direction.

June 09 2010 at 10:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rocco Russo

great news, good show, check it if you haven't yet

May 04 2010 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

great news. Love the show

May 04 2010 at 7:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Awesome show! Awesome news!

May 04 2010 at 5:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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