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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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