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Is 'Damages' Canceled?

by Gary Susman, posted Jul 6th 2010 3:40PM
Glenn Close in 'Damages'For all its critical acclaim and the Emmy-grabbing prowess of Glenn Close, FX's 'Damages' is not expected to be renewed for a fourth season. Still, a report in TV Guide declaring the show dead may be premature.

In his column on Monday, the magazine's Matt Roush wrote, "Where FX is concerned, it really is over for 'Damages.'" He cited the twisted legal drama's low ratings and high production cost (with its New York City location shooting and its big-name cast, which this season included Close, Ted Danson, Lily Tomlin, Martin Short, and Campbell Scott). "While season 3 was a vast improvement over 2 in terms of quality and story, it didn't draw an audience big enough to justify the expense of a star-heavy show filmed in New York," Roush wrote. "This was a business, not a creative, decision."

If 'Damages' really has been canceled, however, FX has yet to say so. "No announcement has been made," FX Vice President of Media Relations Roslyn Bibby told TV Squad today. She said she did not know when a decision on the show's future would be announced.

An announcement of the show's cancellation has been widely expected, for the reasons Roush stated, for nearly three months, ever since FX aired the season 3 finale. There was talk this spring that Direct TV might come to the show's rescue, the way it did for the similarly situated 'Friday Night Lights' (lots of kudos, few viewers), but that hasn't panned out so far, with insiders saying such a deal is unlikely.

At least the show has a chance to go out on a high note. The season 3 finale brought some closure to the characters played by Close, Rose Byrne, and Tate Donovan (fatal closure, in the case of Donovan's Tom Shayes). And when the Emmy nominations are announced this Thursday, Close's name is likely to appear on the ballot for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, and she could certainly take home her third consecutive trophy in that category for her portrayal of win-at-all-costs lawyer Patty Hewes.

Meantime, until FX finally says otherwise, 'Damages' fans can hold onto a slim reed of hope for a fourth season.

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Patty Frederick

please please keep damages on fx - it is one of the best, well written, thought out shows ever -you really have to pay attention and follow all the words, characters, etc - please do not let this show disappear!!

September 11 2010 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nissa

ksrocker: Never heard of a Tivo or a VCR? Geez, it's attitudes like yours that push networks to churn out mindless story/case/problem/monster-of-the-week crap which is holding back what makes tv shows nowadays stand out: serialization. There are a bunch of interesting and well-crafted dramas with great potential out there that are being dragged down by networks thinking they need to spoon-feed their watchers with a story that is neatly tied up at the end of the hour. If network execs would all schedule their stuff so you could comfortably watch something at whatever time and at whatever point story-wise you want to watch it, there'd be no such thing as intelligent and thought-provoking drama.

July 07 2010 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hashbrown_Hunter

I'm still hoping it won't get canceled, but in today's world I've learned not to keep my hopes up when it comes to renewing awesome shows.

If it really is the end, then goodbye Damages and I never regretted one minute with you.

July 07 2010 at 7:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DEE

First Saving Grace and now Damages. Is there no audience for quality TV. I am so fed up with reality shows. I could care less what the Housewives of NY,NJ or where ever the he** they are or Stupid moronic game show. I agree with some of the others here. TV in the U.S. is crap.

July 07 2010 at 3:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diane

Damages was great and I will miss it. It seems like FX really hits the mark with their dramas....too bad it only lasted a short while. Meanwhile, we have one season of Rescue Me left. BUT THANK GOD we now have JUSTIFIED!!!!!!!!!!!! What a fantastic show!

July 07 2010 at 12:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alisa

I LOVE THE SHOW. SMART WRITNG, SMART ACTING, GREAT STORY LINES. DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT GET RID OF 'DAMAGES' THE SHOW ROCKS AND KEEPS YOU ON THE EGDE OF YOUR SEAT!! I LOVE 'DAMAGES' LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

July 07 2010 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill

My life isn't organized to commit to watching a TV show every week, no matter how good it is. If this show had given us more self-contained episodes, I would have stuck with it longer that I did. Making the series availabe to watch online after initial airings would have helped a lot.

July 06 2010 at 11:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

First Better off Ted then Damages why must they keep canceling incredible shows???? this is one of the best shows ever !!!!

July 06 2010 at 10:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
L Smith

Glad to see it go ...now on with the others ..like Sons of anarchy...have waited far too long for it and Rescue Me.. thats what ended nip tuck ..people lose interest when you have to wait forever and they put these new shows on that suck ..Come on FX get with the program already

July 06 2010 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KH

PLEASE DON'T CANCEL DAMAGES. IT IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE SHOWS. LOVED SEASONS ONE AND THREE, TWO NOT SO MUCH. WE ARE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEASON FOUR. KH

July 06 2010 at 9:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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