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Glenn Close Previews 'Damages' Season 4 on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 13th 2011 5:30PM
Glenn Close talks about 'Damages' on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'There's an old adage in show business that advises actors to never to work with animals or kids. Well, on 'Damages,' Glenn Close plays lawyer Patty Hewes, who is kind of an animal. And on season four, which kicks off Wednesday on DirectTV, Close works with a kid when Hewes is left to take care of her granddaughter. Close previewed the new season Wednesday on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

Regis and Kelly wanted to know if having a little child around would soften Hewes. "I think in some ways, yes," said Close. "Because if anybody knows her back story, she did, she had a little girl that she lost. So I think that has to bring up, you know, some thoughts."

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Review: 'Damages' Returns on a New Network With the Same Modus Operandi

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 12th 2011 1:00PM
'Damages' (10PM ET Wednesday, DirecTV's Audience Network) is on a new network -- its fourth season will air only on DirecTV, not on FX -- but some things about the show never change.

Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) is still an expensively clad, unrelenting near-sociopath, and her former protege, Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), still thinks she can imitate Patty's moves and not end up exactly like her. As always, there's a time puzzle that is introduced in the first episode of the season: We see events in the present day and a few months down the road, and eventually we'll see how those various occurrences weave together to form one narrative.

Some things do change on the show. Each season is anchored by a different ripped-from-the-headlines story, and -- this is big -- Ellen wears her hair down for much of the new season. Byrne's more confident performance is of a piece with Ellen's ever-so-slightly sassier hairstyle.

But the one enduring thing I like most about 'Damages' is that it's basically summer camp for character actors.

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Glenn Close on 'Damages' Season 4 and Mastering Patty Hewes

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 1st 2011 3:00PM
Glenn CloseShe's ruthless, cunning, manipulative ... and a doting grandma? What has become of Patty Hewes since viewers last saw her?

I took that question directly to series star Glenn Close at the premiere of 'Damages' Season 4 (Wed., July 13 at 10PM on DirecTV's Audience Network).

"She's at the top of her game, she has this huge suit against an international pharmaceutical company and she's going to win it -- and she knows she's going to win it," Close told me.

'Damages' begins three years after viewers last saw Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) and Patty together, and boy, how things have changed. Ellen has been picking Patty's brain about a huge case against Howard Erickson (John Goodman), the head of a private military defense organization.

"She and Ellen have been having these coffees and one thing leads to another," Close said. "She's kind of moved on."

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Glenn Close Sumo Wrestles Jimmy Fallon on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 9th 2011 2:46AM
Glenn Close, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'If you had a show and were going to have an actor of the caliber of Glenn Close on, what would you do? If you answered "dress her up in an oversized sumo costume and fight her," then you're probably Jimmy Fallon. And yet, it's hilarious to see these crazy things all the time on 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC).

In many ways, Fallon has created one of the most unpredictable shows on television. If you'd have told us we'd be on the edge of our seats during a sumo wrestling match between Fallon and Close a week ago, we wouldn't have believed you.

Even better was after the match when neither of them could get up without assistance. It wasn't as sophisticated a victorious moment for Close as her Emmy wins, as she had to celebrate this win flat on her back, rolling a bit from side to side. But the whole thing was certainly entertaining.

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Watch Glenn Close, Jason Alexander, Ricki Lake and Other Random Famous People Lip Sync 'Let It Be'

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 3rd 2010 2:40PM
Glenn CloseThe Norwegian TV station TV2 must have a GIGANTIC promotional budget, because there's no other explanation for how they managed to gather so many random famous people to lip sync a cover of The Beatles' 'Let It Be' to promote their 'Golden Times' program.

We're not actually sure what 'Golden Times' is, but somehow such luminaries as Glenn Close, Jason Alexander, Ricki Lake, Dolph Lundgren, Tonya Harding, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Roger Moore, Huey Lewis, George Wendt, Steve Guttenberg, one half of Milli Vanilli and SO MANY MORE PEOPLE got paid to shill for it. They even tracked down the little boy who played a young Forrest Gump.

No words can really do this justice, so please just watch the entire 6 minutes after the jump.

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Emmy Picks: Best Lead Actress in a Drama

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 22nd 2010 4:30PM

With the Emmy awards a week away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards.

On Friday, I discussed the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy category. Now come the categories for lead actress and actor, starting with the six worthy nominees for Lead Actress in a Drama.

Nominees:
Connie Britton, 'Friday Night Lights'
Glenn Close, 'Damages'

Mariska Hargitay, 'Law & Order: SVU'
January Jones, 'Mad Men'
Julianna Margulies, 'The Good Wife'
Kyra Sedgwick, 'The Closer'

Who will win:
The temptation here is to say that one of the previous winners, such as Hargitay or Close, will take the award because of the Academy's lack of creativity with their picks. But Margulies is a known quantity -- she's been nominated six times for 'ER,' both in the lead and supporting categories, winning after the show's first season -- and 'The Good Wife' was widely-watched enough to make me think that she may get the award this year. She carried the first year hit on her shoulders and did a great job playing the wounded but resilient Alicia Florrick.

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Canceled 'Damages' Gets a Reprieve from DirecTV

by Audrey Fine, posted Jul 19th 2010 8:30PM
Glenn Close in 'Damages'Just when those corrupt corporate bad guys thought it was safe to resume their dastardly business practices, comes the news that ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes will be back.

That's right, folks, as it has been rumored since April, 'Damages,' the critically acclaimed but ratings-challenged Glenn Close legal drama, may have been given the boot by FX after three seasons (although, an official announcement was never made) but DirecTV has swooped in at the last minute to save the day.

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'Damages' - 'The Next One's Gonna Go In Your Throat' Recap (Season Finale)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 20th 2010 8:30AM
(S03E13) "When I die, I don't want to be buried and put in the ground. I want to be cremated ... I want my ashes scattered here." - Patty to Ellen, as the two of them stand on the dock at Patty's cottage

If this is indeed the end for 'Damages,' it seems like a pretty nice way to go out. Sony is still in talks with DirectTV to work out a deal to save the show, and I can visualize it moving forward. But it would definitely be a re-boot, now that Tom Shayes is out of the picture.

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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.

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'Damages' - 'You Were His Little Monkey' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 13th 2010 3:14AM
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(S03E12) "I can only think of one. Turn the Tobins against each other, because we won't find the money unless we tear that family apart." - Patty to Ellen, after Ellen said there must be another angle they can play, now that Tessa is dead.


Hoo boy. You know the end of 'Damages' is near (next week is the finale), because a lot happened in this episode to tie things together. Not everything, but a lot. And I love how near the end, they put the emphasis on "3. Days. Later." If they'd used a drama button in this episode, it would have been there. Well, follow me after the jump and we'll see if we can piece this freaky puzzle together.

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'Damages' - 'All That Crap About Your Family' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 6th 2010 6:42AM
Damages, Lily Tomlin(S03E11) "I'm not your mother, Ellen, if that's what you were thinking." - Ann Connell

Well, my goodness. Louis Tobin's Ponzi scheme seems like small potatoes now, doesn't it? Joe Tobin was worried about having to live out his father's crime-ridden legacy? No worries on that; Joe's creating his own twisted legacy all by himself.

And Marilyn Tobin - gack! She's willing to waste her own granddaughter for the sake of what? A few bucks? 'All That Crap About Your Family' is a great title for this episode.

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Will 'Damages' Wind Up on DirecTV like 'Friday Night Lights'?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 3rd 2010 3:35PM
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There's good news and bad news regarding the Glenn Close legal drama 'Damages.' The bad news is that FX has real concerns about picking up the show for another season because of the cost. The good news is that Sony has turned to DirecTV to co-broadcast 'Damages.'

If this sounds like a paradigm you've heard before, you have. Currently, DirecTV shares the broadcast rights to 'Friday Night Lights' with NBC. That's how the Peabody-award winning program has remained on the air.

The fourth season of 'Friday Night Lights' has already run on DirecTV's Channel 101 -- a fantastic season by the way -- and NBC will give present the same episodes again for a much larger audience when the show premieres on May 7. (Of course, NBC could have chosen a night other than Friday -- one of the least watched nights of the week -- but there are fans out there waiting for this quality TV show.)

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Can 'Damages' Be Saved by DirecTV?

by Allyssa Lee, posted Apr 2nd 2010 2:24PM
Yes, it may be down for the count amid less-than-stellar ratings and no official word on its renewal. But FX's legal thriller 'Damages' may not be done just yet.

EW.com is reporting
that Sony is in talks with cable company DirecTV about teaming up to produce the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed and Emmy-winning drama.

If that is the case, DirecTV will share the cost of production for 'Damages'' upcoming season, just like it had done previously with NBC's 'Friday Night Lights,' another critically-acclaimed but ratings-challenged drama, according to the Ausiello Files report. And similar to its deal with 'Lights,' DirecTV will air the fourth season of 'Damages' on its 101 Network first, and then on the FX network at a later date.

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'Damages' - 'Tell Me I'm Not Racist' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 30th 2010 4:36AM
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(S03E10) "Your Honor, when I find the Tobins' money, nobody's gonna care how I did it." -- Patty Hewes to a judge who cautions her on working outside the boundaries of his courtroom

This was sort of an even-keeled episode of 'Damages,' in that nothing particularly earth-shattering happened. Well, I guess the escalating dysfunction of Lenny and his dad could be considered earth-shattering, though not unexpected. One of those two is going down, either physically (Lenny will send a thug to take out his dad) or emotionally (his dad will reveal Lenny's elaborate hoax of a life). I can't wait to find out which way it goes.

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'Damages' - 'Drive It Through Hardcore' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 23rd 2010 6:08AM
Damages, Glenn Close(S03E09) "We'll find Patty's humanity and we'll drive it through hardcore." - Gail Sturmer

What is up with that horse? In a previous review, I wondered if maybe Patty Hewes was harking back to an earlier time in her life when she wanted a pony. But it's hard to imagine Patty being so innocent and carefree and, you know, the pony-coveting type.

On the other hand, she doesn't seem like the bad guy when you put her in a room with Arthur Frobisher. Hence her comments when Frobisher, Terry Brooke and Gail Sturmer sat down for a meeting.

"The Arthur Frobisher that I know: foolish, vain, pathetically insecure, a despicable bully," she told the would-be filmmakers. "He stole from his employees and manipulated the system to escape life in prison with a slap on the wrist."

If there's anything Patty loves, it's seeing the bad guys behind bars, even if she herself manages to escape all of that turmoil for her wrongdoings.

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