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Talking TV Podcast Checks In on 'Breaking In,' 'The Killing' and 'Justified'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 5th 2011 1:00PM
This week's on the Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan podcast, Ryan McGee and I discuss a Fox show that premieres Wednesday, go in-depth on an AMC show that premiered Sunday and check in on one of 2011's most satisfying dramas.

If you're wondering whether Christian Slater can still work that '80s charm in his new comedy, 'Breaking In,' if you really dug the debut of 'The Killing' and you want to hear us talk about our favorite parts of the premiere, or if you're merely a fan of 'Justified,' this week's podcast is made for you.

Running times for the various discussions are below.

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Marshal Givens Trapped by a Sniper With His Family on 'Justified' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 31st 2011 8:23AM
'Justified' - 'The Spoil'It seems like every other week or so on 'Justified' (Wed., 10PM ET on FX), US Marshal Raylan Givens is trapped by some kind of sharpshooter or sniper. But never one quite so whiny as this week's shooter. Also new was being trapped in the house with his family.

That's a relationship that's strained at best, largely due to the fact that Raylan works on the side of the law, and his father notoriously does not. In fact, it's the ankle monitor Arlo has to wear because of his past indiscretions that led the shooter to them.

Lucky for Helen, Raylan is fast on his feet, as she was in the eye of the scope when he finally tracked down the shooter, who immediately started whining and complaining and swearing she was alone. It's a good thing, too, because there was no cell phone reception and the house phone was out.

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FX Scoop: Elijah Wood's Talking Dog, 'It's Always Sunny' Gets Musical Again, Plus More 'Justified' and 'Sons of Anarchy'

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 30th 2011 2:45PM


See that photo? Sadly, it's probably as close as we'll get to our dream of a 'Justified'-meets-'Sons of Anarchy' crossover episode.

But there were plenty of other things to be excited about from last night's FX upfront presentation at the Lucky Strike Lanes in New York, which the network combined with bowling, libations, yummy snacks and an impressive lineup of the FX talent.

Earlier in the day, the network confirmed a third-season pickup for Wednesday-night drama 'Justified,' as well as a third season for animated spy comedy 'Archer.' Casts of both shows were in attendance at the upfront Tuesday night, along with the entire cast of 'Sons of Anarchy,' the male contingent of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' Louis C.K. from 'Louis,' the cast of 'The League' and John Scurti from 'Rescue Me.'

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'Justified' Star Margo Martindale on Mags Bennett & What's Really in the 'Apple Pie' Jars

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 30th 2011 1:15PM
Hands down, 'Justified' gets my vote as the best show on TV this season. The FX drama has shown absolutely no signs of a sophomore slump, with storylines that continue to explore the complexities of life in small-town Kentucky and U.S. marshal Raylan Givens' (the Emmy-worthy Timothy Olyphant) ongoing struggle to find out whether or not he fits in in his old stomping grounds.



A couple more performances Emmy voters should note: Walton Goggins, who continues to be fascinating to watch as Raylan's frenemy Boyd Crowder, and this season's big scene-stealer, newbie cast member Margo Martindale as moonshiner Mags Bennett, Harlan County's answer to Tony Soprano.

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FX Renews 'Justified,' 'Archer'

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 29th 2011 5:19PM
JustifiedFX isn't KOing all of its shows -- the cable network has picked up 'Justified' and 'Archer' for third seasons.

'Justified' will return for a 13-episode run

"'Justified' was a critically acclaimed hit series in its first season, but the show has far surpassed our expectations this season," John Landgraf, president and general manager of FX, said in a statement. "Creatively, the show is on a roll. The performances of Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Margo Martindale and the entire cast are extraordinary.

"Graham Yost and his team of writers are delivering some of the richest stories anywhere on TV and are doing a brilliant job of being true to Elmore Leonard's original character, Raylan Givens," he said. "We couldn't be more proud of the work everyone has done."

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'Wonder Woman' Finds Its Steve Trevor, 'Justified' Nears Season 3 Deal and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 25th 2011 11:45AM
Justin Bruening, Wonder Woman'Wonder Woman' has found its Steve Trevor.

Justin Bruening, the star of NBC's 'Knight Rider' reboot, has signed to play the former main squeeze of Adrianne Palicki's Wonder Woman.

According to TVLine, Bruening's Steve Trevor works for the Justice department and had a past relationship with Wonder Woman.

Lyle Waggoner played the part in the 1970s TV series starring Lynda Carter.

In other TV news ...

'ER' veteran Scott Grimes will guest star on 'NCIS.' Grimes will play DiNozzo's former partner, Detective Danny Price. [Entertainment Weekly]

'Justified' is close to a season 3 deal at FX. Executives are reportedly happy with the performance of the drama and a deal could be closed by the network's upfront presentation on Tuesday. [Deadline]

'Outsourced' executive producer Robert Borden said he thinks the series' renewal chances are good. "I feel really good about where we are creatively with the show ... We're finishing strong," he said. "As far as what the network thinks, I know they're happy. But they've got to look at all their pilots. So I think it's something we'll be talking about in May." [LA Times]

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'Justified': Marshal Givens Calmly Thwarts Some Stupid Bank Robbers (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 17th 2011 5:25AM
Givens Thwarts Robbers on 'Justified'U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens keeps his cool in every situation. This time on 'Justified' (Wed., 10PM ET on FX), he finds himself confronted with two would-be bank robbers.

One tells him, "We're waiting for the armored car to get here from the Keenan Race Track. When it gets here, we're gonna take our money and be on our way. Otherwise I'm gonna have to huff and puff." He threatens blowing up the bank (and everyone inside) with a flick of his coat that reveals explosives strapped to his torso.

Givens turns to the robber's sidekick and says calmly, "OK. Clearly you are the smart one. I'm hoping you know what to do now." The man raises his hands in surrender and lies flat on the floor.

"You know where I'm from, [beep]?" Givens asks the remaining crook. "Harlan County." He punches him to the floor and quips, "Down there, we know the difference between dynamite and road flares."

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US Marshall Raylan Givens Gets Tazered, But Not Taken Down, on 'Justified' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 10th 2011 2:11AM
'Justified' - 'Cottonmouth'There's a reason that officers of the law often get tazered as part of their officer training. You never know when you might experience the wrong end of one during the regular course of your profession. US Marshall Raylan Givens got a shocking surprise on 'Justified' (Wed., 10PM ET on FX), but it was nothing to what his assailant got.

Raylan approached a known forger regarding some fraudulent checks. The man tried to talk his way out of it, but when it looked like that wasn't going to work, he went with a more aggressive tactic.

Feigning needing his glasses, he produced a taser and gave Givens a shock to the stomach. Unfortunately for the man, it wasn't enough to take Givens down. In fact, Raylan was strong enough to turn the taser on its owner, only he wasn't as kind in choosing his location.

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'Justified' Season 2, Episode 1 (Season Premiere) Recap

by Piet Levy, posted Feb 10th 2011 5:55AM
'Justified' S02/E01['Justified' - 'The Moonshine War']

"It's good to see you Dickey."
"You too Raylan. You too. You and your hat."


Dickey, you ain't the only one happy to see Raylan Givens, or the U.S. marshal's cowboy hat. I've been anxiously awaiting the season two start of 'Justified' for many a month now, eager to put on my special 'Justified' cowboy hat (a gift from my grandpappy), which has been collecting dust in my closet ever since Season 1 wrapped up last spring.

But the hat is back on, and so is one of the cleverest, most enjoyable shows on TV, which introduced a few colorful new characters.

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Review: 'Justified' Packs Many Pleasures Into Its Second Season

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 9th 2011 1:45PM
TV critics say this a lot, but in the case of 'Justified' (10PM ET Wednesday, FX), it's really true: You can jump in to the second season of this show without having seen the first one.

Sure, once you dive in to season 2 of this distinctive drama, you may want to go back and watch the previous adventures of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). But it would pain me to think anyone would deny themselves the many pleasures of 'Justified' on the assumption that there's a grand mythology viewers must know before watching the show. That's not the case.

"You pull on me, I'll put you down." That's Raylan's simple philosophy, which he frequently shares with hard-luck lawbreakers and other desperate types.

The great thing about 'Justified' is that even though Raylan's worldview is pretty easy to summarize, the show in which he stars isn't even remotely simplistic or formulaic. 'Justified' manages to be both a loose, colorful evocation of the fictional world created by Elmore Leonard (the novelist who first gave life to Raylan) and a deceptively complex drama that manages to keep the audience guessing without being precious or off-putting.

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Timothy Olyphant Met 'Glee' Creator Ryan Murphy And Wasn't Asked If He Could Sing (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 9th 2011 4:04AM
Timothy Olyphant, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'Timothy Olyphant had something to get off his chest, and 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' (Weeknights, 12:35AM ET on NBC) was his chosen forum. Apparently, the 'Justified' actor met 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy at the Super Bowl and was none too pleased with the reception he received.

"He was super nice, and I remember saying nice things to him and not once did he ask me if I knew how to sing," Olyphant said. He went on a rant about how Murphy should have asked him. After all, Olyphant said he liked 'Glee.'

He thinks he should have been asked, even if Murphy was insincere about it. "I was faking it," he admitted. "I haven't even seen the show."

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'Justified' Creator Graham Yost Talks Raylan, Boyd and Season 2 Feuds

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 8th 2011 11:15AM
At the end of my interview with 'Justified' executive producer Graham Yost, an unexpected thing happened. He brought up 'Psych.'

Don't worry, the second season of 'Justified,' which arrives at 10PM ET Wednesday on FX, is not an homage to the USA show about a fake psychic. In its second season, 'Justified' is better than ever; it's still a rich and intoxicating blend of shaggy yet taut storytelling, sterling dialogue and terrific acting. The FX show remains deeply embedded in the world created by Elmore Leonard (who wrote the stories on which 'Justified' is based), and U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is not heading to Santa Barbara to visit Shawn Spencer.

But as Yost and I were wrapping up our chat, I said that I looked forward to watching 'Justified' because it's, well, fun.

"That's the whole goal," Yost answered with a smile.

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'Top Chef Just Desserts' Back for Season 2, USA Announces 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' Premiere Date and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 3rd 2011 7:00PM
Top Chef Just DessertsIn the mood for something sweet?

Bravo has ordered a second season of 'Top Chef Just Desserts,' the network announced today. There's no word on when the show will actually shoot (or air), nor is there word on whether everyone from season 1 will be back to host/judge/mentor.

Budding pastry chefs, take note: Bravo will hold open casting calls across the country from Feb. 27 until March 14.

In other TV news ...

Kevin Williamson's new CW pilot, a 'Vampire Diaries' companion series, has been put on hold. Instead, the writer will now serve as an executive producer on the network's 'Secret Circle' pilot, about a teenage girl who discovers she is a witch. The project is also based on an L.J. Smith book. [Deadline]

A stunt woman was injured on the set of 'Justified' yesterday. She reportedly suffered from a "simple accident" (no gun misfires or anything) and is in serious but not critical condition. [Entertainment Weekly]

USA announced spring premiere dates for two of its original series. 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' will return for its tenth and final season on May 1, along with season 4 of 'In Plain Sight.' [Deadline, TV Line]

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'The Chicago Code' and 'Justified'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 3rd 2011 1:45PM
There are only two shows discussed in this week's Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan podcast, but I think you'll agree they're worth talking about in depth.

In the first 28 minutes of the podcast, we talked about 'The Chicago Code,' a good, new Shawn Ryan drama that premieres 9PM ET Monday on Fox (look for my review and a feature about the show in the next day or so).

In the second half (about 26 minutes), Ryan McGee and I gabbed about 'Justified,' a very good show that has gotten even better in its second season, which begins 10PM ET Wednesday on FX.

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'Justified' Season 2 Gets Premiere Date

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 21st 2010 3:30PM
'Justified'After getting majorly snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Screen Actors Guild, 'Justified' is returning with a vengeance.

The western will debut its second season on Wed., Feb. 9 at 10PM ET, FX announced today. That means just one and a half more months stand between us and Timothy Olyphant's giant cowboy hat.

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