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TCA Awards Nominate 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:35PM
Critics tend to rave about dramas like 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Justified,' so it was no surprise to learn that all those awards picked up multiple nominations from the Television Critics Association, which announced its TCA Awards nominees Monday.

The Television Critics Association is an organization of more than 200 television critics and journalists, and this year, the group made some pretty unimpeachable choices.

On the comedy side, 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' and 'Community' picked up multiple nominations.

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Thoughts on 'Justified' from Executive Producer Graham Yost and Author Elmore Leonard

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 26th 2011 2:15PM
Raylan Givens fans are in for something of a dry spell. Now that the second season of FX's outstanding 'Justified' is over, we'll likely have to wait until early 2012 to see the U.S. Marshall again. The good news is that we'll also get a new Raylan Givens novel, appropriately titled 'Raylan,' from Elmore Leonard early next year.

At the Peabody Awards ceremony on Monday, Leonard spoke about the show -- the first television adaptation of his work to have both staying power and critical acclaim -- and I also sat down to talk with Graham Yost, the show's creator and executive producer, about what transpired in season 2 and where the show might go in season 3.

There are no spoilers as such in what's below, but it sounds as though the stories of Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and fellow Harlan, Kentucky native Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) will be even more deeply intertwined going forward.

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'Justified' Season Finale Review: A Great Show Gets Even Better

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 5th 2011 2:15PM
The magnificent season finale of 'Justified' had one flaw. Well, okay, it wasn't a flaw -- the season finale was actually perfect. I still reserve the right to be disappointed that the season had to end at all.

If you got hooked on the second season of 'Justified,' which is the leading contender for best drama of 2011 in my humble opinion, you probably would have happily spent another dozen hours with Raylan Givens, Mags Bennett and the story of vengeance that connected not only them but the many wily characters in their world.

Sadly, we had to say goodbye to the second season of FX drama on Wednesday night. But what a tremendous way to go out.

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'Justified' Mines an Embarrassment of Riches as Season 2 High Point Approaches

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 5th 2011 3:00PM
'Justified' (10PM ET Wednesday, FX) has created a big problem for itself: Its excellent second season isn't even over, but I'm already wondering how it'll create a character as compelling as Mags Bennett when it returns next year.

It's definitely a high-class problem to have, and who's to say Mags won't stick around beyond season 2? (Here's hoping.) But at least we know that 'Justified,' which won a Peabody Award and got a much-deserved renewal last week, will get a third season in which to further explore Harlan County and the life of deputy U.S. marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant).

For fans of Mags and the woman who plays her, the extraordinarily versatile Margo Martindale, Wednesday's episode of 'Justified' is a particular treat, though it'd be hard for the show to top last week's outing, which should have been titled 'And the Emmy Goes to Margo Martindale.'

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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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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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'The Office' Season 7, Episode 5 Recap (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 22nd 2010 5:30AM
Timothy Olyphant in 'The Office'['The Office' - 'The Sting']

There are generally two different types of 'Office' episodes. There are the ones where outrageous things happen, and that's where we get our laughs. And then there are the quieter ones where nothing out of the ordinary happens at all. Sometimes they're emotional or meaningful for one of the characters, as Pam and Jim's wedding was, and other times their job is to move the story forward, as when Michael had to say goodbye to Holly.

Humor is still found, but it's a different and gentler humor. Luckily, while this episode was 90 percent straightforward, there was one sequence of outright craziness that elevated everything around it. Surprisingly, though in context it was completely predictable, this moment featured Meredith at the center of it all.

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News Roundup: 'Bones' Courts 'Jersey Shore' Star, Dallas Roberts Joins 'The Good Wife' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 3rd 2010 6:10PM
Mike 'Bones' would love to have a certain "Situation" on its hands.

According to Ausiello Files, the Fox series is in talks with Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino to guest star on a 'Jersey Shore'-esque episode.

"We're trying to get The Situation to play a murder victim," series creator Hart Hanson told Ausiello. "A guido is killed and Booth and Brennan enter that world to find out what happens. We're not sure if it'll happen or not. Talks are ongoing."

In other TV news ...

'The L Word' star Dallas Roberts has joined the cast of 'The Good Wife' as Alicia's brother. According to Ausiello Files, Roberts' character, Owen, is a gay algebra teacher who winds up in Chicago as a visiting professor. Don't expect a lot of drama about his sexual orientation.

'Justified' star Timothy Olyphant will guest star on NBC's 'The Office' for at least two episodes this season. According to TV Guide Magazine, Olyphant will play a salesman who is very good at this job. Series writer, producer and star Paul Lieberstein (Toby), told the magazine that Olyphant's character steals clients from Michael, Dwight and Jim, prompting the gang to set up a sting to see what Olyphant's secret is.

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Boyd, Raylan Team Up on 'Justified' Season Finale (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 9th 2010 7:02AM
Boyd, Raylan Team Up on 'Justified'On the season 1 finale of 'Justified' (Tue., 10PM ET on FX), Boyd Crowder and Raylan Givens form an unlikely partnership -- especially considering Raylan nearly killed Boyd in the series premiere.

[Spoiler alert.]

Just as Boyd is about to fire upon his dad, mystery shooters take him out instead, and Boyd and Raylan run for cover together. Turns out it's the drug cartel after Raylan. They're willing to let Boyd go free, but he won't budge because they killed his father.

"You came here to kill your daddy yourself," says a confused Raylan. Explains Boyd: "You got to kill the two men that came after your daddy. You give me the same courtesy."

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Attempted Murder on 'Justified' Raises Stakes for Givens (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 28th 2010 7:46AM
Attempted Murder on 'Justified'On 'Justified' (Tue., 10PM ET on FX), someone broke in to Ava's house in the middle of the night, tearing through her bedroom in a spray of bullets. Since U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens was conveniently sharing Ava's bed, he took matters into his own hands.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Justified' - 'Blind Spot' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:30PM
Timothy Olyphant and Joelle Carter on 'Justified(S01E07) "I'm so very disappointed in you, Raylan." - Boyd Crowder after Raylan attacks him in prison

'Justified' has been running surprisingly low on its juicy, meaty main plot up until the closing minutes of last week's episode. It feels like a whole decade has passed since Raylan blew away some hapless schmuck in a posh Miami restaurant and landed in the middle of the last place on Earth he'd ever want to be.

It all came back this week with the mighty force of a tropical tsunami and it was worth the wait.

Batten down the hatches and get below deck because things are about to go from slack tide to choppy faster than you can say "Chips ahoy!"

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'Justified' - 'The Collection' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 21st 2010 10:29AM
(S01E06) "In the words of St. Francis, 'It is only by forgiving that we ourselves are forgiven.'" - Boyd to Raylan upon hearing that Raylen doesn't want to know about his father's misdeeds. "Ain't he the one with the birds?" - Raylan

I've been waiting with eager anticipation for Walton Goggin's character, the reformed bigot Boyd Crowder, to saunter back into Raylan Givens' field of view since the very first episode.

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'Justified' - 'The Lord of War and Thunder' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 14th 2010 1:03PM
'Justified' - 'The Lord of War and Thunder'
Ah, family. Probably the one thing Raylan didn't want to have to deal with upon his return to Kentucky. Unfortunately, a stakeout brought him to Harlan, where his father and stepmother live and operate. For the first time since 'Justified' premiered, we got a huge dose of the Givens family drama Raylan was running away from in the first place.

Can't say as I blame him. Family is always family, but if I had someone like Raylan's father Arlo to deal with in my family, I don't know how I'd handle it. Both Timothy Olyphant and Raymond J. Barry, as Arlo, did a masterful job of showing the layers of complexity in their relationship throughout the episode.

The hurt and frustration Raylan went through as a child never quite left him, and while there are traces of guilt and regret in Arlo, there's so much more of him that's never bothered to change and never quite will.

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