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Justified Emmy Nominee Margo Martindale: "I Haven't Gotten to Do All the Things I Can Do"

Margo Martindale

If there was one performance that earned almost unanimous praise from both TV critics and  viewers alike this season, it was that of Justified's Margo Martindale. So the fact that her riveting portrayal of Harlan County crime family matriarch Mags Bennett earned the stage and screen veteran her first Emmy nomination is, well, justified.

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"I'm truly beside myself with joy," Martindale tells TVGuide.com, giddy with laughter. "It's a whole new world for me. I've been nominated for a Tony, but this whole thing is just joyous."

Although Martindale says she never anticipated the waves of support and critical appreciation she received throughout the season, she instantly responded to Mags on the page... read more

Exclusive: What's Next for Justified? Our Burning Questions Answered

Timothy Olyphant and Margo Martindale, Justified

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about the Season 2 finale of Justified. Read at your own risk.]

Justified's second season finale, "Bloody Harlan," certainly lived up to its name. But even though there were shootouts that claimed the life of... read more

Jeremy Davies: Lost and Found on Justified

Jeremy Davies

With a domineering mother and his police-chief big brother looking over his shoulder, Jeremy Davies' limping, sneering Dickie may be the most put-upon of the backwoods Bennett clan on this season of Justified. But he's also the most engaging...
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FX Orders New Seasons of Justified and Archer

Justified, Archer

FX has ordered third seasons of Justified and Archer, the network announced Tuesday.

Justified, created by Graham Yost and starring Timothy Olyphant, is based on the popular Elmore Leonard character Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. After becoming the second-highest series premiere in FX history in 2010, Season 2 has averaged 3.9 million viewers and 2 million adults ages... read more

FX's Justified Hits the Mark

Timothy Olyphant

To hear Timothy Olyphant tell it, playing speak-softly-and-carry-a-big-Glock Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens on Justified is like shooting fish in a proverbial barrel. "I hesitate to say this, but I find the acting to be a piece of cake," he confesses. "Good writing is always pretty easy to do. Bad writing is hard to act, hard to memorize, hard to figure out what the f--- you're doing. When it's well written, it gives you a lot of room to play."

It's clear to the nearly four million Oly-fans who tune in to FX's adaptation of crime-novel mastermind Elmore Leonard's work each week that everybody involved is having a blast. "Elmore doesn't know how to write anything that's not cool," Olyphant raves of the Get Shorty/Be Cool/Out of Sight author. "When it really cooks, it's just a great job."

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Celebrity Watchlist: Writer Michael Connelly's Love of Castle, Justified Is No Mystery

Michael Connelly

After appearing on Castle twice, it may not be that surprising that The Lincoln Lawyer writer Michael Connelly names the ABC drama as one of his favorite shows. But there's more to his love for the series than a recurring gig.

"It's a fantasy version of what I do!" Connelly tells TVGuide.com.

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Indeed, the mystery author's most well-known work is his series featuring Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch — not unlike Castle's Nikki Heat series.

Castle isn't the only mystery or writing-influenced series on Connelly's watchlist, though. The writer, whose Lincoln Lawyer novel was adapted for the big screen by John Romano, also loves watching Californication ("the dark side of the ...
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Justified: Right on Target

Justified

On Justified, when two hillbilly thugs walk into a room with an ominous-looking bag, you know they're not toting the makings of a picnic. Anything might be inside: explosives, guns, a bear trap. For Timothy Olyphant, who stars on FX's crime drama as the low-key but deadly deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens and is now a producer, the secret to the show's rich yet unhurried storytelling is how it triggers the imagination.

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5 Reasons You Should Watch Season 2 of Justified

Justified

Justified returns Wednesday to FX with another heaping helping of deep-fried drama. Picking up mere moments after Season 1's finale — which saw U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) let his childhood friend-turned-church-bombing loose cannon Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) chase after an assassin who had just killed Boyd's father — the show wastes no time pitting Raylan against The Bennetts, a new clan of nemeses. But while Raylan carefully navigates the briar patch of bad blood that has existed between the Bennetts and the Givenses for generations, he also has to sort out his increasingly complicated sex life.  (And, yeah, he'll occasionally fire that sidearm of his.) If you didn't watch the first season, here's why you need to get on board... read more

FX Sets Justified Season 2 Return Date

Justified

Get ready for another season of gunslinging: Justified will return for its sophomore season on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 10/9c, FX announced Tuesday.

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Justified First Look: Margo Martindale Is Raylan's New Nemesis

Margo Martindale, Justified

Margo Martindale has joined the cast of Justified for the second season, TVGuide.com has learned.

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Martindale, 59, will play Mags Bennett, a towering figure in the Harlan County criminal world. She's the matriarch of the Bennett clan, which has had a Hatfield and McCoys-type relationship with Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and his family for years.

The Bennetts have been the biggest pot farmers in Eastern Kentucky for generations, and they were bootleggers before that. Mags is described as a defender of the old ways, and even at her age, she's more dangerous than ever... read more

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