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.
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...
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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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...
Walton Goggins and Timothy Olyphant, Justified
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 1 finale of Justified.]
Few were left standing at the end of Justified's bloody first-season finale, but among the survivors was Walton Goggins' Boyd Crowder, a character who has escaped death twice this season.
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In the finale, Boyd, who was originally intended to die in the pilot, survived a shootout between his friend/nemesis Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and two Miami drug-cartel assassins. Even though Raylan spent much of the second half of the season trying to put Boyd back in jail after he blew up a meth lab, he still lets Boyd give chase to an assassin instead of bringing him in...
Justified has been renewed for a second season, FX announced Monday.
The drama was the most-watched series premiere in the cable channel's history, attracting 4.9 million viewers. Since its March premiere, the show has averaged 3.4 million viewers, 1.7 million viewers in the...
Elmore Leonard with Justified star Timothy Olyphant
Elmore Leonard doesn't waste words on the page or in conversation.
So when asked what he thinks of Justified, the FX series based on one of his characters, anachronistic U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, the prolific author's response is simple and direct: "I like it a lot."
6 Reasons you should be watching Justified
For Leonard, whose 43 novels and countless short stories have inspired decades of TV and movie adaptations, dialogue has always been the key to the 84-year-old writer's success. And Leonard thinks that's one of the reasons Justified works.
"When he delivered the lines, the ones that I wrote, they were just the way I heard them when I wrote them," Leonard says of series star Timothy Olyphant. "That doesn't happen very much. They're sticking right to my sound, and I think it's really good."
FX's Justified is my favorite new show of the spring. And based on its premiere's big ratings, others obviously dig Raylan Givens' brand of gun-toting justice. A few reasons why the show (Tuesdays at 10/9c) is worth your time:
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1. Elmore Leonard Inspired It
Hollywood's love affair with the prolific Leonard has ranged from excellent adaptations (Get Shorty, Jackie Brown) to bad (TV's Karen Sisco and Shorty sequel Be Cool). Justified borrowed all the best Leonard elements (cool characters and muscular dialogue) for its pilot...
Timothy Olyphant, Justified
What would Elmore do?
That's the question Graham Yost (Boomtown) kept asking himself while creating Justified, the new FX drama based on one of Elmore Leonard's characters, Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens.
"It sounds so cliché in Hollywood to say I've always been a big fan of Elmore Leonard, but it's true," Yost tells TVGuide.com. "I always loved his writing, his approach to his characters, the humor, the danger, the tension, the sudden violence. It just all appealed to me. And I liked Raylan Givens."
Givens appears in two of Leonard's books — Pronto and Riding the Rap — and the short story "Fire in the Hole" on which Yost, the series' executive producer, based the pilot. Leonard's work has inspired such big-screen hits as Out of Sight, 3:10 to Yuma and Get Shorty.
The Givens character that Leonard created on the page — a modern-day lawman with a Wyatt Earp sense of justice — is ...