Mr. McCormack, tell us about your mother. Three weeks after he caught Taxi vet Judd Hirsch playing the title role in an L.A. production of the play Freud's Last Session, Eric McCormack received a script for his TNT drama Perception that finds his character, Pierce, hallucinating conversations with the famed psychoanalyst. McCormack, also a producer on the series, immediately reached out to Hirsch to play the role in the August 27 episode.
Cult-favorite Comedian Marc Maron has spent the past four years quietly delving into celebrity psyches on his chat-show podcast WTF (wtfpod.com). Starting Friday, the 49-year-old curmudgeon is analyzing himself in the new IFC series Maron (Fridays, 10/9c), a dark comedy closely based on his own life. Brace yourself for his bipolar father (Judd Hirsch), a dead possum, a dominatrix and a horde of cameos by the likes of Denis Leary, Aubrey Plaza and Adam Scott.
Cheers to Judd Hirsch getting back into the fast lane with Damages.
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When Damages returns Wednesday (at 10 on DirecTV) for its fourth season, Patty Hewes will be alone and seeing a shrink, while Ellen Parsons takes aim at her first big case against a powerful private military contractor.
Turns out three long years have passed and much has changed since that day on the dock in the third season finale when Ellen asked Patty: "Was it all worth it?" Series executive producers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler and Daniel Zelman say it's a question that will continue to be answered by both women throughout the season. They talk to TVGuide.com about the changes in Patty, why Ellen keeps coming back for more, the show's move from FX to DirecTV and their early plans for Season 5.
The fourth season of Damages isn't coming until next month, but it will be well worth the wait judging by the emotional trailers.
This season features Chris Messina as an old high school chum of Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) who suffers from PTSD. In the trailers, we get glimpses of the drama to come, including nudity of the non-titillating variety, hints of torture and John Goodman playing a very loud, corrupt and scary military contractor. We can't wait!