If "Slaughterhouse" is what you're going to call your season finale, after building up to a major bloody showdown all season, you'd better be able to justify it. Thankfully, we're talking FX's Justified here, and when does it ever not live up to expectations?
Even before he completely went off the rails ...
[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from the Season 3 finale of Justified. Read at your own risk.]
It wouldn't be a Justified finale if things didn't get bloody.
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After an episode-long manhunt for Robert Quarles (Neal McDonough), the loose cannon Detroit mobster took Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) hostage and stormed Noble's Hollow...
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Question: I'm really surprised by the lack of comment (here and elsewhere) on this season of Justified. It had a lot to live up to after that near-perfect second season and (in my opinion) has been maintaining the standard extremely well. I haven't enjoyed TV-show dialogue this much since The West Wing went off the air.
Cheers to Joelle Carter for breaking bad (in a good way) on Justified.
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Her character, Ava Crowder, opened the FX drama by gunning down her abusive husband, Bowman. Two and a half seasons later, she's evolved into a Bonnie to her ex-brother-in law Boyd's Clyde. This week, she gave shelter to an abused prostitute — and proceeded to lure her pimp, Delroy (William Mapother), into a trap and shoot him down.
Justified has been renewed for a 13-episode fourth season, FX announced Tuesday.
"Justified is one of television's best series and this season has reinforced that excellence," Nick Grad, FX's programming head, said in a statement. "[Creator] Graham Yost and his writing team continue to deliver compelling material and richly drawn characters brought to life by the brilliance of Timothy Olyphant and our terrific ensemble cast. Their work is validated by universal acclaim, awards, and ratings that have grown every year. We look forward to many more seasons to come."
Emmy Rossum, Liam McIntyre
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Are you partial to the bloody brawn of Spartacus: Vengeance's Liam McIntyre? Or do you prefer Shameless star Emmy Rossum and her, um, shamelessly clothes-free sex scenes? Speaking of....
Timothy Olyphant, Justified
On that rare occasion when someone tells you there's nothing good on TV — but honestly, why would you be talking to people like that? — gently point them toward Tuesday nights at 10/9c, a time period that became ridiculously overstuffed this week thanks to some of cable's best and most entertaining dramas. (And let's pause to give thanks to cable replays, for those with limited DVR capability.)
THE TUESDAY LOGJAM: Let's start with FX's Justified, fresh as ever in its third season. Still recovering from last season's wounds, wry U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) may not be up to snuff just yet — as his boss taunts, "You can't run and you can't shoot, what good are you?" — but the show is so assured in its blend of barbed humor and deadly menace that you can always expect at least once per episode to be found laughing on the edge of your seat. Mags Bennett may be gone, and there's no replacing the great Margo Martindale, but icy-eyed Neal McDonough is giving it a robust go...
Let's raise a glass of "apple pie" moonshine in honor of the dearly departed Justified villain Mags Bennett. Margo Martindale's Emmy-winning portrayal was a huge part of what made the Southern-fried FX drama's second season such a thrilling ride and will no doubt be a tough act to follow. And executive producer Graham Yost knows it.
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"I would be lying if I said we didn't consider that," Yost tells TVGuide.com. "It gives you some pause that people responded so ...
Justified Season 2
Timothy Olyphant is back as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in this 3-disc set featuring all 13 episodes from the second season. Available on both DVD and Blu-ray, the set includes two featurettes, deleted scenes, outtakes, and a Blu-ray exclusive feature, "Talking Shop: Roundtable Discussion"...
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The best new series of the year is Showtime's twisty nail-biter of a psychological thriller, an emotionally intense cat-and-mouse game between two damaged souls: Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, a Marine POW who may have been turned by terrorists during eight years in Iraqi captivity, and Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, the unstable CIA analyst who breaks all the rules to get under his skin — and at times under the sheets. (Bringing new meaning to undercover agent). The actors are as electrifying as the storytelling in this taut tale of homeland insecurity, which also features a marvelously restrained Mandy Patinkin as Carrie's melancholy mentor and a revelatory Morena Baccarin as Brody's understandably conflicted wife. Homeland comes from the veteran producers of 24, who have lost none of their knack for sustained suspense, but within this more realistic framework have been able to concoct a thoughtful and gripping meditation on the human toll of the war on terror.