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."
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 ...
Cheers to Justified for turning Larenz Tate back into a Menace II Society.
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The charismatic actor first broke out as teenage gangsta O-Dog in the Hughes Brothers' 1993 inner-city saga. Since then, he's mostly played nice guys in movies like Love Jones and on TV series like FX's Rescue Me. The cable net's top-notch crime drama let Tate cross over to the wrong side of the law as a violent convict who flees a halfway house — and who happens to be the ex-brother-in-law of Deputy U.S. Marshal Rachel Brooks (Erica Tazel). She teams with Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) to track him down....
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...
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Some very significant Wednesday night comings and goings in what has turned out to be an incredibly busy TV week. We welcome back an old sitcom Friend with conflicted emotions, but there's no doubting our enthusiasm for the return of a certain soft-talking, fast-shooting U.S. Marshal, and there's no hiding our sorrow as we bid farewell to a modern classic about small-town Americana and the game of life (also: football).
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The Chicago Code (Monday, 9/8c, Fox)
Perking up what has been a pretty dismal midseason so far, this tough, brisk police drama from The Shield's Shawn Ryan is set and filmed in Chicago, where the city's brash first female police superintendent (Jennifer Beals, cast against type) clashes with a corrupt alderman (Delroy Lindo, savoring his smooth villainy) who holds her department's purse strings. Colvin's eyes and ears on the mean streets is reckless local-legend detective Jarek Wysocki (Brotherhood's Jason Clarke), who's just been saddled with a young, earnest partner (Friday Night Lights' Matt Lauria) who's not as green as he looks. The show weaves each of their points-of-view into a compelling, muscular narrative. Please watch...
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 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...
Jeers to The Office for failing to justify Timothy Olyphant's guest gig.
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The charismatic Justified star has proven wildly overqualified for the job of playing ...