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Elmore Leonard: Justified Gets It Just Right

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."

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Premiered: August 06, 1998, on ABC
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Premise: Elmore Leonard's novel inspired this all-too-brief series about an ornery Florida judge, who's notorious for strict sentences and outrageous courtroom antics. The storylines abound with colorful characters, and oddball plots involving renegade gators, Cuban freedom fighters toting exploding basketballs and a pyro who blows up cars he deems too old.

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