Great news for anyone who loves truly amazing television: Damages
will be back! The FX drama was just renewed for two more seasons, but
not by FX. Instead, like Friday Night Lights
, the show is being
saved by DirecTV.
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The network will air two 10-episode seasons in the summers of 2011 and 2012. However, unlike Friday Night Lights
, there is no partnership so Damages
will not air on another network after its initial broadcast on DirecTV.
This is the bad news, mostly because fewer than 20 million homes have DirecTV. In my case, I'm somewhat despondent because my apartment building doesn't allow satellite dishes, making DirecTV not even an option.
Still, Damages is such a great show that to have it survive in any form is a miracle. The third season earned five Emmy nominations, including ones for stars Glenn Close and Rose Byrne, who are currently the only cast members attached to seasons 4 and 5.
However, if past seasons are any indication, Damages
will still be able to attract an impressive cast for its two extra years.
The move also solidifies DirecTV's place in the hearts and minds of television critics and fans as a savior of great TV. First it brought Friday Night Lights
back, and now the show is suddenly on the Emmy radar with nominations for Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler. Hopefully this trend can continue and DirecTV will be there to save any critically-acclaimed show that gets axed by another network.Damages
season 4 will premiere next year, so let the countdown begin!(Image courtesy of FX)