Articles for Damages Season 1

Coming this summer is an FX new original legal thriller entitled Damages. With an initial 13-episode order, the network is scheduled to broadcast the series on Tuesday, July 24 at 10pm.Set in the high-stakes legal world of New York City, Damages explores power and success through the turbulent lives of a renowned high-stakes litigator and her ambitious young protégé. Engulfed in a class action lawsuit targeting one of the richest CEOs in the country, they become exposed to treacherous and deceitful battle that puts their personal lives at stake.Read on to find out more about the cast of Damages. Read more »
Damages, the latest FX original drama premiering tonight at 10pm, is exactly what the network needs - a great show.  In the past year, the cable channel has unleashed a series of mediocre shows, Dirt and The Riches, that did well enough to warrant second seasons, but neither of which is up to the channel‘s bar of excellence.Starring Oscar nominee Glenn Close, Damages is more like the network‘s landmark series, The Shield, which Close herself starred in during its fourth season.  It‘s a legal drama that focuses more on the characters involved than the big trials that drive all other law shows.  In fact, the pilot episode doesn‘t include a single scene set inside a courthouse. Read more »
FX‘s new legal thriller, Damages, features a vicious character named Arthur Frobisher.  The billionaire C.E.O is being sued by his former employees for swindling them of their life savings.  By the second episode, he proves even more menacing as he cheats on his wife, snorts cocaine and plans the murder of a young woman whose sole mistake was accidentally catching a glimpse of him getting into a car with his broker. As villainous as the character is, Damages co-creator and co-executive producer Glenn Kessler said that surprisingly, viewers have responded to the character with pity rather than hatred. Read more »
After three years as Jimmy Cooper on the once-lauded O.C., Tate Donovan seems to have found another memorable role on FX’s Damages.  Donovan recently figured in a story arc that revolved around his character, lawyer Tom Shayes.  The actor spoke at length with TV Guide about his Damages role, the series, his legendary co-star Glenn Close and what may be in store for them in the future.Tate Donovan is currently reveling in his role as the right hand man of Glenn Close’s character on the critically acclaimed new legal drama, Damages.  For one, he welcomes the praise and recognition from a more adult and discerning audience than what he was accustomed to during his stint on The O.C. Read more »
After taking on the big screen with various acclaimed movies, Glenn Close attempts to conquer the TV world as a hard-hitting litigator on Damages.  But while she has already tapped on several aggressive roles before, she remains to be unsettled and intimidated by her latest television character. On the show, Close plays Patty Hewes, a successful and charismatic high-stakes lawyer who is determined to prosecute offending corporate titans in a so in a cruel and Machiavellian manner. Read more »
The FX drama Damages may not be setting ratings records, but the intriguing cat-and-mouse game between corporate lawyer Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) and her team against corrupt businessman Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson) is coming to a boil.  With only two episodes left, the mysteries are coming to a close, and star Tate Donovan, who plays Hewes‘ associate Tom Shayes, help a conference call to discuss the show.Donovan brought up several key issues, and though he didn‘t confirm yet that a second season will happen, he assures viewers that the Frobisher case and the murder of David Connor will all be settled by the end of the final episode.  However, he also promises an amazing set-up for a possible season 2.  Read on to find out Donovan‘s thoughts on co-stars Glenn Close and Rose Byrne, as well as his take on why The O.C. plummeted in the ratings after his character, Jimmy Cooper, was written off the show. Read more »
Most people know Glenn Close as a movie star, but fans of FX know her as a great TV actress as well.  After a season-long stint on The Shield, Close graduated to becoming the star of FX‘s new legal thriller Damages, which airs its penultimate episode tomorrow night at 10pm on FX.  Close plays Patty Hewes, a hard-nosed lawyer whose firm is prosecuting corporate CEO Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson).  Along the way, there‘s plenty of betrayal and murder.Glenn Close held a conference call this morning to discuss her initial decision to star on Damages and what the inspiration is for her ruthless character Patty Hewes.. Read more »
Tonight at 10pm, FX will air the first season finale of what is easily the best show from the last three months. When Damages, the Glenn Close legal thriller, first premiered, I sang its praises because the pilot was near perfect, brilliantly setting up the labyrinthine plots that played out over the first season. Though the subsequent episodes lagged a bit, around mid-season the show hit its stride, delivering powerful performances and top-notch storytelling. Read more »
Good news for people who like quality television: FX has renewed its legal thriller Damages for not one but two additional seasons. The news comes nearly three weeks after season 1 ended, and those interested in more adventures of unscrupulous lawyer Patty Hewes and Associates will be in store for at least 26 more intense episodes.The critically acclaimed series never had the same ratings success as fellow FX dramas Nip/Tuck or Rescue Me, but that hasn‘t stopped the network for giving it the greenlight. While cable channels like HBO are in a state of flux without marquee programs like The Sopranos, FX has built an arsenal of some of the finest television you‘re likely to see. Read more »
The nominations for the 65th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning, and in the television categories, there‘s a good chance you haven‘t seen most of the nominees unless you have cable.  But unlike other awards shows where HBO is the cable giant, this year‘s nominees come from a wide variety of cable networks.FX‘s Damages led all TV shows with a total of four nominations, while shows like AMC‘s Mad Men about ad executives in the 1960s and Showtime‘s Californication about a struggling, self-destructive writer and The Tudors about Henry VIII, all received multiple nominations.  Meanwhile, established network hits like Heroes, Lost, Desperate Housewives and 24 were completely shut out.  Continue reading for the full list of TV series nominees. Read more »
Damages just added some firepower to an already formidable cast.  William Hurt, four-time Oscar nominee (and one time winner), has just signed on to join the cast of Damages for its second season, which is set to begin filming in New York City next week.  The FX drama is coming off a critically acclaimed first season, and is another in a long line of hard-hitting original programs from the cable network.  Hurt will portray a client of Glenn Close‘s attorney character Patty Hewes.  This marks a reunion of sorts – Close and Hurt co-starred in The Big Chill twenty five years ago.  They have not shared the screen since.  Read more »
Last week, FX announced that Academy Award-winner William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider-Woman) will join the cast of Damages for its upcoming second season.  This week, another actor has been recruited to add even more zest to the legal drama. Timothy Olyphant, perhaps best known for playing sheriff Seth Bullock on HBO’s Deadwood, has signed on for a season-long arc on Damages, playing a guy who enters Ellen’s (Rose Byrne) life and becomes entangled in both her personal life as she deals with her recent loss and professional struggles with boss, Patty Hewes (Glenn Close). Read more »
Last season on Damages, viewers got a taste of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), the brilliant yet ruthless lawyer attempting to win a class-action lawsuit against Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), the former CEO of a corporation ,on behalf of his former workers, by any means necessary.  While the end of the pilot season‘s 13 episodes was more than satisfying, it also left fans hungry for more.  With the filming of the second season having just started last month, it‘s going to be a long wait before fans of the legal drama get a hold of new episodes.  In the meantime, here are some spoilers to ease the wait. Warning: Major spoilers ahead. Read more »
Below is the audio of our discussion, and the ten semi-finalists for the category and the episode they sent in for consideration. Read more »
The star of FX‘s Damages, five-time Oscar-nominated actress Glenn Close, is set to be joined by a fellow multi-awarded actress in the person of Marcia Gay Harden to bolster the already stellar lineup for its coming season.  If we backtrack to the second week of June, it was reported that another Oscar-winner William Hurt (King of the Spider Woman) will play a client of Patty Hewes (Close).Harden, who won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Pollock in 2000, will play a powerful attorney who opposes Hewes on a case.  In what appears like a trend of veteran actors transitioning to guest starring roles on television series, Harden also guest-starred on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit last year and actually won an Emmy for the role. Read more »
This morning the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 60th Annual Emmy Awards.On the Drama side, the big story is the dominance of cable, picking up the majority of the acting and series nominees with shows from TNT, FX, AMC, Showtime and HBO. Equally surprising is the absence of Grey‘s Anatomy in the Drama Series race, while Lost makes its triumphant return. For comedies, many old favorites are back with all five nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series having been nominated before. However, several new actors from Pushing Daisies and Samantha Who? were able to make it in.  And if you‘re a fan of smaller categories, Amy Poehler makes a shocking appearance in the Comedy Supporting Actress race for Saturday Night Live while "I‘m F***ing Matt Damon" is up for Best Original Song.Continue reading for all the nominees: Read more »
Damages star Ted Danson is no stranger to the Emmy Awards.  He was nominated for eleven straight years—one for each year of his stay in the sitcom Cheers as bartender Sam Malone—and won two of them, in 1990 and 1993.  Now he is back on the nominations list, this time for his role as self-made billionaire Arthur Frobisher in the FX legal drama, and he says it means much more for him.“When you‘re younger and get nominated, there was part of me—I don‘t know if I took it for granted—but now it‘s a very rich experience,” the actor said in an interview with the Associated Press.  “This is really lovely.” Read more »
Voting for the Emmys is an interesting process.  For the Best Drama and Best Comedy categories, all the potential nominees send one episode (one hour, so no two-parters) to the Academy members.  Once the final nominations come out, each nominated show then resubmits six hours of television.  They put those six hours on three two-hour tapes, and Academy members are sent only two of those tapes.  They are distributed randomly, meaning that different Academy members will see different episodes.  Why they do this, I have no idea.  They just do.  Today, our friends at Gold Derby released the episode submissions for each Best Drama nominee.  You can find those listed below, with commentary at the bottom.  Read more »