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SAMCRO Could Use a Member Who Can't Die

By Seth Freilich | Industry | December 3, 2009 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | December 3, 2009 |

A couple little loose ends of TV new from yesterday warrant a mention, mostly from FX, which dropped its early 2010 plans. First, FX announced that the third season of “Damages” will premiere on January 25 at 10 p.m. (For those of you without calendars, this means the show is moving to Monday nights.) I think “Damages” is highly overrated from a plotting and writing perspective, but it’s cast really well and the acting quality has earned its keep in my regular rotation for the time being, so I’ll be tuning in.

Meanwhile, for those of you who watched the season finale of “Sons of Anarchy” on Tuesday night, you might have seen the extended trailer for Timothy Olyphant’s new show, formerly called “Lawman,” now called “Justified.” While FX has not given it a firm premiere date yet, the network has confirmed that it’ll start airing sometime in March. I’d post that trailer for you here, but I couldn’t find it online. Way to lose free publicity, FX. Anyway, Olyphant plays a modern-day sheriff apparently loosely based on an Elmore Leonard character (Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens), and the show looks pretty interesting. I’ll definitely be giving it a shot both because one of the producers and writers is Graham Yost (who was responsible for the sorely under-appreciated “Boomtown” and wrote a few “Band of Brothers” episodes) and because Olyphant looks to essentially be playing the badass side of sheriff Seth Bullock, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that.

Speaking of “Sons,” how fucking good was this second season? Bloody fantastic. So it comes as little surprise that the now critically-acclaimed show has been picked up for a 13-episode third season, with Kurt Sutter re-signed to showrun for two seasons (assuming a fourth season is picked up after the third, which seems highly likely), and it’s reported that all the regular cast members will be returning. Since the second season just ended, even though Sutter already knows the major arc of the third season (*minor spoiler* SAMCRO will be making an appearance in Belfast, which makes sense if you watched the finale *end minor spoiler*), we shouldn’t expect this until late, late next year. And as for the excellent season finale, FX is tickled pink that, with 4.3 million viewers, the episode was the show’s highest rated one to date (just edging out the season two premiere).

Last bit of FX news involves “Nip/Tuck,” which is currently in the middle of its final season now. You watching this crap? I am, but only because I stuck with this damn show so long I might as well see it through. But it ain’t good. Anyway, the first half of this season ends on December 16. It was originally expected that the second half of the season wouldn’t drop until well into 2010, but FX has decided to start it on January 6, instead, meaning the “break” amounts to less than a month. This is probably so that FX can be done with this garbage as soon as possible.

Finally, in non-FX news, it has been announced that “Torchwood” has gotten its fourth season. And it won’t be a miniseries season, like “Children of Earth,” but a full-fledged 13-episode season. And John Barrowman is confirmed to be signed for the whole series, as well. I’m only now just about to start watching season two, but (unfortunately for me and SPOILERS) I know that a good number of the regular characters are no longer alive by the end of “Children of Earth,” so it’s safe to say that there will be some fresh blood joining Captain Jack’s new adventures.

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