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TV Tonight: "Damages"

TV Tonight: "Damages"

One of the frequent topics at the TCA press tour has been what a wonderful time it is to be an actress helming a cable show. From Kyra Sedwick in "The Closer" to Lili Taylor in "State of Mind" to Holly Hunter in "Saving Grace," smart, quirky, tough women are finally getting their due.

Tonight, Glenn Close joins that crowd as the star of "Damages," FX's new legal thriller that deftly traverses morality, greed and power. Close plays Patty Hewes, a high-profile attorney who is trying to take down the allegedly corrupt self-made billionaire Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson). Hewes is kind of like The Devil Wears Prada's Miranda Priestly, but with even greater power and much higher stakes. Good luck finding her moral compass; frankly, I'm not sure she even has one.

Close's foil in the show is a young associate named Ellen Parsons (played by Rose Byrne of 28 Weeks Later). Byrne gives Ellen a wide-eyed, plucky, eager-beaver attitude at first, but it was a darker scene of hers that got me hooked from the get-go, so to hear about that and watch a preview,

The show's first scene is a doozy: an elevator opens on Byrne's character, bloodied and wrapped in a trench coat; she takes off running through the streets of New York. Most of the rest of the first episode is told in a flashback, dribbling out a few of the puzzle pieces we'll need to piece together how Ellen ended up in such a dire situation.

While the acting — from Byrne and Danson as well as Close — is reason enough to watch this show, the overall crafting of their universe makes it stronger. Rarely have I watched a show with so much dramatic tension from scene to scene; there's an overwhelming sense that something gravely terrible could happen at any moment. This is more than just another lawyer show. It's also a thriller, a mystery, and a character study of one ruthless, fascinating woman.

Photo and video courtesy of FX

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yoWassup15 yoWassup15 9 years
i watched it last night and it was much more sinister than i thought it was going to be.
angeldevilwings angeldevilwings 9 years
I like it, nice preview.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Mizmode, I don't know for sure, but "Rescue Me" always gets repeated at least once a week, so I would imagine this will too.
craving_vintage craving_vintage 9 years
I want to watch it because I like the plot and Rose Byrne, but I also don't want to watch it because I'm not in the mood. lol Does FX repeat their shows?
snazzypants snazzypants 9 years
IMO, FX makes pretty much the best original programming on TV right now - their shows are always incredibly good. I've been seeing the previews for Damages and it looks like it too is going to be amazing. I am already kind of intrigued about what's going on just based on the promos! I can't wait to check it out tonight, I think it's going to be the best show of the summer, easily.
xo_verity xo_verity 9 years
Looks interesting! Ill probally watch it.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Thanks for the great preview, Buzz. I'll be watching for sure.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
hmm..too bad i don't FX, i would be watching this and all of the other FX show. loved rose byrne in wicker park and even in troy.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
I'll be watching just so she doesn't come to my house and boil my pet rabbit.
sugarbecky sugarbecky 9 years
I'm kind of looking forward to this, just from all the buzz.
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