‘Justified’ Penultimate Season Finale Posts 2.37 Million Viewers For FX

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 2:16pm PDT

justified-fx-premiere_20110325043645__130202011907-275x143The fifth, and penultimate, season finale of FX‘s drama Justified copped a crowd 2.37 million strong, according to Nielsen. That’s a 5% uptick compared with the show’s Season 4 finale, back when viewers did not know it was coming to an end at Season 6. Ditto the demo numbers — a 0.8 rating compared vs 0.7 a year ago. But the season wrapper was no match for the season starter in January; that clocked 2.84 million viewers and a 1.1 demo rating.

Related: TCA: ‘Justified’ EP On Final Seasons, Life Without Elmore Leonard

Justified, like other FX original drama series, jumps noticeably when delayed viewing is added to the mix. Last April, when the dust settled, more than 3.82 million viewers had watched that Season 4 finale, according to Nielsen’s Live+7 numbers ( a 70% jump over the 2.25 million initially reported).  That Season 4 finale nonetheless wound up short of the 3.95 million who watched the Season 3 ender. Read More »

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Walton Goggins Joins ‘American Ultra’

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 9:01am PDT
Mike Fleming

waltongogginEXCLUSIVE: Justified star Walton Goggins has been set to join Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in American Ultra, the film that Lionsgate acquired recently in a whopping deal. Project X‘s Nima Nourizaden is directing and Max Landis … Read More »

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Mary Steenburgen Lands Recurring Role On ‘Justified’

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 5:35pm PST

Mary Steenburgen mugHere’s some good news for fans of the FX drama who were bummed to hear that it will end after next season: Mary Steenburgen has signed for a recurring role on Justified. She will play … Read More »

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TCA: FX’s ‘Justified’ EP On Final Seasons, Life Without Elmore Leonard & The Late Writer’s Upcoming Tribute

By | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 3:00pm PST

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

UPDATED, 3 PM: There were plenty of plot and story questions about what’sTCADeadline__140109155905 in store for the sprawling ensemble of characters on the FX series Justified at today’s TCA. A few tidbits from EP Graham Yost: “You will see the Harris brothers again. I’m not going to tell you who you’re not going to see again.” The current fifth season will be a big season for the character of Art Mullen (Nick Searcy). In Season 6, expect more on the relationship of Rachel Brooks (Erica Tazel) and Tim Gutterson (Jacob Pitts).

Related: TCA: Lost Ad Revenue Biggest Challenge To TV, Says FX Networks Chief John Landgraf

2014 Winter TCA Tour - Day 6But two questions loomed larger: A) Why will the sixth season be the last? and B) What life is like without the late Elmore Leonard, on whose writings the series is based?

Related: FX Confirms ‘Justified’ Endgame Plans

First, the final season: “A lot of it was just figuring out how much story we had left,” Yost said. “Our biggest concern telling these stories is that we don’t run out of story and start repeating ourselves. Although there were financial incentives to keep it going, it really felt in terms of the story of Raylon Givens in Kentucky, that six years felt about right.” Read More »

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FX Confirms ‘Justified’ Endgame Plans

By | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 11:20am PST

JustifiedFX CEO John Landgraf today officially confirmed that the network’s drama series Justified will end its run with a sixth and final season. The final installment of the series, executive produced by Graham Yost and starring Timothy … Read More »

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FX’s ‘Justified’ Down In Season 5 Debut

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 1:34pm PST

Justified Ratings Season 5 PremiereThe Season 5 premiere of Justified last night saw U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens heading to Florida for a case and the debut of Michael Rapaport as the latest bad guy. The heavily promoted return of the … Read More »

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FX Sets January Premiere Dates For ‘Justified’, ‘Archer’ & ‘Chozen’

By | Tuesday November 5, 2013 @ 1:21pm PST

FX has confirmed January premiere dates for drama Justified, animated comedy Archer and new animated comedy Chozen. Chozen had been scheduled to run on FXX but now will be paired with Archer for a … Read More »

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Tyler Labine To Topline Hulu Comedy Series ‘Deadbeat’, AJ Buckley Joins ‘Justified’

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 12:51pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Former Reaper co-star Tyler Labine has signed on as the lead of another supernatural comedic series, Hulu‘s 10-episode original comedy Deadbeat. The project, produced by Lionsgate TV, centers on Kevin Pacalioglu (Labine), an … Read More »

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Alicia Witt & Edi Gathegi Join FX’s ‘Justified’

By | Monday September 30, 2013 @ 6:58pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Alicia Witt and Edi Gathegi (The Twilight Saga, X-Men: First Class) have been cast in major recurring roles on the upcoming fifth season of FX/Sony TV’s drama series Justified. Witt will play … Read More »

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Jere Burns Upped On ‘Justified’, Michael Rispoli, Ruth Negga, Danielle Nicolet In Arcs

Nellie Andreeva

Jere Burns has been upped to regular after four seasons as a recurring on FX’s Justified. Burns plays menacing heroin dope dealer Winn Duffy, who offered a partnership to Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) in the Season 4 finale. His recent roles include the cable dramas Breaking Bad, Bates Motel and Burn Notice. Burns is repped by Innovative Artists and Trademark Talent.

Ruth Negga has booked a recurring arc on ABC’s new superhero series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. No intel on her role, which is the Irish actress’ first U.S. TV role. Her credits include the features All Is By My Side, Una Vida and Noble and the UK series Love/Hate, Secret State and Misfits. Negga is with ICM Partners, Principal LA and Jonty Brook in the UK. Read More »

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‘Justified’s Graham Yost Remembers Elmore Leonard; Tributes Planned For Season 5 & DVD

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 3:07pm PDT

“It’s hard even when you know it’s coming, and we knew,” Justified showrunner Graham Yost told Deadline of Elmore Leonard‘s passing today. “Once he had the stroke – it was a left brain stroke, and he was really was non verbal after – we got an update every day or two on how it was looking. It was pretty clear that it wasn’t looking good.” Yost says plans are already underway to pay tribute to Leonard before the next season begins. “We’ll do something for the Season 4 DVD set, and I’m sure we’ll do something on the first episode of the new season.” Yost and his writers had already plotted to integrate more Leonard characters into the series’ upcoming fifth season. “Before he had his stroke we were thinking, you know, we’re headed to end of the series, we’ve maybe got two seasons left – so we wanted to bring in the Crowe family which is a big part of his world. We’ve got Dewey Crowe on the show but there are other Crowes that populated his books and we thought it would be fun to focus on that.” Read More »

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A Replay Of A Few Minutes With The Late, Great Elmore Leonard: On Movies, iPads, And ‘Freaky Deaky’

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 9:13am PDT
Mike Fleming

I’m starting a week off today, and woke up to the depressing news that the great Detroit author Elmore Leonard has died at 87. Like so many who push words around for a living, even if it is in a much inferior fashion, I was in awe of Leonard’s ability to write as only he could. He just made you want to try harder, no matter what kind of writing you did. You could go back to the likes of Mickey Spillane and Raymond Chandler, but I’m hard pressed to think of a crime fiction author who influenced so many. I swear that after a Leonard book came out, I could feel the influence even on daily journalists who read him. For instance, I read sports columnist Mike Lupica all the time and noticed after every Leonard book came out, Lupica would temporarily incorporate Leonard’s penchant for starting sentences in odd places, and clipping the quotes of his subjects to liven up the dialogue like Leonard did.

His influence on Hollywood is profound and I think he helped make dialogue in crime dramas better. Great dialogue screenwriters like Quentin Tarantino drew from his well, and not just when Quentin turned Leonard’s book Rum Punch into Jackie Brown. Hollywood used to screw up his novels all the time when studio guys, screenwriters and directors thought they knew better than the master. They borrowed his plots but made them super-serious, not understanding that it wasn’t the plots as much as the dialogue and interplay between those great characters that made his books memorable. It got so bad that Leonard stopped writing scripts because he tired of taking orders from inferiors, and preferred to focus on books, where final cut belonged to him.

But then things started to get better for Leonard after the release of Get Shorty, which celebrated the cool wit and humor that was present in all of Leonard’s work. Barry Sonnenfeld’s movie didn’t paint the bad guys with black hats, but let them reveal themselves slowly and playfully. That made it possible to sympathize not only with John Travolta’s loanshark-turned-movie producer Chili Palmer character, but also a stuntman hired as a thug (James Gandolfini), who, after being demoralized by a beating from Palmer, caught his breath and started excitedly describing to his film nut nemesis all the movies he did stunts in. I remember Scott Frank telling me that when he first tried to adapt that Leonard novel as a script, he went through the book and underlined what he felt was vital, in green hi-light marker. By the time he finished, Frank had underlined pretty much the entire book. But Frank and his cohorts managed to start a trend, where filmmakers began to realize that Leonard’s dialogue was pure gold and didn’t need a rewrite.

Frank and Jersey Films producers Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher nailed it yet again when they collaborated with Steven Soderbergh to make Out Of Sight. That film had trademark flawed heroes and tremendous badasses, and for my money the sexiest courtship scene (between George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez) that I’d seen in a film since Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe formed their bond in Michael Mann’s The Last Of The Mohicans. And both those films had Dennis Farina. More recently, Graham Yost captured Leonard’s spirit in the FX series Justified, based on the gunslinging deputy U.S. marshal Raylan Givens whom Leonard hatched as a secondary character in the novels Pronto and Riding the Rap. The dialogue written for Timothy Olyphant’s Raylan Givens, Walton Goggins’ Boyd Crowder, Nick Searcy’s Chief Deputy Marshal Art Mullen, and all the bad guys, so captured Leonard’s wit that he told me it had restored his faith in Hollywood, or at least made the earlier slights less bothersome.

I got the privilege of spending some time with Leonard twice. Once in person, as a kid reporter at New York Newsday, when I peppered him with endless questions and recall him telling that one reason his scenes lined up differently than other writers is that he would write the same scene numerous times, each from the vantage point of different characters. He’d then choose the vantage point the felt right, and use that one. Three years ago, I spent time on the phone with him at Deadline, when director Charlie Matthau hooked us up while they were working on an adaptation of Freaky Deaky. Here is a replay of that interview: Read More »

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Live+7 Update: FX’s ‘Justified’ Season 4 Finale Up 1.5M Viewers

By | Thursday April 25, 2013 @ 10:27am PDT

More than 3.82 million viewers watched the Season 4 finale of Justified according to Nielsen’s Live+7 numbers. That’s a 70% jump over the 2.249 million reported in Live+Same Day for the FX‘s series’ season finale April 2. The latest final numbers put the Season 4 finale down just 3% in total viewers from 3.95 million who watched the Season 3 ender. Overall, Season 4 was the show’s most-watched ever, pulling in an average audience of 4.008 million, up 4% over the previous two seasons and 20% over Season 1. Among adults 18-49, Season 4 was down a slight 1% with 1.986 million in the demo compared to Season 3’s 2.007 million; the most recent season was essentially even with Season 2 and up 14% over Season 1 in the key demo. Read More »

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FX’s ‘Justified’ Viewership Down For Season 4 Finale

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 1:47pm PDT

JustifiedThe Season 4 finale of Justified on FX was watched by 2.249 million viewers last night. That’s down 16% from the 2.67 million who watched the drama’s Season 3 finale on April 10 last year. It’s also down sharply … Read More »

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FX Renews ‘Justified’ For Fifth Season, Touts Pilots ‘Tyrant’ & ‘The Strain’

By | Thursday March 28, 2013 @ 6:19am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

FX president John Landgraf made the announcement at FX’s upfront presentation in New York this morning. Season 5 of the award-winning drama Justified will debut in January 2014. Additionally, Landgraf showcased high-profile drama pilots Tyrant, … Read More »

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FX Announces Season-Finale Dates For ‘Justified’, ‘Archer’, ‘Legit’ & More

By | Monday March 25, 2013 @ 6:05pm PDT

The western crime drama Justified will wrap up its fourth season on April 2, FX announced today. Archer and Legit will follow on April 11, with Archer‘s Season 4 finale set for 10 PM and Legit‘s Season 1 … Read More »

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Amazon Picks Up Exclusive Streaming Rights For ‘Justified’

By | Tuesday February 26, 2013 @ 6:29am PST

SEATTLE–Feb. 26, 2013– (NASDAQ:AMZN) – Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a content licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Television, making Prime Instant Video the exclusive online subscription home to the FX Network western crime drama Justified. The award-winning and gritty series has been one of the most watched shows on Amazon Instant Video, where customers can purchase and download episodes for $1.99 each, and will now be available to Prime members at no additional cost. In addition, Prime Instant Video will add the critically-acclaimed inner-city Los Angeles crime drama The Shield to its catalog.

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‘Justified’ Stuntwoman Sues Sony For Negligence Over On Set Injuries

By | Friday February 1, 2013 @ 5:23pm PST

A stuntwoman who says she was injured on the set of Justified during a late night shoot in 2011 today sued Sony Pictures and various individuals connected with the FX series. Citing “severe and permanent physical and mental injuries,” Lisa Hoyle and her husband Robert Jakubik have filed a suit (read it here) for Negligence, Premises Liability and Loss of Consortium for injuries the Stuntchicks employee suffered during a car crash stunt on February 3, 2011 at Santa Clarita Studios. While Hoyle and her husband don’t specify any dollar amount in their complaint, they are certainly looking for more than loose change. The nine-page filing seeks general damages “in an amount to be proven at trial” as well as loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, legal fees, “medical and related expenses” and “other and further general and special damages in a sum according to proof at the time of trial” and further relief as the court “deems just and proper.” The plaintiffs are requesting a five-to-seven day jury trial in the matter. The defendants in the case are Sony Pictures Entertainment, Woodridge Productions, Santa Clarita Studios Corp, Don Kurt, Gary Lennon, Mark Glick, Susan Carpenter, Alison Troy and over two dozen other unnamed individuals. (UPDATE - Woodridge Productions, Kurt, Lennon, Glick, Troy and Carpenter were dismissed as defendants in the suit in the spring of 2013)

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‘Justified’ & ‘The Americans’ A Juggling Act For FX’s Graham Yost: TCA

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Following today’s TCA session on FX’s Justified, showrunner and executive producer Graham Yost spoke about how he planned to juggle duties on Justified and his role as an executive producer of new FX series The Americans, which would be the subject of the following panel.

“It hasn’t been that hard, it has certainly been more work but it has been great”, Yost said. “My involvement with The Americans is, I talk to Joe Weisberg [creator and executive producer] and [executive producer] Joel Fields all the time”, said Yost. “I read the outlines and give them notes, I read the scripts and give them notes, I read the cuts and give them notes.”

Added Yost: “Sometimes I’ll weigh in on casting, but basically that’s my involvement”. He described himself as a good sounding board because of his long relationship with FX.

Actress Margo Martindale, who won an Emmy for her role on Justified even though her character was killed, now has a role in The Americans. Yost was asked jokingly whether The Americans is where characters that die on Justified will go to resurrect. Read More »

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