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FX renews Justified for second season

From The Hollywood Reporter:

FX renews ‘Justified’

FX has ordered a second season of “Justified” with a 13-episode pickup.

“We are very excited about the tremendous, widespread acclaim that Justified has received from both audiences and television critics,” said FX president and GM John Landgraf. “Graham Yost, Tim Olyphant, Elmore Leonard and their talented partners have crafted a uniquely ambitious and entertaining series which is everything we aspired to when we developed the show.”

The drama, starring Timothy Olyphant, had a towering debut, dropped sharply, then stabilized in the ratings. To date, the show has averaged 3.4 million total viewers in its freshman season and 1.7 million in the 18-49 demo. The Season 1 finale airs June 8.

“I’m just thrilled, and I’m looking forward to chronicling the future adventures of Raylan Givens,” said Yost. “To work with an actor like Tim, who was born to play this role, has been a wonderful experience.”

“This pick-up speaks volumes to the quality and collaboration on the series, and our unparalleled partnership with FX,” said Jamie Erlicht, president or programming for Sony Pictures Television. “The viewer response to Justified has been as enthusiastic as ours was when we first heard the pitch.”

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Justified on FX official poster one-sheet


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Interview with Elmore Leonard and Graham Yost, creators of “Justified” on FX

Justified on FX official poster one-sheet

"Justified" created by Graham Yost and Elmore Leonard

“Raylan has his dark side… But the guy is a hero.
I thought, ‘Man, it would be fun to do a show
which has a true-blue hero.'”

Justified is based on the Elmore Leonard short story “Fire in the Hole” (read it here) which provides the story for the pilot episode, in which U.S. Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens returns to his hometown of Harlan, Kentucky, to track his old coal-mining buddy Boyd Crowder, an ex-con now leading a Neo-Nazi terrorist group, after Boyd blows up a black church with an RPG. Raylan meets Boyd at the home of Boyd’s sister-in-law Ava Crowder; [SPOILERS AHEAD] firearms are brandished and Boyd comes out on the wrong end of Raylan’s six-shooter. Boyd dies at the end of the Leonard story, but not in the Justified pilot. Which means veteran actor Walton Goggins will be returning to the show at some point (fun link: Walton Goggins’ blog from India in 2009:

Graham Yost is the series creator/Executive Producer of Justified and a veteran writer/director in film and television with an impressive list of credits that includes Band of Brothers, Boomtown, Raines and The Pacific and the feature films Speed, Broken Arrow and Mission to Mars. He won an Emmy for his work on the mini-series From the Earth to the Moon.

Elmore Leonard is an Executive Producer of Justified and the legendary novelist and short story writer whose works have spawned several feature films, including Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Jackie Brown, Stick, Mr. Majestyk and 3:10 to Yuma. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana but has lived in Michigan since 1934. He is also well-known for his “10 Rules of Writing.”

I sat in on a conference call interview with Mr. Yost and Mr. Leonard on April 28, 2010… Continue reading

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Natalie Zea of Justified interviewed about Timothy Olyphant and her career (exclusive video)

Natalie Zea on Justified FX series

The drama Justified is currently airing on Tuesday nights at 10 PM ET on the FX network . I had the opportunity to join a conference call with Natalie Zea, who plays Winona Hawkins, the ex-wife of Timothy Olyphant‘s U.S. Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens. (I’ve noted when it was my own question.) Here’s what she had to say. Continue reading

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“Justified” premiere in Hollywood with stars Timothy Olyphant, Natalie Zea and Walton Goggins

My photos from the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the new series Justified on FX

Timothy Olyphant Justified FX premiere

Timothy Olyphant

Raymond J. Barry ("Lost")

Timoth Olyphant Justified FX premiere

Joelle Carter, FX Justified premiere

Joelle Carter

Natalie Zea FX Justified premiere

Natalie Zea ("The Shield,""Dirty Sexy Money")

Walton Goggins, FX, Justified premiere

Walton Goggins

Sarah Jones ("Sons of Anarchy" on FX)

Theo Rossi and Sarah Jones (both from "Sons of Anarchy")

Aisha Tyler, FX Justified premiere

Aisha Tyler ("Archer" FX)

Graham Yost, Walton Goggins FX Justified premiere

Graham Yost, Unidentified, Walton Goggins

Erica Tazel FX Justified premiere

Erica Tazel

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“The League” Hollywood Premiere

Katie Aselton & Stephen Rannazzisi

Katie Aselton & Stephen Rannazzisi

Joe from hooked me up with a press pass so I headed down to the Fox lot to cover the red carpet arrivals for the premiere of FX’s new show “The League,” a comedy about a group of guys in their 30s who obsess over a fantasy football league as their only escape from their mundane lives.

This was my first time covering an event on a major studio lot, so please indulge me with a little preamble about the journey.

After checking in with the security guard at the gate and being told to “take a left at the Julie Andrews mural” (which, as I could see, was just beyond the giant mural of Luke battling Vader in The Empire Strikes Back, which is the definition of awesome), a car passed by, driven by the pleasantly smiling Mary Steenburgen. Then I looked to my left and there was a crew shooting a scene on a mock New York street scene set, one that I know I’ve seen in a hundred movies and TV shows. They had two Chapman cranes sitting idly by, the cocky bastards.

I power-walked to the Darryl F. Zanuck theater, where they had set up the red carpet and an FX logo backdrop behind a red velvet rope, and I joined my fellow photogs. Now, when I say “fellow photogs,” let’s just be clear that I was the only one carrying a consumer grade camera that was purchased used off Craigslist in 2003.

And mine was the only camera running on severely depleted AA batteries that had zero chance of lasting the entire event.

It was also windy and pretty darn cold, even by non-L.A. standards, and I was the only one who didn’t bring a jacket; but my adrenaline, aka worry that I would screw it all up and look like an amateur buffoon, kept me from getting hypothermia.

So after I asked about 25 questions to the organizers and press people, prefacing each with “This is my first time, as you can see (pointing to my janky-ass camera),” the arrivals of the cast began…so here they are…

The League series premiere

Nick Kroll

"The League" series premiere, Fox

Jonathan Lajoie

Stephen Rannazzisi

Stephen Rannazzisi

Paul Scheer

Paul Scheer

Enough guys, let’s add a little glamour into the mix…

Katie Aselton

Katie Aselton

Katie Aselton

Katie Aselton

Katie Aselton & Mark Duplass

Katie Aselton & Mark Duplass

Jeff and Jackie Schaffer

Jeff and Jackie Schaffer (series Creators and Exec. Producers)

Paul Scheer

Paul Scheer

I was able to speak with Paul Scheer, he of the unbridled tooth gap, whom I used to see on stage at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC and who has been enjoying success on shows like Human Giant and 30 Rock

I asked him about going from UCB to TV, using improv on the set, and how he developed his character…

His character “Andre” is a big success in life but is still the loser amongst his group of high school friends. He may make more money than them, but he will always be their punching bag, and this is reflected in how he’s treated in the fantasy league.

“There’s a lot of me in Andre but only at certain points…he is like when you first walk into a party and you feel self-conscious and you want to hide in the corner, but he’s like that all the time.”

Scheer was excited to work with series creators and executive producers Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Shaffer due to their impressive resume of having worked on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Borat and Bruno.

Take note improv performers: Jeff and Jackie went around to all the comedy theaters and watched tons of improv when they were casting the show (including the Del Close Marathon at UCB).

The show is heavily improvised — no rehearsals — they work from a 10 page outline for the show and then “beat out” individual scenes on the set.

In reference to the guys in the league being pretty plain looking and their wives really hot, Scheer said “Yeah, we’re like the ugly Entourage.”

They just finished shooting the whole season, and Scheer’s character will have a stronger arc than most others.

Coming up (2010?): Scheer and Rob Riggle’s new show “Funny or Die Presents…” will be on HBO.

Don’t miss the series premiere of The League tonight at 10:30pm after an all new episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (which is currently the funniest frackin’ show on television, so The League better bring it; no pressure)

Now an entertainment reporter and a certified paparazzo because I did it once,

-Dan Calvisi
Dan’s Scriptomatic Cinematic Telematic 3D!

[originally written on assignment for]

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