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John Goodman Joins Damages as Season 4's Villain

John Goodman has joined the cast of Damages as Season 4's new villain, has confirmed. Goodman will play the CEO of a mysterious military contractor who is put on trial in a wrongful death suit. "John Goodman's phenomenal body of work speaks for itself. And we've been huge fans of his for years," executive producer Todd Kessler told USA Today, which first reported the news. "It's a real thrill to be adding an actor of John's extensive range and talent to the cast of Damages. We can't wait to pit him against Glenn Close and Rose Byrne in our fourth season." The 58-year-old actor, who has starred in The Big Lebowski, Blues Brothers 2000 and Roseanne, most recently appeared on HBO's Treme. Previous antagonists for Patty Hewes (Close) include Ted Danson, William Hurt, Martin Short and Campbell Scott.  The fourth season of Damages will air exclusively on DirecTV. It is slated to premiere this summer.

Alex's Picks of the Week: Emmy Snubs!

In light of last night's Emmys, it's hard to be too upset when new series like Modern Family and Glee got some freshman love... not to mention the many much-deserved wins for the recurring favorites like Breaking Bad and Mad Men ! But for every epic win, there are 5 folks who went home empty-handed and hundreds of others who weren't even nominated in the first place! But don't fret -- while there might not be enough Emmy trophies to go around, there's plenty of room for glory in this round of my Picks of the Week! So without further ado, consider catching up on some of the year's big Emmy snubs, whether nominated and shafted, or totally left out of the running! 1. United States of Tara 2. Bored to Death 3. Friday Night Lights 4. Sons of Anarchy 5. Treme 6. Party Down 7. Weeds 8. Grey's Anatomy (I don't actually think this should have be nominated, but for once Chandra Wilson wasn't even nominated! Unheard of!) 9. The New Adventures of Old Christine 10. Damages Any other Emmy-snubbed shows that deserve some attention? Weigh in below!

Damages SAVED by DirecTV

From EW: This just in: Patty Hewes will live to fight another day-and we have DirecTV to thank! After months of negotiations, DirecTV has reached a deal with Sony Pictures Television to acquire Damages from FX. Under the terms of the pact, DirecTV's 101 network will air two additional seasons of the drama-each consisting of 10 episodes-beginning in 2011. Unlike DirecTV's arrangement with NBC for Friday Night Lights, Damages will only air on DirecTV. "We're excited to partner with Sony Pictures Television as we breathe new life into this outstanding drama," said Patty Ishimoto, general manager of The 101 Network and vice president of entertainment for DirecTV. "It's a win for our customers because only they will be able to see these new episodes and another great step forward for DirecTV as we continue to build our growing portfolio of exclusive, award winning programming." Added FX president John Landgraf: "FX was very proud to have developed one of the best scripted series on television, but, in order to have a future, the show needed DIRECTV and we are thrilled they stepped in. Sony Pictures Television is a great production partner and we at FX Productions are excited for these next two seasons." Source

Lily Tomlin Celebrates Emmy, Mourns Damages

Lily Tomlin already has six Primetime Emmys and one Daytime Emmy, but that didn't make her nod as guest actress in a drama for Damages any less sweet. But she was just as deeply disappointed that the series, which has likely been canceled, did not get acknowledged in the best drama category. "I was just sick about that. That kind of took the steam out of it," she tells TV Guide Magazine. The best thing about playing her character, Marilyn, was "that she was not a good person. And it was a very fun set. Marty [Short] and I would try to make Glenn [Close] laugh in between takes by being monkeys. And we'd always get her to crack." Source Here

Damages Too Damaged To Damage?

Well... Crap. If this is true then we'll all be blue.'s Robert Seidman is reporting that a reliable source told him that the Damages crew had been informed that the show was officially over and done with. With no official statement from FX this is all still speculation - although it may not be wild speculation. We here at IGN were hoping that the talks between Sony and DirecTV would have proved to be more auspicious and that Damages might get one more dynamite season as part of a co-finance deal. but if this is the final curtain for Patty (Glenn Close) and Ellen (Rose Byrne) we want it in writing that Martin Short will get an Emmy nod for his spectacular performance as Leonard Winstone. Source Here

Damages Season Finale: Are Patty and Ellen Meant For Each Other?

After a trademark twisty season, Damages' 90-minute finale (tonight at 10/9c on FX) will finally reveal who murdered Tom Shayes (Tate Donovan). But the more important question, according to co-creators and executive producers Todd A. Kessler and Daniel Zelman, is this: How will Patty (Glenn Close) and Ellen (Rose Byrne) move forward after Tom's death? "The most important part of the show for us is Ellen and Patty - their relationship and what makes them tick," Zelman says. "There's a certain amount of emotion in that relationship between the two women that is certainly going to play throughout the finale." But what about the Tobins? And Arthur Frobisher? We were on the set in New York just days before production wrapped, and we got the inside word on everything that's kept you guessing. To Read More Click Here .

TV Tonight: What's On Monday 4/19

Hope you've rested up over the weekend, because Monday night TV is ready to kick off the week with both a series premiere and a season finale! Right after Dancing with the Stars on ABC, Alyssa Milano's new comedy Romantically Challenged finally premieres after multiple delays at 9:30/8:30c. Then at 10/9c, Damages comes to a close (hopefully not for good!) with its season 3 finale on FX ! See what else is new tonight: 8/7c Dancing with the Stars on ABC House on Fox How I Met Your Mother on CBS 10 Things I Hate About You (TV) on ABC Family 8:30/7:30c Rules of Engagement on CBS 9/8c 24 on Fox Trauma on NBC Intervention on A&E 9:30/8:30c Romantically Challenged on ABC -- series premiere! 10/9c Castle on ABC Damages on FX -- season finale! CSI: Miami on CBS Nurse Jackie on Showtime 10:30/9:30c The United States of Tara on Showtime Also, don't forget to check out the SideReel editorial team's individual Twitter accounts for more specialized updates on your favorite shows: sidereelKendra , sidereelRachel , sidereelAlex , and animereel ! What will you be watching?

Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, April 19, 2010

* Damages (0/9c FX ) Now, where are we going into tonight's season (series?) finale? Tom, who we know is a dead man, made a deal with Lenny (the guy who stole Lenny's identity years ago, actually), and Lenny turned on the Tobins after Joe turned him out. Joe has already gone bonkers: How much further will he sink? What's with Patty and the horse? And with Julian Decker? And look for more developments in the Season 1 murder of David Connor. (Watch out, Arthur Frobisher!) At the very least, Ellen can take comfort in that. * House (8/7c Fox) Last week, Cynthia Watros reprised her Libby role on Lost and fell for Hurley (again), and now she's stepping onto another romantic minefield, playing one of Wilson's exes who's coming back for more. And this isn't a one-shot deal: Watros is in next week's guest cast, too. Meanwhile, House and the gang are at a Renaissance village where folks actually live like knights in shining armor (one of whom is dying mysteriously) and their fair ladies. Thirteen is notably intrigued by it all. * Nurse Jackie (10/9c Showtime ) Dr. O'Hara's love life is at the heart of things in this involving episode. After her one-nighter with nurse Sam, she begins to feel pressured and practically stalked by him. He, however, just wants a moment alone with her to straighten things out. And Jackie becomes privy to O'Hara's "sophisticated...swanky [past] life" when the doctor fesses up that she's had an ongoing relationship with a well-known and respected foreign correspondent (Julia Ormond) who is being reassigned to the States. * Romantically Challenged (9:32/8:32c ABC) This ensemble comedy looks at the love lives (such as they are) of four friends, who, between them, don't have the first clue about dating. There's Rebecca (Alyssa Milano), a lawyer and mom who's newly divorced after 15 years of marriage; her younger sister, Lisa; Rebecca's best friend, Perry, the hopeless romantic; and his roommate, Shawn, the commitment-phobic would-be novelist. In the opener, Lisa advises Rebecca to try a one-night stand. Good call. How could that possibly go wrong for a woman who hasn't dated since Clinton was president? * Explorer: 25 Years (9/8c National Geographic ) The National Geographic Channel's signature series, Explorer, has documented some pretty remarkable events since it premiered on Nickelodeon in 1985. To celebrate its 25 years on the air, Lisa Ling is hosting a two-hour special that looks back at the most riveting topics the acclaimed anthology has covered, from the first glimpse at the undersea wreckage of the Titanic in 1987 to Ling's own daring undercover report from inside North Korea in 2007 and the exclusive 2009 tour of the controversial detention center at Guantanamo. Source Here

DAMAGES "You Were His Little Monkey" Season 3 Episode 12 - Preview

Watch a sneak peek and check out photos of an upcoming episode of DAMAGES titled "You Were His Little Monkey" Season 3 Episode 12 which airs April 12 2010 at 10pm on FX. Episode Synopsis: Patty and Ellen set out to tear the Tobin family apart. When Tom Shayes' job and marriage unravel, he strikes up a deadly alliance. Source & Preview

DAMAGES "All That Crap About Your Family" Season 3 Episode 11 - Preview

Watch a sneak peek of DAMAGES "All That Crap About Your Family" Season 3 Episode 11 which airs April 6 2010 at 10pm on FX. Episode Synopsis: When her star witness is arrested, Patty strikes an unusual deal with the D.A.'s office. Arthur Frobisher shows off, and reveals a little too much of his past. Source & Preview