Damages: Can Chris Messina's Sanchez Trust His Superiors?

There's a good reason Damages ' Chris Messina seems jittery most of the time he's on the screen — and it's only partly because his character is a soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. "I felt a huge responsibility to the soldiers to make it as honest as I could," Messina tells "I played a lot with sleep, and I think the most I didn't sleep was three days in a row. And I'm not a caffeine drinker, but I would play with drinking a bunch of Red Bull before the take. So, the sleep deprivation on top of the instant sugar-caffeine rush ended up making me very shaky." Read More...

John Goodman Dishes on 'Damages' and 'Monsters, Inc' Sequel on 'The View' (VIDEO)

John Goodman covered a good portion of his career, past, present, and future in his interview on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) Wednesday. He talked about his current role on 'Damages,' whether Roseanne Barr would make a good president, 'The Big Lebowski,' and a 'Monsters, Inc.' sequel. Sherri Shepherd said 'Damages' creators wanted him for the role of Howard T. Erickson, CEO of a military contractor, because he was both "cuddly" and "fierce." She asked if he agreed with that assessment, and Goodman laughed. "Like one of those imported Chinese pandas stuffed with cotton and auto parts and drain cleaner," he said.

Glenn Close Previews 'Damages' Season 4 on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

There's an old adage in show business that advises actors to never to work with animals or kids. Well, on 'Damages,' Glenn Close plays lawyer Patty Hewes, who is kind of an animal. And on season four, which kicks off Wednesday on DirectTV, Close works with a kid when Hewes is left to take care of her granddaughter. Close previewed the new season Wednesday on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated). Regis and Kelly wanted to know if having a little child around would soften Hewes. "I think in some ways, yes," said Close. "Because if anybody knows her back story, she did, she had a little girl that she lost. So I think that has to bring up, you know, some thoughts."

DAMAGES Season 4 Premiere “There’s Only One Way to Try a Case”

Watch a sneak peek and check out photos of the premiere episode of  DAMAGES  which returns on a brand new channel on DirecTV  (Channel 239) this July 13, at 10pm. Synopsis:  The fourth  season of Damages finds Patty and Ellen embroiled in a wrongful-death suitagainst  a private military contractor , Howard T. Erickson (John Goodman). Erickson has made a fortune supplying the U.S. Government with security forces in Afghanistan and is protected by his connections within the highest echelons of power  in Washington, D.C. Chris Sanchez (Chris Messina), a decorated soldier who now works for the security firm, is drawn into the web of intrigue when Ellen and Patty set their sights on his corrupt employer. Complicating matters is Jerry Boorman (Dylan Baker), a shadowy opportunist with ties to both Erickson and  the Middle  East who is intimately involved in the season-long conspiracy at the heart of the lawsuit. Read More...

On the Set: Damages Lives to Fight Another Case

After the first three mind-blowing seasons of Damages , nothing should come as a surprise. But all the backstabbing and mayhem we've seen still doesn't quite prepare us for the scene being shot today at the show's Brooklyn soundstages:  Glenn Close's Patty Hewes gazing tenderly into a child's eyes. OK, now we're shocked! Turns out Patty is the guardian of her granddaughter. The hard-charging lawyer gained custody after ensuring the child's mother was jailed for statutory rape and her father, Patty's son, Michael (Zachary Booth), seemingly tried to run his mom down and went on...

Patty Goes to Therapy? Things Get Flip-Turned Upside Down on Season 4 of Damages

When Damages returns Wednesday (at 10 on DirecTV) for its fourth season, Patty Hewes will be alone and seeing a shrink, while Ellen Parsons takes aim at her first big case against a powerful private military contractor. Wait, what? Turns out three long years have passed and much has changed since that day on the dock in the third season finale when Ellen asked Patty: "Was it all worth it?" Series executive producers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler and Daniel Zelman say it's a question that will continue to be answered by both women throughout the season. They talk to about the changes in Patty, why Ellen keeps coming back for more, the show's move from FX to DirecTV and their early plans for Season 5. Read More...

'Damages' Season 4: Glenn Close and Rose Byrne remain TV's strongest female duo

To the millions of TV viewers who think "Rizzoli & Isles" is the height of platonic female chemistry, I ask that you briefly consider "Damages" -- even though the legal thriller recently became much harder to track down. After not getting a pick-up from FX it moved to DirecTV's Audience Network, where, unlike other DirecTV rescued series "Friday Night Lights," it will air exclusively until its DVD release.But for anyone with DirecTV, "Damages" is essentially required viewing. Like recent seasons, the latest (premiering July 13) picks up with a bit of a convoluted case and a new group of high profile actors -- John Goodman, Dylan Baker, Chris Messina -- cast as nefarious and/or tortured players. But it continues to boast two of the medium's greatest assets: Glenn Close and Rose Byrne.Since the series' 2007 debut, the duo have nurtured the characters of Patty Hewes and Ellen Parsons, respectively, watching them drift in and...

'Damages' Season 4: John Goodman & Chris Messina Talk Life on Set

Any fan of 'Damages' knows the show is propelled to riveting dramatic heights thanks to the relationship between Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) and Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), but behind every great woman, there's a few good men. 'Damages' Season 4 is no exception. John Goodman, Chris Messina and Dylan Bakerjoin Close and Byrne for a new kind of case -- this season (premieres Wed., July 13 at 10PM on DirecTV's Audience Network ) , the ladies are exploring the military and private defense sector. Goodman plays Howard Erickson, the CEO of a private military defense company, the target of Ellen and Patty's case. Messina plays a decorated solider and contractor under Erickson and Baker plays Jerry Boorman, an associate of Erickson's who is described by DirecTV as a "shadowy opportunist."