Damages: Cast and Creators Talk Season 3

The third season of the labyrinthine FX drama Damages hits the air on Monday, January 25th with a new dynamite season. The cast and creators, including Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, Martin Short and Lily Tomlin, appeared this morning at the TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter Press Tour this morning to talk about Season 3.

This season deals with another sort of "ripped from the headlines" scandal as Patty makes it her mission to try and recover millions of dollars in lost investor funds from Wall Street con-man Louis Tobin (Len Cariou). The criminal dealings this year surround Tobin's family, whose son Joe (Campbell Scott) desperately wants the public to know that he had nothing to do with his father's pyramid-scheme, and whose matriarch Marilyn (Lily Tomlin) is hiding secrets. As Louis insists that he's hiding no money - no fortune to recoup - things begin to unravel and it's up to the family's attorney Leonard Widmore (Martin Short) to try and keep Patty at bay.

Why the casting of comedic greats Tomlin and Short in such dramatic roles? "It continues to amaze us to work with actors and performers who aren't always given opportunities to play other than what they're known for," Todd Kessler, executive producer and writer, said. He noted that, starting back when they cast Ted Danson as Arthur Frobisher, they all loved casting people that they were big fans of and that inspired them, even if they were known for comedy. "Carrot Top is in the next one," Short joked, appearing via satellite. "He's very effective." Series star Glenn Close remarked that she loved working with the two comedians in their non-comedic turns. "It was a very surreal experience. Having watched them my whole career and loved them." Close went on to add "Because of the pace that we work at a lot of it is like an improv. It's just a great process." Close then thought of a scene when Short, Tomlin and Campbell Scott were all together and how "one of the crew said that it was a gift to watch not only what they did in the scene but what they did in between takes," referring to the off camera antics.

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