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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." //

Catch Up On 'Damages' Seasons 1-3 With This Rap Recap (VIDEO)

Miss 'Damages' Season 1-3 and want to watch Season 4? No problem! Thanks to this video, you can get caught up on the epic relationship between Patty Hewes and Ellen Parsons via a rap in under 2 minutes and 30 seconds. While it doesn't truly convey the drama and "wow!" factor 'Damages' delivers nearly every episode, it does give you the basics on the court cases and the ups and downs of Patty and Ellen. The show deserves a watch (or a rewatch), but if you're really itching to see new episodes of Glenn Close in her Emmy-winning role on DirecTV's Audience Network, then this video will catch you up. //

Rose Byrne Talks 'Damages' & the Admirable Ambition of Ellen Parsons

Chances are, if you didn't know who Rose Byrne was before, you do now after her tour de force summer. Between the smashing successes of her films 'Bridesmaids' and 'X-Men: First Class,' and the return of 'Damages' (Wed., July 13 at 10PM on DirecTV's Audience Network), there's no escaping this talented Aussie -- and no reason you should want to! When viewers last saw Byrne's Ellen Parsons, she was walking away from Patty Hewes (Glenn Close). It's now been three years in the world of 'Damages' and a lot has changed. "She's had a lot of time away from Patty," Byrne told AOL TV. "She's sort of been given her space and I think space from what she wants from the law. She's working at a completely different law firm. When [Patty and Ellen] meet again, it's on much different terms." //

Glenn Close on 'Damages' Season 4 and Mastering Patty Hewes

She's ruthless, cunning, manipulative ... and a doting grandma? What has become of Patty Hewes since viewers last saw her? I took that question directly to series star Glenn Close at the premiere of 'Damages' Season 4 (Wed., July 13 at 10PM on DirecTV's Audience Network). "She's at the top of her game, she has this huge suit against an international pharmaceutical company and she's going to win it -- and she knows she's going to win it," Close told me. 'Damages' begins three years after viewers last saw Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) and Patty together, and boy, how things have changed. Ellen has been picking Patty's brain about a huge case against Howard Erickson (John Goodman), the head of a private military defense organization. "She and Ellen have been having these coffees and one thing leads to another," Close said. "She's kind of moved on." //

'Damages' Season 6? Co-Creator is Optimistic

'Damages' has a new lease on life thanks to DirecTV, that's no secret. The show was picked up for Seasons 4 and 5 after FX passed on the critically-acclaimed drama, but many assumed these two extra seasons would serve to wrap up dangling threads. However, according to the creators of the Glenn Close-fronted series, they're not done planning for Patty Hewes (Close) and Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne). Read More... //