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Interview: Joelle Carter Isn't 'Justified's' Damsel In Distress

To end our "Countdown to   Justified " on a high note, I went to one of the stars. Actress   Joelle Carter , who plays Ava Crowder on the FX drama, sat down with me to dish about the second season, the experience of being on the series, and her work on one of my favorite films of all time. Warning: there are spoilers ahead. Read More... //

TV Tonight: What's On Wednesday 2/9

This Wednesday night is a big day for season and series premieres and finales! Tonight we say goodbye to the first season of Live to Dance, and Friday Night Lights as the series comes to a close on DirecTV. But don't fret -- Justified season 2 kicks off on FX tonight, and Matthew Perry's new comedy series Mr. Sunshine premieres on ABC! See what else is new tonight: 8/7c The Middle  on ABC Live to Dance  on CBS -- season finale! American Idol  on FOX Minute to Win It  on NBC 8:30/7:30c Better With You  on ABC 9/8c Modern Family  on ABC Criminal Minds  on CBS Human Target  on FOX Minute to Win It  on NBC Friday Night Lights  on DirecTV -- series finale! 9:30/8:30c Mr. Sunshine  on ABC -- series premiere! 10/9c Off The Map  on ABC Blue Bloods  on CBS Law & Order: Special Victims Unit  on NBC Top Chef  on Bravo Justified  on FX -- season premiere! Hot in Cleveland  on TV Land What will you be watching?

'Justified' Creator Graham Yost Talks Raylan, Boyd and Season 2 Feuds

At the end of my interview with 'Justified' executive producer Graham Yost, an unexpected thing happened. He brought up 'Psych.' Don't worry, the second season of 'Justified,' which arrives at 10PM ET Wednesday on FX, is not an homage to the USA show about a fake psychic. In its second season, 'Justified' is better than ever; it's still a rich and intoxicating blend of shaggy yet taut storytelling, sterling dialogue and terrific acting. The FX show remains deeply embedded in the world created by Elmore Leonard (who wrote the stories on which 'Justified' is based), and U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is not heading to Santa Barbara to visit Shawn Spencer. But as Yost and I were wrapping up our chat, I said that I looked forward to watching 'Justified' because it's, well, fun. "That's the whole goal," Yost answered with a smile. Read More... //

'Justified' 2.03 'The I Of The Storm' Advance Review

A week from today, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens returns in FX's  Justified  - and to get you ready, I've taken a sneak peek at the third episode of season two, "The I Of The Storm." (If you've missed them, you can find my reviews of the first two episodes of the new season  here  and  here .) This episode further reinforces my belief that nothing good ever happens on a school bus - especially if it's a stolen bus  transporting Oxycontin. After said bus is attacked and the drugs absconded with, Raylan has not one but two sets of criminals to find, and immediately suspects Boyd Crowder. In fact,  everyone suspects Boyd, but he is not the problem. (You have to feel for the guy. The one time he doesn't do something and he still gets grief.) Both he and Raylan get major headaches once it becomes apparent who  is  the problem, and that the person in question is a few crayons short of a full box.  While saying any more would be spoiling, the plot does allow for Walton Goggins to take center stage after limited appearances in the first two episodes, and it goes without saying that he's pretty darn amazing. His last scene here will shock you. Remind me again why he didn't get an Emmy nomination last year? Read More... //

FX's badass 'Justified' season two posters

Now that Steven Seagal’s A&E reality show is finished, can FX get the name   Lawman   back? Because the second season posters for   Justified   brings back to mind the show’s original working title before that damned Seagal series nabbed it first. I’ve seen the first few episodes of S2 and they are quite strong,   Justified   fans — more consistent than the first season, which started out a bit rocky after its terrific pilot. Here’s U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, taking aim: Read more... //

Interview: Elmore Leonard Is More Than 'Justified'

You've heard me wax poetic time and again about my fierce love for FX's   Justified . As the show returns for its second season on February 9, I sat down with the man we owe it all to - legendary novelist Elmore Leonard - to talk about one of the best dramas on television, how it got to be that way, and the already much-anticipated next literary adventure of Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Read More... //

Interview: 'Justified' co-star Natalie Zea

Raylan Givens' ex-wife Winona doesn't appear in person in any of the Elmore Leonard stories that introduced the character who's now the hero of FX's "Justified." She's mentioned in passing a few times as Raylan laments how she left him for a real-estate salesman, but that's it. "Justified" gave the character flesh in the form of actressNatalie Zea. But for a while in that first season, Winona threatened to become as irrelevant as she was in the books - to the point where Zea suggested it might be best if she and the series parted company. Fortunately for all involved, things changed quickly, and as the series prepares to start its second season (a week from tonight at 10 p.m. on FX), Winona is just as present and vital as the other supporting characters, and is trying to figure out if the night she and Raylan spent together near the end of the first season is going to lead to more - and if either of them want it to.   Read More... //

'Justified': Raylan Givens knows Han shot first

You might not peg Raylan Givens as a "Star Wars" fan, but it turns out the lead character in "Justified" has a little bit of geek cred.It's on display in the teaser for the show's second season, which premieres Feb. 9 on FX. Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and a suspect are in a bar, and Givens notes how much it reminds him of the cantina scene: "Did you know that in the original version, Han shoots first? But then they changed it, so that the bad guy pulls on Han first."It's a great 30 seconds of promotion, capturing both Givens' tendency to shoot first, the tension that being around someone as tightly wound as he is creates and the show's sly sense of humor. Take a look:... //

JUSTIFIED Season 2 New Trailer

Watch a new trailer of Season 2 of JUSTIFIED which premieres Wednesday, February 9 at 10PM ET/PT on FX.  Justified Show Summary: JUSTIFIED is the story of Deputy U.S. Marshal RAYLAN GIVENS (Timothy Olyphant), a true-blue hero born and reared in the hill country of eastern Kentucky who left at age 19 to become a U.S. Marshal. Now, years later, after shooting a gun thug in a Miami hotel and thereby incurring the wrath of his Marshals Service superiors, Raylan has been sent in punishment (and by fate?) to the one place to which he vowed he would never return – Kentucky. But, being back in Kentucky, Raylan will also have to confront a past crowded with enough skeletons to choke a graveyard. Read More... //

Timothy Olyphant on the Joys of ‘Justified’

Advancing through scenes with an unmistakable gait and staring intensely at co-stars from beneath agile eyebrows, Timothy Olyphant has quietly established himself as a TV star. Following turns in ensemble pieces like Doug Liman’s "Go" and Luke Greenfield’s "The Girl Next Door," he became a standout presence on David Milch’s "Deadwood" as the tightly-wound Sherriff Bullock, which subsequently led to high-profile roles in movies like "Live Free or Die Hard" and "Hitman." His latest character is Raylan Givens, the genteel quick-draw expert at the center of F/X’s "Justified," whose second season is currently filming, and whose first just arrived on Blu-ray last week. Speakeasy caught up with Olyphant via telephone to discuss the release of "Justified" Season One on Blu-ray. In addition to describing his approach to playing Raylan Givens, he offered some insights into his ongoing creative process, and revealed a few secrets about what’s to come in his career. Read More... //