by Sarah Warn
FX has ordered 13 episodes of a new Glenn Close legal thriller Damages, to debut this summer. The drama stars Close as Patty Hewes, one of America’s foremost litigators going after corporate titans. Her co-stars include Rose Byrne (Marie Antoinette, Wicker Park), Ted Danson (Help Me Help You), Tate Donovan (The O.C.) and Zeljko Ivanek (Hannibal, Black Hawk Down).
According to FX Networks president and GM John Landgraf, Damages is “a very well-written, well-acted thriller, a legal show that never goes into the court room. It’s very unusual relative to any legal shows you’ve seen.”
Hmmm. I might have more faith in FX if they weren’t also considering renewing Dirt (according to the article), and “bullish” on their new show The Riches, which like Dirt, started off okay, then went downhill pretty quickly. On the other hand, a series starring Glenn Close is at least worth checking out.
But if FX thinks Damages is going to compete with TNT’s The Closer as my favorite summer show, they’re going to have to seriously step up their game. An hour of Kyra Sedgwick bringing down the bad guys while wearing those glasses? Thank you!