“Damages” courts Lily Tomlin

If you’re searching for a sign of intelligent life in television, look no further than this latest big of casting news. Next season’s nemesis for Damages’ Cruella-like attorney Patty Hewes (Glen Close) will be played by our favorite multiple-personality lesbian, Lily Tomlin.

FX announced this week that Tomlin will guest star on Damages’ third season as the head of a powerful family. Campbell Scott will play her son and Martin Short will be the family’s “high-powered attorney.”

Yes, that Martin Short.

Damages resumed production this week after Close racked up her second Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for the role of Hewes. Last year, Close became the first actress from a basic cable series to win the award.

Tomlin, believe it or not, turned 70 on September 1 and isn’t slowing down one iota. She has a full slate of live shows scheduled in addition to TV and movie appearances. And, of course, she never tires of making women go a little gay.

I can’t wait to see Tomlin and Close butt heads on screen. And I’m secretly hoping that Tomlin’s character is somehow connected to the telephone company.

Will you be watching when Tomlin appears on Damages? Any predictions for the coming season?

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