JUSTIFIED Preview: “The Kids Aren’t All Right” (feat. Video Interviews with Natalie Zea, A.J.Buckley, Jacob Lofland, Jere Burns and John Kapelos)

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Revisiting Season 2’s favorite kid-in-jeopardy, Loretta McCready (Kaitlyn Dever) is back. But whenever Loretta is around, nothing is what you think is. She was trained by Mags Bennett (Margo Martindale) and the best criminal minds of Harlan County; so Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is naturally a little cautious about rushing to Loretta’s rescue when she is usually perfectly capable of rescuing herself. Yet not quite able to resist tempting fate, Raylan finds himself embroiled with Loretta while coming to the aid of one of her friends, which introduces him to Loretta’s fetching new social worker, portrayed by Amy Smart. [Read more...]

JUSTIFIED Preview: The Cast Teases “A Murder of Crowes” and Other Adventures of Season 5

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Returning to its Florida bayou roots, JUSTIFIED starts off its fifth season with a slight detour down memory lane for Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). Raylan is asked to take a trip back down to Florida’s everglades to lend assistance in a case where an off-duty customs officer was shot, and who may have had ties to the infamous Crowe family – more specifically, kin of Dewey Crowe. [Read more...]

JUSTIFIED Season 4 Video Preview: A Preacher, A Con Man and A Killer Walk Into a Bar!

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We may not know when the “snake in the grass” will strike, but evil has come once again to Harlan County in the FX drama series JUSTIFIED.  As if Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) did not have enough to worry about with a baby on the way and the baby-momma Winona (Natalie Zea) refusing to have anything to do with him, more trouble has found its way to Raylan’s doorstep.  But this time, he is not alone – the ill winds of change have caught Boyd Browder (Walton Goggins) and Ava (Joelle Carter) up in its midst as well. 
 
Just who is the Preacher Billy St. Cryr (Joe Mazzello) and what does he want with the folk of Harlan?  At this point Billy looks to be just as he appears, he is a preacher through and through and just wants to save the lost souls of those thought to be beyond hope and redemption.  But the same cannot be said of Billy’s scheming sister Cassie (Lindsay Pulsipher), who has other things in mind – namely to fleece each and every one of Billy’s wayward flock before moving on to the next unsuspecting town.
 
So if that’s the preacher and the con man, who is the killer?  Ah, that is the big mystery of the season.  Just how did the body of Waldo come to fall in the midst of the cul-de-sac suburb decades ago?  And who is Waldo?  In this week’s episode “Where’s Waldo?” plenty of answers will be provided about that big mystery that will lead Raylan on a merry-chase.
 
At the recent Season 4 premiere, stars Joelle Carter, Nick Searcy, Jacob Pitts, David Meunier, Raymond Barry and Jim Beaver provided a few teasers about what is going on for Ava, Art, Tim, Johnny, Arlo and Shelby this season: [Read more...]

Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins Teases JUSTIFIED’s Fourth Season Return (Think: Mystery, Uneasy Alliances and Sins of the Father!)

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The past three seasons of JUSTIFIED have taught us that Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is not a man to be trifled with. He does not seek trouble, but if trouble comes looking for him, he will greet it head on, shooting first, and asking questions later.  But as can be expected for a man who chose to be a U.S. Marshal and who found himself thrust back into the serpent’s nest of a community rife with lawlessness and criminal enterprises, trouble lurks around every corner. [Read more...]

The Top 10 Television Shows of 2012


 
Top 10 lists are tricky things.  It can be absurdly hard to narrow down anything to a select group of ten.  It’s like being asked to choose your favorite child and you just want to wail, “But I love all of them!”   This is particularly true in television.  Each year I commit to nearly 100 television shows that air throughout the twelve-month period.  Thus, to pare down to the few that were truly outstanding, it can be exceptionally difficult.   But there are always a deserving few who manage to do the impossible:  sustaining a high caliber of performance and be equally captivating entertainment.  As a caveat, there will always be better shows, but sometimes those shows just didn’t manage to be as consistently entertaining. Addictiveness plays a large part of what makes television shows successful.  It is a quality that is rare and elusive and can be dependent upon the personal tastes of the viewer.   However, when you simply cannot wait to see what comes next, then you know there is something special about that show.
 
Accordingly, these were the Top 10 TV Shows that I found myself counting down the minutes and hours of each week anxiously awaiting the next episode: [Read more...]

Q&A: Timothy Olyphant Tips His Hat to the Cool Cowboy World of JUSTIFIED


 
Somehow the addictiveness of FX’s hot drama series JUSTIFIED is only more apparent as the series whips right through its third season.  Taking a few minutes to chat with press in a recent conference call, star Timothy Olyphant dropped a few teasers and candidly shared what he likes most about portraying Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a man quick to pull the trigger when necessary and who stares down the deadliest villains with beguiling calmness.  [Read more...]

Midseason TV Preview: JUSTIFIED’s Third Season Offers Another Dance With the Devil

Returning for a third explosive season, FX’s razor-sharp series JUSTIFIED is back with more gunfights, brawls, and rampant crime in Harlan, Kentucky.  Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) may be a U.S. Marshal, but his life is cursed to be a crime-magnet. No matter what the situation or how many guns might be involved, Raylan walks straight in and astoundingly usually walks right back out.  But in the second season finale, Raylan’s good luck ran out and he took a bullet in a shoot-out with Mags Bennett’s (Margo Martindale) crew.  Also in that bloody finale, Raylan was not the only unlucky one as Ava Crowder (Joelle Carter) was shot point-blank by Mags’ son Dickie (Jeremy Davies), and Raylan’s aunt Helen (Linda Gehringer) was caught in the cross-fire as well.  Crime is a bit incestuous with the Bennetts, Crowders, Givens and other clans looking to preserve their way of life — their god-given right to pursue the almighty dollar by any means necessary. [Read more...]

The Butterfly Effect: The Metamorphosis of Boyd Crowder on JUSTIFIED

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For those who have been watching FX’s electrifying series JUSTIFIED, the transformation of bad-boy Boyd Crowder over the past season and a half has been riveting.  Played by the equally fascinating Walton Goggins, the dichotomy of such a strong actor immersed in such a complex, yet compelling character has enthralled viewers.  Essentially, the show has grasped a rattlesnake by the tail and is allowing us to see how it plays out.
 
Make no bones about it, any way you look at it, Boyd Crowder is a cold-blooded killer.  When we were first introduced to Boyd in the pilot episode, he blew up a church and ended up shot after squaring off with U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens.  Boyd and Raylan, having grown up together, are like opposite sides to the same coin — best friends who chose different sides of the law and yet whose fates are inexplicably tied together.  Throughout the first season, it became less clear whether Raylan or Boyd were really all that different; particularly as they both believed fervently that their viewpoint was the right one and would do anything to back it up.  Raylan just happens to have the law on his side having the protection of the U.S. Marshal service to back him up.
 
So as Raylan continues to walk the path of righteous justice, behind the power of the badge, Boyd has embarked on a thornier and murkier path.
 
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