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'Justified' Premiere Recap And Review: 'Fate's Right Hand' - In With A Bang

January 21st, 2015 9:11am EST
'Justified' Premiere Recap And Review: 'Fate's Right Hand' - In
So, here we are: the beginning of the end of Justified. There's sadness that comes with that, obviously, given that this has been one of television's consistently excellent shows from the day it went on the air a little less than five years ago. But there's also a sense of excitement, because "Fate's Right Hand" proves that this show is not screwing around, and is going to finish things off as strong as it's ever been.

Winona is still raising Raylan's daughter Willa, and wondering why he's not there considering that he was supposed to be headed their way. But the reason why is obvious: it'...

'Justified' Recap: 'Restitution'

April 9th, 2014 9:08am EDT
'Justified' Recap: 'Restitution'
It's that time again: the time in which Justified wraps up another violent, complex and witty season. This time around, it's tempered slightly by the knowledge that next season will be the show's last, and some of the pieces for the ultimate end are already in play. With that in the back of our minds, let's say goodbye to Season 5 and look forward to what this tells us about Season 6.

Daryl Crowe is already mouthing off within the first thirty seconds (and unwisely getting into a staredown with Tim Gutterson; we would not want to cross Jacob Pitts). No one at the Marshals Office is amused ...

'Justified' Recap: 'Wrong Roads'

March 12th, 2014 9:10am EDT
'Justified' Recap: 'Wrong Roads'
What happens when Raylan Givens goes on vacation? A lot more than ever would happen on any of our vacations. But that's to be expected, because nobody wants to watch an hour of Justified that involves Raylan taking his daughter to Disney World or looking for a parking space at the mall.

But before we get to that, we're still dealing with the misfit brigade, who've at least managed to find their way into the United States, so they've accomplished something since we saw them last. They're still trying to move product back into the country, while Boyd and Daryl are drinking in the back office...

'Justified' Recap: 'Kill The Messenger'

February 12th, 2014 8:25am EST
'Justified' Recap: 'Kill The Messenger'
How do you follow up a pivotal episode of Justified? Break some stuff, kidnap some guys, and make Raylan Givens angry. This is basically everything that any sane person should never do, which means damned if it isn't fun to watch.

Art's already kind of drunk when Raylan finds him, which isn't a good sign. A worse sign is Art punching Raylan, which seems to indicate that Art has put all the pieces regarding Nicky Augustine's death together. The look on Raylan's face as Art leaves him there says all we need to know. And that's our entire teaser. One scene with one word of dialogue in it. How...

'Justified' Recap: 'Shot All To Hell'

February 5th, 2014 8:35am EST
'Justified' Recap: 'Shot All To Hell'
When the showrunner tells you this is one of the most important episodes in the series, you come into it with seriously high expectations. But seriously, when has Justified not delivered? Bodies fall, hearts get broken, and Raylan's credibility takes a hit in this week's top-shelf episode.

An "anonymous tip" has led our resident Sheriff Jackass to find the dead bodies that Boyd uncovered at the end of last week's festivities, and he calls Paxton in the middle of the night because the tipster also stated that Paxton "made a deal with the local criminal element." Yes, Mr. Paxton, Boyd Crowde...

'Justified' Recap And Review: 'Good Intentions'

January 22nd, 2014 8:25am EST
After last week's not so sterling episode, Justified is back to its old ways. Picking up right where things left off, Boyd is still searching for his drugs, leading him to accuse Wynn of ripping him off, at least until Wynn points out there's like a half-dozen suspects. And Raylan is busy getting laid, at least until Art ruins it. Thank you, Art.

Our boss marshal tells Raylan that Monroe (the guy he arrested last week, played by Xander Berkeley) will be out tomorrow and probably pissed that Raylan is using his house as a hotel. Raylan doesn't really care, because he's fixated on Alison (Am...

'Justified' Recap And Review: 'The Kids Aren't All Right'

January 15th, 2014 8:21am EST
If you thought last week's episode of Justified was packed full of TV goodness, then you'll love this week. Not only do we have three actors who should be immediately recognizable to any small-screen aficionado, but we've also brought back the great (and greatly underused) members of the show's own supporting cast, in telling a mostly standalone story that serves as a fantastic anti-drug PSA.

Two very not-nice dudes (played by Wood Harris of The Wire and Steve Harris of The Practice, who are actually related) are beating up a third guy for screwing up their business, and then decide to sho...

FX Confirms 'Justified' Set To End After Sixth Season

January 14th, 2014 10:25pm EST
Crime drama Justified is set to end after its sixth season, FX CEO John Landgraf confirmed during conference on Tuesday during the TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter Press Tour.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, star Timothy Olyphant and producer Graham Yost made the decision to bring the Emmy-winning show to an end and informed Landgraf, who wasn't wasn't thrilled about cutting a season off the seven that were originally planned.

"It was Graham Yost and Timothy Olyphant's decision. I would have liked to have had more Justified," he said. "It's one of my favorite shows."

"We ...

'Justified' Recap: 'A Murder Of Crowes'

January 8th, 2014 8:15am EST
After four impressive seasons, Justified has become like a welcome houseguest; you expect to see it come back and you know that when it does, it's going to be worth the wait. Still led by the unstoppable Timothy Olyphant, season five is everything we love about this show and then a little extra something, too.

The first few minutes of the season premiere play out like a Kentucky-based episode of Law & Order. Raylan's in court being taken to task for his less-than-civil handling of bad guys, while Boyd is visiting an incarcerated Ava to assure her that he's working steadily toward her relea...

Top 5 Things We'd Like To See In Justified's 5th Season

January 7th, 2014 10:20am EST
1. Classic Raylan

Part of the fun of Justified is the many quirks of the main character, Raylan. Season 4 saw a more somber version of our cowboy hat wearing hero. And for good reason. His father had tried to kill him and then was murdered in prison partially because of Raylan’s actions, all before Raylan’s own child’s birth. That’s definitely enough to ruin anybody’s good mood. Hopefully, Raylan doesn’t continue down the same dark and depressing path. The best version of Raylan Givens is the wisecracking, gun-toting lawman who can’t help but relate a bit too much to the criminals he’s so ...

'Justified' Recap: 'Peace of Mind'

March 27th, 2013 9:40am EDT
With only two episodes of Justified left this season, things are going full tilt in Kentucky. As we finally get an update on the impending Raylan Junior (what with Natalie Zea being on The Following and all), her father is getting some mild applause from his colleagues for the whole Drew Thompson thing ("Does this mean you're finally getting a haircut?" Rachel quips). Drew is in the conference room, meeting with the AUSA (guest star Rick Gomez), because he's demanding protection for Ellen May. Raylan's response is "Stick it up your ass."

Where's Ellen May? She's with Ellstin Limehouse (gue...

'Justified' Recap: 'Decoy'

March 20th, 2013 9:20am EDT
Things are definitely hitting the fan in this week's Justified. While the Marshals try to get Drew Thompson someplace safe - you have to love Art inquiring about a rocket launcher - Boyd is trying to appease an unhappy Nick Augustine (guest star Mike O'Malley; can you believe this is the guy who used to host Nickelodeon's GUTS?).

Holed up in his father's house, Raylan recounts history with Drew (guest star Jim Beaver), at least until Art comes in and gives him a status update. "Art, we gotta move, and we gotta move soon," Raylan insists. That's a good idea, because Boyd is telling Augustin...

'Justified' Recap: 'Hole in the Wall' (Season Premiere)

January 9th, 2013 9:15am EST
Certain things about Justified never change. There's always likely to be some kind of armed standoff. There's always someone with a secret, possibly more than one. And no matter what the story, something always comes back to history or to family. All of those things are true about "Hole in the Wall" - and yet, surprisingly for this usually excellent series, the episode doesn't quite gel together.

Season four opens with a flashback to January, 1983, when a disgruntled husband finds a dead body that's literally fallen to earth in the middle of his suburban street - bringing with him what l...

Timothy Olyphant on 'Justified' Season 4: 'We're Looking for the Unexpected'

January 8th, 2013 9:15am EST
Raylan Givens is back for more. The Kentucky marshal with the quick draw and faster wit returns tonight as FX's Justified begins a new season, and series star and co-executive producer Timothy Olyphant, spoke recently about what's ahead for his alter-ego and how the hit drama series continues to stand out amongst a crowded television landscape.

(SPOILER ALERT - This interview contains information about season 4 of Justified and spoilers for some events in season 3.)

"We're doing our best to try to keep the story both familiar and unexpected," said Olyphant. "When we sit down to concoct ...

Ten Films I Love That You've Never Heard Of

September 9th, 2012 2:30pm EDT
Brittany's Blog: This is my viewpoint, from the far end of the couch...and this weekend, I'm busy re-organizing my DVD collection. All 3,000-plus of them. But while I own my fair share of blockbusters, I also have a special place in my heart for lesser-known movies. A lot of great films fly under the radar, and as I'm moving a few of them around on my shelves, I thought I ought to share them with you.

In alphabetical order, here are ten of my favorite flicks that you probably didn't know existed, and links so you can pick them up for yourselves (which you should).

1. Archangel (2005): Eve...

Interview: From 'Hitman' To 'The Divide' Filmmaker Xavier Gens Speaks To Starpulse!

April 16th, 2012 12:22pm EDT
Xavier Gens photo
For only having made a handful of movies, filmmaker Xavier Gens has already made quite a name for himself. Right out of the gate his feature film the horror outing "Frontier(s)" was not only the most notable of the 2007 Horrorfest 8 Films To Die For, but was so intense it was given the NC-17 rating. His second feature "Hitman" with Timothy Olyphant was no less controversial, with Gens having the visually impressive film taken out of his control during editing by 20th Century Fox. And his latest flick is perhaps his most dark, daring and amazing to date – a trapped in a basement post-apoc...

'Justified' Recap: Bad Things Happen When 'Guy Walks Into A Bar'

March 21st, 2012 2:04am EDT
Justified keeps going strong this week, as Raylan and Quarles have another confrontation that makes up one of the best scenes in the show's history. If Timothy Olyphant or Neal McDonough don't win an Emmy, I will be shocked.

Nothing good ever happens past nightfall in Kentucky, at least on this show. There are two sheriff's deputies planting drugs in Shelby's truck, for one. He stops them with his shotgun, but it's clear they're playing dirty in Harlan County. Shelby then talks to Boyd, who decides he doesn't want his friend going anywhere alone from that point on. He goes to vis...

'Justified' Recap: Tying Up 'Loose Ends'

March 14th, 2012 2:03am EDT
Even the best Justified villain has to fall. And with only five episodes left in the show's third season, this is the beginning of what should be a fantastic end.

We start at the end of another long day for Raylan (does he even have short days?), as he contemplates what to do with the gun that killed his ex-wife's second husband. He stashes it in his apartment and then decides to inspect the ceiling.

The next morning, he's summoned into Art's office. Art wants to know what Raylan has on Quarles "right now that you can prove." After the resulting silence, he tells Raylan that until Quarl...

Neal McDonough Takes 'Justified' To Another Level

March 13th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
Neal McDonough
It was a tall order to follow up Margo Martindale's award-winning villainy on Justified. Yet veteran actor Neal McDonough has done just that and more.

He is the man behind Detroit mobster Robert Quarles, the latest adversary to cross paths with the infamous Raylan Givens, as played perfectly by Timothy Olyphant. When playing against an actor of Olyphant's caliber, one must be at a certain higher level already. But what makes McDonough a fantastic choice, the choice that I can't believe it took this long to think of, is that he doesn't just hold his own; watching him, one gets the sense tha...

Q&A: Behind The Badge With 'Psych' Star Timothy Omundson

February 29th, 2012 11:00am EST
At the beginning of this season of Psych, I chatted with Maggie Lawson -- now, as the show returns, it's time for her partner Timothy Omundson (also known as the infamous Detective Carlton Lassiter) to have his say.

While I enjoy the talents of every member of Psych's fun and funny cast, I have a certain affection for Omundson, who's made Lassiter my favorite disgruntled detective on television. His deadpan delivery and expressions are always spot-on, and he's a great straight man for the oft-hyper antics required of star James Roday.

What you might not know is that in addition to...

'Justified' Recap: 'The Man Behind The Curtain' (3.07)

February 29th, 2012 2:07am EST
This week's Justified is a slow episode by comparison, but leave it to one of TV's top writing staffs to have something worthwhile in even the quieter hours.

Still dealing with Winona's departure, Raylan is getting blitzed at a different place, which happens to be the bar below his new apartment. Imagine his surprise when Quarles shows up at the bar beside him. "You're a bouncer in a dive bar," he says, and is not impressed. Raylan retorts with details of Quarles' propensity for roughing up male escorts that I didn't need. The next day, determined to take Quarles down, he needles...

Q&A: How 'Justified' Star Timothy Olyphant Conquers TV

February 22nd, 2012 1:48pm EST
If there's one film actor who came into television and blew the doors off the medium, it was Justified star Timothy Olyphant.

In three seasons as quick-witted, quick-drawing Kentucky marshal Raylan Givens, the Live Free or Die Hard actor hasn't given a bad performance. In fact, he hasn't given less than a great one. Whether it's his leveling stare or just the way he points his words, Olyphant carries himself with a natural intensity that makes Raylan the infamous character we've been told he is. Simply put, in someone else's hands, this role just wouldn't work.

Off-screen, he's incredib...

'Justified' Recap: 'When The Guns Come Out' (3.06)

February 22nd, 2012 2:16am EST
By the title of this episode of Justified, you should be able to guess that there's more shooting than usual. Yet as is also usual, this show is a lot more than just its body count.

While Raylan is trying to figure out where Winona ran off to after she left him last week, lots of people are being shot (which is kind of typical for Kentucky). He's advised not to keep going after her, but we all know Raylan is too stubborn to listen. Instead, he goes looking for the money from the bank robbery she swiped last season, and when he finds it missing, he knows what's up. He asks Art for ...

'Justified' Recap: 'Thick As Mud' (3.05)

February 15th, 2012 2:03am EST
There's a lot going on in this week's Justified, and quite a few familiar faces. If "Thick As Mud" has a particular pop to it, it's because Elmore Leonard has a co-story credit for this ride.

While Limehouse is determined to keep Dickie (and anyone else) away from what remains of Mags' money, Boyd and Arlo are burying Devil's body after his bloody end, and Raylan's relationship with Winona is as rocky as it's always been...and oh crap, Dewey Crowe is missing some internal organs. That last part is courtesy of that creepy prison nurse Lance (Clayne Crawford), who just will not go awa...

My 10 Celebrity Valentines For 2012

February 13th, 2012 11:00am EST
Adam Levine
Valentine's Day is almost upon us. I don't have a valentine this year, but I'd like to give a few out to 10 celebs whose work I have particular affection for.

1. Adam Levine

My favorite The Voice coach is someone I'll always admire, and deservedly so: he has more hardware than a Home Depot. This past year alone, he and Maroon 5 scored their first American Music Award, a People's Choice Award and a Grammy nomination. I totally concur with my friend Jesse Blaze Snider, who referred to them as a band "with three near-perfect albums." (And a fourth on the way, reportedly due in June.)


'Justified' Recap: 'The Devil You Know' (3.04)

February 8th, 2012 2:20am EST
Justified: just when you think you've got it figured out, it keeps unraveling and then it punches you in the stomach. And it's worth all the pain, because it's the best series on TV.

This week, Devil's a little restless, but that's because he's got a meeting with Quarles. What the heck is going on? One of those instances where someone thinks they're bigger than they are, that's what. After his conversation with Boyd last week, Devil is twitchy, and Quarles does his best to make him feel important. "This is an opportunity that only happens once," he teases, and Devil is listening.


Q&A: 'Justified's' Erica Tazel - A Star On And Off-Screen

February 7th, 2012 4:50pm EST
Timothy Olyphant might be the star of FX's Justified, but he's far from the only one. Actress Erica Tazel has made the most out of her first series regular role as the no-nonsense Rachel Brooks.

From the pilot episode, Rachel has proven an effective balance to Raylan's more outside-the-lines approach, and we've seen their relationship grow along with her character. One of the highlights of season two came in "For Blood or Money" where we got to learn a lot more about Rachel, who has become one of Justified's most pleasant surprises, and that's because it's obvious how much thought a...

'Justified' Recap: 'Harlan Roulette' (3.03)

February 1st, 2012 2:12am EST
If you want to see just how far Justified has come, "Harlan Roulette" is the episode to look at. Colorful, intriguing and at a few points unsettling, it's the complete package.

Ellstin Limehouse is having words with Ava. He says she looks good, and she replies "better than the last time we saw each other," which is just one heck of a loaded sentence. She wants him to meet Boyd. And so, on a bridge in the middle of the night, with plenty of glowering from various minions on both sides, the two converse. "It has come to my attention that you are in possession of something that belo...

'Justified' Recap: 'Cut Ties' (3.02)

January 25th, 2012 2:10am EST
Episode two of Justified's second season is a solid standalone that also continues to hand us pieces of a masterful bigger picture.

Last week's episode ("The Gunfighter") started Justified's third season off strong. "Cut Ties" keeps up the standard, but in a different way.

Raylan wakes up in Winona and Gary's house, quickly mistaken for Gary by the realtor who's showing people around. Have a joke about Winona cheating on him with a realtor again. Once Raylan wakes up and pulls himself together, he visits Boyd in prison and actually asks him for relationship advice. Boyd points out that ...

TV Book Club: Elmore Leonard's 'Raylan'

January 24th, 2012 3:15pm EST
It's fitting that day-and-date with his TV reprise, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens made a triumphant return to print.

Devoted fans of FX's Justified will know that the show's unique hero (so pitch-perfectly played by Timothy Olyphant) has his roots in a short story and a pair of novels. Ironically, it's the TV show we have to thank for Elmore Leonard's new novel Raylan, according to Justified showrunner Graham Yost.

At the recent Television Critics Association press tour, Yost (below left, with Leonard and Olyphant) told reporters, "It started when [Leonard] was visiting the set in the fir...