‘Justified’ Renewed, Bitches

05.04.10 7 years ago 18 Comments

In badass news, FX announced today that it has renewed “Justified” for a second season, ordering 13 more episodes of the Elmore Leonard series about U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). From the press release:

Through seven weeks, first-run episodes of Justified are averaging 3.4 million viewers and 1.7 million Adults 18-49.  The weekly multi-run average viewership for the series is 7.5 million total viewers and 3.9 million Adults 18-49 (six episodes). Justified is this year’s number-one rated new series on basic cable in delivery of Men 18-49 (1.1 million). Justified was the most-watched series premiere in FX history, with 4.9 million total viewers, surpassing The Shield’s 4.8 million total viewers (3/12/02).

Because “Justified” doesn’t make a lot of industry news, I tend to say very little about it. But it deserves a lot more credit for being an outstanding show. Over the first half of this season, the writers have transformed “Justified” from a competent procedural to a longer story with an interwoven narrative arc, and Givens has turned out to be a more complex character than he initially appeared to be. Also, Timothy Olyphant takes off his shirt! YOW! Am I right ladies?

(click smaller picture for animated GIF. More “Justified” GIFs here and here.)

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