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FX Announces Return Date for "Damages," "Nip/Tuck"

I've been on pins and needles awaiting some word from FX about when we'd next get to see Patty Hewes and Ellen Parsons tangle. The wait, Damages viewers, is finally over.

Cabler FX has announced today that Season Two of the Emmy Award-winning legal drama/thriller Damages will kick off on Wednesday, January 7th at 10 pm ET/PT. (Cue me jumping up and down with glee.)

FX has lined up thirteen new episodes for Season Two and the cast for the sophomore season includes Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden, and Timothy Olyphant.

Take a look at Damages' Season Two promo, set to the music of Duffy's "Stepping Stone," below:



I absolutely cannot wait for this sleek and serpentine series to return to the airwaves, even if I'll have quite the TiVo conundrum as it conflicts with both Bravo's Top Chef and ABC's Dirty Sexy Money (if the latter is still on at that point).

In other news, FX has also announced that Nip/Tuck will return to the schedule with eight new episodes beginning Tuesday, January 6th at 10 pm ET/PT.

The full press release from FX about Damages' and Nip/Tuck's returns can be found after the jump.

FX SETS RETURN DATES FOR NIP/TUCK AND DAMAGES

Basic Cable’s #1 Scripted Drama in Adults 18-34 Nip/Tuck Continues Its Fifth Season on Tuesday, January 6 at 10 PM ET/PT

Emmy® and Golden Globe® Winning Damages Returns For Its Second Season on Wednesday, January 7 at 10 PM


LOS ANGELES, November 12, 2008 – FX announced the return dates of two of its award-winning dramas, Nip/Tuck and Damages. The continuation of the fifth season of Nip/Tuck begins on Tuesday, January 6 at 10 PM E/P for eight weeks, while the second season of Damages premieres on Wednesday, January 7 at 10 PM E/P with 13 new episodes.

Nip/Tuck revolves around the lives of Dr. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon), two plastic surgeons, close friends and business partners who run McNamara/Troy, an overwhelmingly successful plastic surgery practice.

Earlier this season, Sean and Christian departed Miami for Los Angeles seeking a fresh start for McNamara/Troy in a new city. As season five continues, Sean tries to re-build his life after surviving a brutal attack from Colleen Rose. McNamara/Troy faces an unexpected, serious medical crisis. Christian decides to settle down with one woman and Sean discovers a new love in a moment of extreme vulnerability.

Guest stars include Sharon Gless, Portia de Rossi, AnnaLynne McCord, Bradley Cooper, John Schneider, Jennifer Coolidge, Morgan Fairchild and Katee Sackoff.

Damages, fresh off its Emmy wins for Outstanding Lead Actress (Glenn Close) and Outstanding Supporting Actor (Željko Ivanek), follows the turbulent lives of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), the nation’s most revered and reviled high-stakes litigator and her bright, ambitious young protégé Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne).

After her unprecedented victory over billionaire Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), Patty Hewes has the legal world at her feet. Just as she’s pondering her next move, Daniel Purcell (William Hurt), a man from Patty’s mysterious past, storms back into her life, catapulting Patty into a new legal challenge.

At the same time, Ellen is on a mission to take down Patty. She's agreed to act as an informant for the FBI, assisting them in their criminal investigation of Patty and the firm. As Patty unravels the mystery surrounding Daniel Purcell, she must also negotiate the perilous minefield both inside and outside her office.

In addition to Academy Award® winner William Hurt, Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden and Timothy Olyphant join the cast of Damages for its second season.


Nip/Tuck
was the #1 scripted drama series on basic cable among Adults 18-34 in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007/2008 to-date. Season five averaged more Women 18-34, Men 18-34, and Men 18-49 viewers than its prior four seasons on a first-run basis with an average of 3.5 million total viewers and 2.7 million Adults 18-49 – a retention of 97% from season three. In a weekly four-telecast cume, the show averaged 6.9 million total viewers and 5.1 million Adults 18-49.

Nip/Tuck was created and is executive produced by Ryan Murphy. Michael M. Robin is executive producer. It is produced by The Shephard-Robin Company in association with Warner Bros. Television Productions Inc.

Damages was recently nominated for seven Emmy Awards, and helped make history by being one of the two first basic cable shows ever nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. Close garnered the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (a basic cable first); Željko Ivanek won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (a basic cable first) and Ted Danson was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor. The show also earned the most Golden Globe Award nominations (4) of any show on television. Close won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama. The show received a nomination for Best TV Series – Drama and supporting stars Ted Danson and Rose Byrne were nominees.

Damages was created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman who also serve as executive producers, writers and showrunners. The series is produced by KZK Productions, FX Productions and Sony Pictures Television.

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from the Fox Networks Group. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 94 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning original series; an established film library with box-office hits from 20th Century Fox and other studios; and an impressive roster of acquired hit series. For more information about FX, visit our web site at www.FXnetworks.com.

Stay tuned.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I've heard a lot of weird news today, but this is by far the best thing ever! I share your love for Damages and can't wait until Jan. 7!
Have you seen the promo yet?!
I can't wait to celebrate the New Year with two of my favorite dramas - Lost and Damages!
Anonymous said…
So excited! And that promo looks AMAZING for S2. Love Duffy, love Damages, so it was made for me. :)
joy said…
Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait.

The trailer's great, and I love how I keep seeing it run on regular network.
Anonymous said…
I understand the TiVo challenge, and I have the solution: Catch a rerun. Top Chef typically replays the episode immediately thereafter (10-11 and 11-12 ET) as well as immediately preceding the next week's episode (but who could wait that long). I think Damages also replays at least once before the next week's episode. DSM (being a broadcast program) is the only one that doesn't.

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