Damages: Not Cancelled; Renewed for Seasons Four and Five

DamagesGood news! Damages has been saved from cancellation and there will be a fourth and fifth seasons. Unfortunately, not all of the show’s fans will be able to see the new episodes.

Damages revolves around Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), a tough New York attorney. She takes on tough cases and will do just about anything to make sure her clients come out on top. Prominent castmembers have included Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, Ted Danson, Zeljko Ivanek, Noah Bean, Anastasia Griffith, and Philip Bosco.

The FX series has been declining in the ratings for some time and the third season finale only drew 925,000 viewers. The cable channel said that they couldn’t afford to keep broadcasting the show based on those numbers. They also said they’d be open to some sort of partnership deal if Sony could find another buyer (ala the shared airings of Friday Night Lights between NBC and DirecTV).

DirecTV has come to the show’s rescue but is financing new episodes for exclusive airings, in a similar vein to the deal they made for Passions a couple years back. This means that viewers who don’t have DirecTV won’t be able to see the episodes.

Will you watch Damages on DirecTV?

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“FX was very proud to have developed one of the best scripted series on television, but, in order to have a future, the show needed DirecTV and we are thrilled they stepped in,” said John Landgraf, President & General Manager, FX Networks. “Sony Pictures Television is a great production partner and we at FX Productions are excited for these next two seasons.”

Under the exclusive deal, DirecTV has ordered 20 new episodes of Damages that will play out over the course of two seasons. They’ll air on DirecTV’s exclusive 101 channel in 2011 and 2012. The satellite provider has also acquired the rights to rerun the first three seasons of Damages.

For those without DirecTV, the episodes will surely be released on DVD at some point.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear that Damages has been saved? If you don’t already subscribe, would this news make you consider ordering DirecTV?

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  1. Linda says

    I agree with the BS reality shows . It takes someone with intelligence to watch a show like Damages. We are a dying bread and it’s sad but too many people like shows a 3rd grader would watch. Sad

    I love Damages and we are currently streaming it. I would not spend my time on my most lonely boring day watching 90% of what is offered out there.

  2. James Horn says

    I have been watching the series on Netflix. I am addicted, do you know if Netflix will carry the 5th season? And has it been renewed for any additional episodes after the 5th season? I don’t watch courtroom drama’s or any type drama’s on TV, but DAMAGES has changed my mind. I’m addicted.

  3. Betty Todd, says

    Oh my gosh…please do NOT cancel this series on FX — I am totally addicted. This is the best drama TV series ever that has held my interest. Just when I think there can’t possibly be more twists and turns, it triples. Whoever does the writing … I don’t have words that would describe the creative mind they have. PLEASE CONTINUE WITH THIS SERIES and if you must end it please make the last program a good one…I trust that you won’t disappoint your fans.

    The actors for the characters are perfect too; right on the bulls eye.

  4. Mary says

    Between this and Mad Men on AMC, I am going to have to seriously consider switching. I don’t know what to do about my lifetime free HD:($/@$&/@-

  5. Ashley Fisher says

    OMG!! So upset that Damages is almost done. Season finale starts in 5 days. I have Direct TV thank goodness. Please can some network pick it up!!!! I’m so tired of reality BS TV!!!!! Finally some great actors and they cancel it. Give me something I like. PLEASE!!!

  6. Cathy says

    I discovered Damages on Netflix and LOVED it! I was excited to hear that it was still in production & planned on watching it on FX. But now that it’s been picked up by Direct TV I’m now disappointed and will have to wait to see if Netflix receives the additional seasons….

  7. Linda says

    When will Netflix get it? Screw the networks with their over abundance of advertisements (which I MUTE anyway).

  8. Sue says

    I love Damages. It is just so long in between seasons before it comes on again. Now becasue I don’t have Direct tv I have to wait for it to come out on video. It is so good. I wish it was back on Fx. It’s always about money isn’t it.

  9. Barb Eberhardt says

    Damages is one of my favorite shows. My husband and I make our night on Weds so we can stay home and watch Damages. When does the new seasons start?

  10. Marieta says

    The season 4th is simply horrible. The theme of terrorism in Middle Orient was not fit for both lawyers. They seem lost and series is making sleep

  11. Yracema Carracedo-Sanchez says

    Damages is an amazing show one of my favorite. Never saw it on FX but I’m very glad Direct TV picked it up. Looking forward to season 5.

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