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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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Lori February 7, 2011 at 4:09 am

My husband and I watched all of the Damages episodes and have been wondering why it wasn’t returning. So glad to hear it’s been saved and glad we have Direct tv

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PAM February 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm

IT IS INFURIATING TO ME THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS WAS ALLOWED!!!

I HATE ALL THE COMPANIES INVOLVED FOR SAYING IT DID NOT PAY, FOR SAYING THEY HAVE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS, FOR SAYING THEY ARE HAPPY TO HAVE THE SHOW SAVED. THIS IS ALL COMPLETE BULLSHIT. IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL AND I DON’T KNOW WHO I LOATHE MORE, FX OR DIRECT T.V.

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Ray February 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I no away to get it just join Netflix and wait for the ones you haven’t seen

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jane February 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm

although i will miss damages i am not going to switch my service just for one tv show
i guess i will just have to wait until it comess out on dvd

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Anonymous February 4, 2011 at 7:46 am

when will the new episodes of Damages start on direct tv? They just seem to be reruns the first couple of weeks

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admin February 4, 2011 at 8:54 am

@Anonymous: No date yet.

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Anita February 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I have been a loyal Damages watcher, been waiting for it to comeback and after not seeing any advertisements thought I would go to the Internet . I am so very upset I will not be able to watch this Great show, best on TV. We have very little choice for good programing. I do not have Direct TV so I’ll have to wait for DVD release. SHAME!

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Morgan Brown February 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I just found out about the switch to DirectTV. I have Brighthouse and even though I love Damages and its intensity I have no desire to switch over to DirectTv just for one show? Thats crazy it feels like the shows fans are being strongarmed. Not cool at all.

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dale douglas February 3, 2011 at 9:24 am

i have watched every episode of Damages religiously on FX on comcast do not have Direct TV am extremely upset about this, being the best show ever on TV WHAT TO DO

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Kim February 3, 2011 at 12:53 am

I’m soooo disgusted! This is such a great show with incredible acting and story lines! The only things that seem to make it on TV anymore are riduclous, smutty, reality shows. Being available only on Direct TV will definately not make me convert to Direct TV….it is more likely to make me stop watching TV….ugghhhh!!!

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Elmo February 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Bummer that this won’t be on cable/FX. The decline in viewership is directly tied to the long breaks between seasons. It’s rare that viewers will come back to a show after a long hiatus ala the Sopranos and The Shield. I question weather I should reinvest my time in Justified as it seems it is destined to suffer a similar fate to Damages

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Anonymous February 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Great that it will still be on but I unfortunately will not be able to see it. FX needs to get their additional seasons back on sooner. The Sheild was excellent but none of the others (Damages, Justified, Rescue Me) can afford to stay off too long. It’s rare that you have a show like the Sopranos where people will come back after such a long hiatus.

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Pam February 1, 2011 at 5:02 am

Unfortunattely, I have another satelite and cable company delivering my services. It is a shame that one company can have an exclusive to a show. We enjoyed Damages very much, but we will live without it. I hope at some later date the last two seasons will be able to be viewed by the rest of us somehow.

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Steve January 31, 2011 at 5:58 am

We are glad to see that it is not canceled. We are also happy to see it’s on Direct TV. We had Direct TV installed a few months ago and love it. All cable companies advertise they have the best picture available, it was hard for me to believe that one really is better than the other. But with Direct TV, I saw a big difference from my old cable company.

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Gail H January 30, 2011 at 10:42 am

I am very sad to not be able to see the new season unless I subscribe to Direct TV. The third years isn’t out of DVD yet, either!!

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lori January 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I have watched every episode of Damages. I am so mad I can’t see the new season. I dumped Direct TV about 25 days ago I wish I would have known it was only on Direct Tv I might have waited. Maybe not I hardley ever had service.

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