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Justified: FX TV Series Renewed for Season Three [release]

Justified season threeAs expected, FX has renewed Justified for a third season of 13 episodes. No word on when year three will air but the first two seasons began airing in February and March. Season two will wrap on June 8th.

Here’s the press release from FX:

FX’S CRITICALLY ACLLAIMED HIT DRAMA JUSTIFIED GETS PICK UP

Network Orders 13 Episodes for Third Season from FX Productions and Sony Pictures Television
Six All New Episodes Remain in Season One, Wednesdays at 10 PM ET/PT With Season 1 Finale Airing June 8
Season Two (First-Run) Averaging 3.9 Million Total Viewers and 2.0 Million Adults 18-49
Marking Gains of +16% in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 vs. Season One Average With Multi-Run Weekly Average of 7.2 Million Total Viewers and 3.7 Million Adults 18-49

LOS ANGELES, March 29, 2011 – The FX drama series Justified is enjoying one of the most critically acclaimed seasons of any show on television this year and today the network has ordered another season of the hit series, picking up a 13-episode third season, announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX Networks. Six all new episodes remain in season two, airing Wednesdays at 10 PM ET/PT, with the second season finale airing May 4.

“Justified was a critically acclaimed hit series in its first season, but the show has far surpassed our expectations this season,” said Landgraf. “Creatively, the show is on a roll. The performances of Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Margo Martindale and the entire cast are extraordinary. Graham Yost and his team of writers are delivering some of the richest stories anywhere on TV and are doing a brilliant job of being true to Elmore Leonard’s original character, Raylan Givens. We couldn’t be more proud of the work everyone has done.”

Developed for television by Graham Yost and starring Timothy Olyphant, Justified (TV-MA) is based on the popular Elmore Leonard character “Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens” from his short story Fire in the Hole and some of his other novels.

Yost said, “I always say that the best review we’ve ever received on Justified is the fact that Elmore Leonard gets a kick out of the show. I must add to that. Now tied for the best feedback we’ve ever received is the news that a network as cool and original and supportive as FX is bringing us back for another year.”

“The show’s appeal speaks volumes to Graham’s fresh approach to storytelling,” said Jamie Erlicht, president of programming and production, Sony Pictures Television.

“The stellar performances by Timothy, Walton and the entire cast are Emmy caliber and we couldn’t be prouder of this series” added Zack Van Amburg, president of programming and production, Sony Pictures Television.

SOURCE: The Nielsen Company, NHI (Live+7)

Through seven weeks, first-run episodes of Justified are averaging 3.9 million viewers (+15% vs. season 1) and 2.0 million Adults 18-49 (+18% vs. season 1). The weekly multi-run average viewership for the season 2 is 7.2 million total viewers and 3.7 million Adults 18-49, respective gains of +6% in Total Viewers and +6% in Adults 18-49.

The series co-stars Walton Goggins guest stars as “Boyd Crowder,” Nick Searcy as Givens longtime friend and boss “Chief Deputy Art Mullen,” Jacob Pitts as “Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson,” Erica Tazel as “Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks,” Joelle Carter as “Ava Crowder,” and Natalie Zea as Raylan’s ex-wife “Winona Hawkins.” This season Margo Martindale joined the cast in a supporting role as “Mags Bennett,” matriarch of a rural Kentucky crime family and nemesis of Raylan Givens.

Yost wrote the pilot and serves as Executive Producer/Writer on the series. Leonard is an Executive Producer on the series along with Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Dinner, and Olyphant is Producer. Justified is produced by FX Productions and Sony Pictures Television.

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 99 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning original series, an established film library of acquired box-office hit movies, and an impressive lineup of acquired hit series.

What do you think? Glad to hear Justified is returning? How long do you think it can go on?

 

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Jim Evans November 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Just read that Justified will be back soon. You renewed it for another season. Thats great news. I’m 71 years young and the wife is 65 years young. We watch it every week during the season. Please make the seasno longer. Keep it running and keep making us folks here in northern Georgia happy with this program. Great writing and suspense. Reality shows stink and FX shows Rock. Thanks, Jim

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Shelly Allen November 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I can’t get enough of Justified and my son-in-law is a CHIFE UNITED STATES MARSHALL I really enjoy the show because I live right on the TN/ KY line and have kin folk in KY and this is like watching my family on TV not as crazy but close keep this show on the air I love it

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Jo Ann November 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I, too, discovered the show in last episodes of Season 1 and Season 2 was over w-a-a-y-y- too soon! I eagerly await each showing, love the Kentucky settings, the characters, and the acting is downright amazing every episode. The writing on this show is a delight. Can hardly wait to see Season 3……and Season 4 and Season 5….ad infinitum.

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Art October 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Best directed, acted, and scripted show since Hill Street Blues. Hope they have a long run. All actors are superb!

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marsha October 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I am soo excited that raylan is coming back for a 3rd season. I am kinda thinking they need to pick up a fall season in addition to the spring one. it is way too long between the finale and the next season. Also cant wait to get season 2 on DVD!!YAY!! LOVE IT!!

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mari September 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Love the show, the Kentucky lifestyle portrayed, especially the marshall. Why so long before the next season? Old Boyd brings something interesting to the story line and along with the other characters keeps one engaged.

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Rebecca Stanley September 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Love justified. Added more than one friend of the show just by encouraging them to watch the show. Once was all they needed. I hope this show goes on forever.

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Sue September 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I LOVE this show…wish it was on longer than 13wks. I just happened to come across it toward the end of season 1, and absolutly love the show. Bring it on for longer and keep re-newing!! Ive liked alot of shows that do not get renewed, like FLASHPOINT on CBS. These shows are much better than ALL the reality shows which they could and should take off the air or not even make…except DANCING WITH THE STARS!! I do love that show.

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jim August 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

cant wait for season 3 the best show on tv

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ryan stevens July 31, 2011 at 8:15 pm

cant wait for season 3 yo hoo

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Texas Moon July 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I can’t wait. I love this show. Season Three needs to start before Feb 2012. Fall woud be just great. I’m so excited. I can’t wait.

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Khoo Siew Mun July 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I’m addicted to this show! But will only think it is GREAT if Raylan Givens carries on with Winona as the true love of his life, as he has done in Season 2. Her character must strengthen a bit, to be less selfish, to one with an ability to hold real conversations with Givens. Long live the series!

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Ron June 9, 2011 at 8:34 am

i cant wait till season 3 WHOOPIE i am addicted to …..
i have season 1 where can i pre order season 2 at …
thanks
Ron

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Donna & Bill R. May 30, 2011 at 9:17 am

The TV series, Justified, is like reading a really exciting book and being hardly able to wait to get to the next chapter…………..in this household we are addicted!! We “chomp” at the bit” to get to the next week’s episode.

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Linda Ann May 25, 2011 at 11:46 am

Amen for season three…I have already bought season one dvds and I have order season 2 set…Bring it on US MArshal Raylan Givens, bring it on! Can series air before Feb 2012…God it is a long wait!

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