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DEADWOOD’s Olyphant
Joins FX’s DAMAGES!!

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Tim Olyphant, who played angry South Dakota sheriff Seth Bullock on “Deadwood,” will play the new man in young lawyer Ellen Parsons’ orbit on FX’s “Damages.” Olyphant’s big-screen credits include “Go,” “The Girl Next Door” and “Live Free or Die Hard.” William Hurt, who worked with “Damages” star Glenn Close in “The Big Chill” a quarter century ago, also joins the series’ cast this season. Read all of The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here.

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  • June 26, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST

    why say deadwood's olyphant, why not die hard

    by couP

    do you get those straight from press releases or something? coz zap2it had the same thing

  • June 26, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Where the fuck is The Shield?

    by textual

    It finished shooting the week the writer's strike began. And yet it hasn't been aired on TV. What the hell is wrong with F/X? Why didn't they air it when it had NO competition from the Networks? Now it'll be going up against premires.

  • June 26, 2008, 12:53 a.m. CST


    by Hercules

    Sept 2 IIRC

  • June 26, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Damages was one of the best shows of last year...

    by Captain Happy

    'nuff said.

  • June 26, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    No love for Hitman, Herc?

    by Lyghthouse


  • June 26, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    OK, Herc...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...while you're handing out FX show information...<p> What's the story with Rescue Me? ...beyond these minisodes they are now airing...

  • June 26, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST

    & I love that theme song,

    by Captain Happy

    it's the only show where I watch the open all the way through every time... "when I get through with you, there won't be anything left..."

  • June 26, 2008, 1:11 a.m. CST

    oh yeh, as lyghthouse said, hitman also!

    by couP

  • June 26, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    This Casting Is a Coup For Damages

    by Derek Wildstarr

    Season 2 will blow away Season 1 I'm hoping.

  • June 26, 2008, 1:46 a.m. CST

    "why say deadwood's olyphant, why not die hard"

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Because Deadwood is excellent, and Die Hard 4 was a piece of crap...

  • June 26, 2008, 2:01 a.m. CST

    I sadly admit

    by Sebilrazen

    That I know Olyphant was in "Catch and Release" too. (as was Kevin Smith) Now I need to wash myself. With bleach.

  • June 26, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST

    He sucked in Hitman

    by aversiontherapy2

    Totally miscast, but he ruled in Deadwood, perfectly portraying a man barely keeping his seething temper under control. Only MacShane was better.

  • June 26, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST

    what about...

    by The Real MiraJeff

    scream 2. just sayin, you have to admit, he was good...

  • June 26, 2008, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Damn You MCMLXXVI

    by TheyCallMeMisterBay

    Damn You MCMLXXVI

  • June 26, 2008, 3:11 a.m. CST


    by AlwaysThere

    $100 mil worldwide and no mention?

  • June 26, 2008, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Don't expect Rescue Me

    by The Selecter

    until mid-2009/April-ish. FX put in a double order, so there will be plenty to come. I just hope it returns to form after a subpar season (that includes not having Tatum O'Neal work out her real-life problems on screen). Flipping around the earlier reruns now shows how they dropped the ball.<br><br>And while it's true the Shield finished shooting during the strike, nobody important, like say Shawn Ryan was around to do the final cuts. Nobody who watches probably gives a crap about the Olympics, but FX decided not to go against them in the summer.<br><br>Oh yeah, Damages looks like it's going to rock again. Say hello to the Eff-Bee-Eye!

  • June 26, 2008, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Damages was a great first season

    by Nabster

    one of the best new shows. I will be sad Ted Dansons characters will now longer be on the show, they will need to replace his character with an equally compelling one.

  • June 26, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    i love Rose Byrne

    by newc0253

    there, i said it.

  • June 26, 2008, 6:50 a.m. CST

    I disagree I think Hurt

    by Nabster

    will be an incredible addition to the cast. With the potential to make up for Ted Dansons absense, whom was a revelation on Damages. Rescue Me in mid 2009? Thats just unacceptably long, long enough for me to reconsider my interest in the show, nah who am I kidding, love that show.

  • June 26, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    "My Name Is Earl" Olyphant

    by EvilWizardGlick


  • June 26, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    It is a fact.

    by EriamJH

    Deadwood: superior than all other titles being mentioned in this article and talkback. Anyone who says differently begs to have a knife drawn at there throat and be called a cunt while Wu's pigs feed on their hoopleheaded carcasses.

  • June 26, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Love Damages, Love Shield

    by ATARI

    Thank you, FX, for making some quality shows.<br>

  • June 26, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST


    by zer0cool2k2

    Hurt played the perfect handsome idiot in "Broadcast News". "Altered States" was also pretty cool, although it's been so long since I've seen it, I can't remember how good Hurt's performance was. Picked up all three seasons of Deadwood last week and started rewatching. Definitely Olyphant's best character to date.

  • June 26, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST

    So apparently Olyphant

    by PumpyMcAss

    misses HBO so much that he is going to pop up on a show on HBO's baby sister network FX. Don't do imitation, man. Get the band back together and film season four already. Nobody's doing anything cool with their careers anyway. Finish the Deadwood SAGA!

  • June 26, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Do we know about the format?

    by CatVutt

    Is this season going to be set up the same way as last? With the time-jumping?

  • June 26, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Fuckin' Bullock

    by Al Swearengen

    Huzzah! Swell news for our beloved fuckin' sherrif. Insane fuckin' person though he may be.

  • June 26, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    olypha like a dead peice of wood

    by wattos new hat

    thanks for making die hard 4 oh so much shittier and thanks for not much else.

  • June 26, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Altered States

    by skimn

    It has been years since I've seen it, but I always remember what a self absorbed prick he was in that, till the end, of course.<p>And his small role in History Of Violence was strong enough for an Oscar nom, if that means anything.

  • June 26, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Wait a sec. Hurt and Olyphant join the cast...

    by HoboCode

    and Olyphant joining is your big headline? WTF?

  • June 26, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    HITMAN is fun like COMMANDO

    by UMAGA

    Sure they had a better script but FOX fucked it up. Just turn off your brain and have some fun. It's a lot more fun then a shitty Bay movie. Why didn't Herc mention it? He's a prick.

  • June 26, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Its funny that Olyphant exuded more

    by skimn

    menace in the more comedic Go and The Girl Next door than in Die Hard or Hitman combined.

  • June 26, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST


    by Thrillho77

    They already had a Hurt article here a few weeks ago when he joined the cast.

  • June 26, 2008, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Can they say "cocksucker" on FX?

    by Charlie Murphy

    I read about that news yesterday, and it made me pumped. I really enjoy Olyphant's work, and i'm sure he'll be enjoyable on Damages. For such a low rated show, FX sure seems committed to keeping this show around by bringing in some big names.

  • June 26, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Hurray for Tim Olyphant, and regarding Hurt:

    by Zeke25:17

    the two best things I saw him do were Children of a Lesser God and Broadcast News. Terrific in both; and for some reason, I used to get him and Jeff Bridges mixed up. No doubt Olyphant is the more exciting actor, though William has a definite presence onscreen. (BTW, does anyone remember Olyphant guest starring on My Name is Earl? "You scared?...Ya SHOULD BE! 'Cuz I'm Billy Reed. You know how many girls I've had SEX with?

  • June 26, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Sorry, forgot this part:

    by Zeke25:17

    (Holds up five fingers and says very quietly:) Five. Five.

  • June 26, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Oh. My bad. Missed that one.

  • June 26, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Olyphant was great in The Girl Next Door

    by Toby___Wong

    He totally stole the show there.

  • June 26, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by dahveed1972

    Pretty sure FX is owned by NewsCorp (FOX) and HBO is owned by TimeWarner

  • June 26, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Olyphant in The Girl Next Door

    by EriamJH

    I thought he was a psychotic younger brother of Bill Paxton. DEADWOOD FOREVER, ya sea-creature-looking cocksuckers!

  • June 26, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by johnnyangelheart

    You will rock. Seriously this is good news. I hope he plays an evil sociopath like Ted Danson last year. That was the best work Danson's ever done, imho.

  • June 26, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Olyphant needs a new agent

    by blackmantis

    If you can't parlay the awesomeness that was Olyphant in Deadwood into a decent big screen career as a leading man, you're doing a shitty job.

  • June 27, 2008, 8 a.m. CST


    by Smerdyakov

    An Oliphant never forgets.

  • June 27, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST

    The charming, menacing Olyphant

    by JAGUART

    Needs to be seen a lot more. This guy has charisma.