Elmore Leonard, best known for his crime novels, turned to the infamous location of Harlan County, Ky., for inspiration to create a new character, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. He appears in the novels Pronto and Riding the Rap and the short story “Fire in the Hole.” The latter inspired Canadian writer-producer Graham Yost (Boomtown) to create Justified for FX.
Over the course of six seasons, Timothy Olyphant (A Perfect Getaway, The Crazies) made the character his own, imbuing the lawman with a sharp, dry wit, an ironic self-consciousness and a low-burning but ever-present anger hidden just beneath a polite veneer. The series, which featured an amazing menagerie of oddball characters played by Walton Goggins, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter and Natalie Zea, ended this spring.
It will no doubt go down in TV history as one of the best-loved dramas of the new millennium. Sony released Justified: The Final Season in a three-disc set which contains all 13 final episodes.
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According to TV Line, the Television Critics Association has announced the nominees for the 31st Annual TCA Awards. FX each garnered five nominations, which includes Justified earning a nod for Outstanding Achievement in Drama.
Justified took the lead with 5 nominations at the fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Sam Elliott took home an award for his role as the scene-stealing antagonist, Avery Markham, The Big Lebowski actor won the award for Guest Performer in a Drama Series. Elliott beat Goggins, Lois Smith from The Americans, and Julianne Nicholson from Masters of Sex.
Justified creator/showrunner Graham Yost, who serves as executive producer of The Americans, also joined the celebration as the show won for Best Drama Series.
The 31st Annual TCA Awards will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.
Timothy Olyphant attends ‘Dealing For Duchenne’ At Sony Studios Benefiting The Center For Duchenne At UCLA at Sony Studios on May 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
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Hit series JUSTIFIED and OLIVE KITTERIDGE will lead the way at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards after landing five nominations apiece. Justified will compete with shows like Empire, Game of Thrones and Homeland for Best Drama Series, while its star, Timothy Olyphant, is shortlisted for Best Actor in a Drama Series, alongside Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Matthew Rhys (The Americans), among others. Justified co-stars Joelle Carter and Walton Goggins are also up for supporting awards, while Sam Elliott scores a nod in the Guest Performer category. Other drama acting nominees include Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Carrie Coon (The Leftovers), Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black) and Mae Whitman (Parenthood). The Best Comedy Series title will be a fight between Veep, Jane the Virgin, Mom, Transparent, You’re the Worst, Silicon Valley and Broad City, while Anthony Anderson (Blackish), Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) have each garnered top comedy acting nods. Meanwhile, Olive Kitteridge will do battle for Best Limited Series and castmates Richard Jenkins, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray and Cory Michael Smith have all landed acting nominations for a movie or limited series. The Voice, Dancing With the Stars and America’s Got Talent are nominated for Best Reality Competition Series, and Best Talk Show will be decided between the likes of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The winners, voted for by members of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, will be unveiled at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California on 31 May (15).
The gun thugs were plentiful. The body count might have exceeded the total population of Harlan County, Ky. But in the end, “Justified” went out on a surprisingly compassionate note.
Over six seasons the darkly comic FX crime drama, created by Graham Yost, served up an array of colorful “big bads” to menace Timothy Olyphant’s swaggering United States marshal Raylan Givens, including Margo Martindale’s Emmy-winning crime queen in Season 2, Neal McDonough’s sleeve-gun wielding nutter in Season 3 and Sam Elliott’s dope kingpin this year.
The final season, however, mostly amounted to a three-way showdown between the core characters — Raylan, his hometown nemesis, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) and their shared love interest, Ava Crowder (Joelle Carter). The finale put them all in a room together one last time, as Boyd and Raylan squared off in a callback to the series’s inciting incident — Givens’s “justified” shooting of a criminal in Miami that nevertheless resulted in him being re-assigned to his home state, Kentucky.
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Timothy Olyphant attends the FX’s ‘Justified’ series finale premiere at the Montalban Theater on April 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
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Watch a panel discussion from The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. Members of the cast of ‘Justified’, including Timothy Olyphant, Erica Tazel, and Jacob Pitts, join series Creator & Executive Producer Graham Yost to share behind-the-scenes insights and “”making of”” anecdotes in advance of the series finale.