Wednesday 7 November

Damages Wednesday 7 November, 8.30pm

Glenn Close and Ted Danson star in TV ONE’s new drama series Damages, starting tonight at 8.30pm. The series delves deep into the intrigue swirling around an ambitious new lawyer Ellen Parsons (Rose Bryne), who becomes entwined in a tangle of deceit after she is head-hunted by ruthless litigator Patty Hewes (Close), whose sights are set on bringing down a powerful billionaire (Danson).

With a dramatic beginning to the first episode, Damages sees Ellen Parsons running bloodied through the streets of New York in a state of shock, holding a business card that reads on the back “I was warned”, the series then backtracks six months to recall the sequence of events that led to that point.
Upon graduating from law school, Ellen is ready to put her newfound expertise to work in New York City. The young lawyer is in hot demand, but when word gets out that she has been invited to interview at Hewes & Associates, she loses a lucrative offer. Courted by Hewes & Associates, Ellen refuses to bow to Patty Hewes’ demand that she schedule an interview at the same time as her sister’s wedding. However, impressed by how this new lawyer has stuck to her guns, Patty shows up at the wedding to offer Ellen the job.

At Hewes & Associates, Ellen quickly learns the ropes – and of the rigour of the job – from Patty’s trusted lieutenant, Tom Kent (Tate Donovan, The O.C.), before being put to work on a civil suit targeting Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson, Becker), a billionaire businessman accused of an illegal stock sale that saved his own fortune but bankrupted his employees and swindled them out of their pensions.

Ignoring efforts to settle out of court by the tycoon’s cunning lawyer, Ray Fiske (Zeljko Ivanek, Black Hawk Down), Patty senses the chance for a big win that will send a costly message to Frobisher, while satisfying her clients and making her richer. But Patty’s actions could put Ellen in terrible danger.

In an interview with tvguide.com, Glenn Close says her character is quickly shown to be the sharpest person in the room. “She’s a woman at the top of her own law firm, who has no peer within her company. She is a master manipulator. Sometimes it’s for the good, and sometimes it’s just for the power.

Dirty tricks – intimidation, espionage, and even murder – are employed during the civil case against the tycoon along the way – some seemingly on behalf of the ‘good’ guys.

Damages premieres tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE with a two-hour special.

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