Damages on One

9:25pm Sunday, May 2 on TV One

TV ONE’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series Damages follows the turbulent lives of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction), the nation’s most revered and reviled high-stakes litigator and her bright, ambitious young prot�g� Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) (tonight on TV ONE at 9.25pm).

After her unprecedented victory over billionaire Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson, Cheers), in series one, Patty Hewes has the legal world at her feet. Patty is pondering her next move, when Daniel Purcell (William Hurt, The Big Chill), a man from Patty’s mysterious past, storms back into her life, catapulting Patty into a new legal challenge. What starts as a domestic murder case, escalates into the highest echelons of government as Patty unearths a vast conspiracy.

At the same time, Ellen is on a mission to take down Patty. She’s agreed to act as an informant for the FBI, assisting them in their criminal investigation of Patty and the firm. As Patty unravels the mystery surrounding Daniel Purcell, she must also negotiate the perilous minefield both inside and outside her office.

In tonight’s episode Patty is in New York preparing to defend Daniel against a murder charge, Ellen and Tom are in West Virginia looking for Josh Reston, the newspaper reporter who has uncovered evidence linking Ultima National Resources to the dumping of toxic chemicals.

Hurt (Daniel Purcell) explains what drew him to the television series, “I thought, this is an exception, a lot of the avenues for us [actors] to express ourselves freely are strangely enough, found in television now. And I thought, this is something I want to be part of.”

Talking about the way in which the series is filmed he says, “the learning curve for me and the format has been very tough because I’m so used to a different format. The risks that they’re taking here, are equal to anything I would want to take.”

Talking about his character in Damages he says, “the rudiments are he is a nature lover, a fairly suburban nature lover, but he’s a chemist who has risen to a corporate level, which most geeks probably wouldn’t have, and gets in trouble because he doesn’t understand it.”

On working with Glenn Close again after making the film The Big Chill he says, “we were friends before we did ‘Chill’ and we share values again, you know, me and Glenny [Close} and Kevin [Klein], we [all] came from New York.”

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