Damages

11:30pm Monday, January 7 on TV One

TV ONE’s star-studded legal thriller, Damages returns for a brand new season, and introduces legendary actor John Goodman (Argo) to the cast.

As Patty Hewes (Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs) prepares for a big case, Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne, Bridesmaids) returns to pursue a lawsuit against Howard Erickson (Goodman), the CEO of a military contract company.

Ellen seeks her former mentor’s help in navigating the shadowy world of the CIA, but Patty faces problems of her own when her granddaughter is struck by a mysterious illness and her estranged son re-emerges.

As Patty uses her lawsuit to settle an old score with Erickson, Ellen’s case leaves the futures of an Afghan boy and his CIA operative father hanging in the balance.

Sons of Anarchy game planned

A Sons of Anarchy video game is under discussion according to the show’s creator Kurt Sutter. “Soon to be taking meetings about an SOA game,” he tweeted. “Have a major gaming company interested. Trying to figure out costs, platform and timing.To do a quality platform-based game costs tens of millions and takes years. We’re toying with the idea of a high-end browser-based game.”

Lawrence cast in comedy pilot

Martin Lawrence will feature in a new comedy pilot about a man who loses his job in construction before pursuing a career in the police force.

Pullman and Snow join 1600 Penn

Bill Pullman and Brittany Snow have joined a new comedy pilot called 1600 Penn. The White House comedy will see Pullman playing the President with Snow playing his eldest daughter.

Tomlin cast in new pilot

Damages actress Lily Tomlin has been cast in the new pilot for ABC called Malibu Country. The comedy will focus on a recently divorced mother who must raise her children while working to reignite her singing career.

The Walking Dead renewed

The Walking Dead has been renewed by the AMC network for a third season. The zombie drama’s second season has drawn record cable ratings in the US.

Hanks working on sports comedy

Tom Hanks is developing a new comedy series for HBO that will centre on a team of college athletes. Hanks will work alongside executive producer Gary Goetzman, who he worked on the likes of Band of Brothers and The Pacific with.

Elfman joins Damages

Jenna Elfman has been added to the cast of Damages final season. The actress will join Ryan Phillippe and John Hannah in the line-up, both of whom have major roles.

Presidential sitcom ordered

The NBC network has ordered a pilot for a new comedy about a US president. The sitcom, which is co-written by Modern Family writer Jason Winer, will focus on the president and his dysfunctional family.

The Office available on iTunes

The Office has celebrated its ten year anniversary by making its episodes available for download on iTunes. Both seasons and the Christmas specials will be available to purchase.

Spartacus actor joins Damages

Spartacus actor John Hannah will play a major recurring role alongside Ryan Phillippe in the fifth and final season of Damages. 

Sheen criticises new Men series

Charlie Sheen has been quick to criticise the new version of Two and a Half Men but still beleves Ashton Kutcher is doing an OK job. “I’m extremely disappointed with how they’re handling what I left behind,” Sheen told TMZ. “He’s doing the best he can. I don’t think the role is cursed.”

True Blood creator developing new show

True Blood creator Alan Ball is developing a new medical drama for HBO called Wichita. The drama centre son a Kansa abortion doctor who ends up as the focal point of a “contemporary political, cultural and ethical war”.

Charlie’s Angels cancelled

Production on the Charlie’s Angels reboot has been shut down after ABC cancelled the series. The series received poor reviews from critics and declined sharply in the ratings from its premiere.

Phillippe joins Damages

Ryan Phillippe has joined the cast of Damages where he will play a character similar to WikiLeaks creator Julian Assange. It will be the actor’s first regular TV role since the early ‘90s.

Durst lands comedy role

Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has reportedly signed a deal to appear in a new sitcom. The half-hour comedy is being produced under the working title of Douchebag and will centre on a rock legend struggling to balance his celebrity lifestyle with family life.

Glee creator sells show

Glee creator Ryan Murphy has sold a comedy pilot to the NBC network. Murphy and fellow Glee co-executive producer Allison Adler will serve as writers for the show.

10:20pm Sunday, August 29 on TV One

Following the close of series two of Damages on TV ONE, comes all new series three starring Glenn Close and Rose Byrne.

Ten months after the UNR lawsuit, Patty Hewes (Close) is the court-appointed trustee representing the victims of financier Louis Tobin’s $70 billion Ponzi scheme. Patty’s immediate challenge is to keep her angry and destitute clients from seeking their own revenge as she sorts through mountains of complex paperwork in search of any ill-gotten gains that Tobin stashed away. Squaring off against Hewes is Leonard Winstone, an attorney charged with protecting the Tobin family from the aggrieved investors.

Meanwhile, having left to work as an Assistant DA, Ellen Parsons is prosecuting drug crimes, embracing her new job as she tries to get drug dealer Donnie Rhyne to turn against his suppliers. However, while his lawyer Ted Fratto insists he isn’t interested in a deal, a death threat prompts Rhyne to offer to trade his drug boss’ identity for his freedom.

10:30pm Sunday, June 27 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 protege Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne, Troy).

In tonight’s episode (six), with Uncle Pete (Tom Aldredge, The Sopranos) holding fast to his suspicions about Parsons, and Walter Kendrick (John Doman, ER) looking to bury any evidence that his company is responsible for polluting the waters in West Virginia, Hewes uses a television interview to accuse URN’s CEO of being behind the murder of Daniel Purcell’s (William Hurt, Vantage Point) wife.

Using Hewes’ attack on her boss as reason to end her affair with Purcell, URN lawyer Claire Maddox (Marcia Gay Harden, Mystic River) encourages Kendrick to sue for defamation to stem the growing damage to the company’s stock price. Meanwhile, after meeting with Parsons, Katie Connor (Anastasia Griffith, Trauma) is accosted by Eliot Tolken (Ethan Herschenfeld), the rogue cop who tailed her during the Frobisher lawsuit. And after running into him at the ballet, Kendrick ignores Arthur Frobisher’s (Ted Danson, Cheers) advice to avoid tangling with Hewes and orders Maddox to sue.

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.”

9:30pm Sunday, April 11 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 protégé Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne, Troy).

After her unprecedented victory over billionaire Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson, Cheers), in series one, Patty Hewes has the legal world at her feet. As the new series of Damages begins, Patty is pondering her next move, when Daniel Purcell (William Hurt, A History Of Violence), 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, she must also negotiate the perilous minefield both inside and outside her office.

In episode one Ellen is in therapy trying to deal with her fiancé’s murder. After learning that Frobisher was shot but not killed, Ellen sends a private investigator to find him, as Frobisher looks to conceal his whereabouts.

Patty has turned her attention to a mammoth charitable foundation she’s starting with billionaire businessman Samuel Arsenault, but when he suddenly backs out of his $250 million commitment to the foundation, Patty uncovers the reason; he is running for governor.

Meanwhile Daniel is worried after spotting an intruder outside his family’s townhouse, and is later contacted by a shady operative to discuss information he has that could incriminate a big corporate client, which prompts Daniel to turn to Patty for help.

Speaking at the return of the new season, Glenn Kessler co-creator and executive producer tells the LA Times, “last year was a little bit of a king and a pawn, now it’s very much two kings in play. That’s been very fun, because you let both characters bring their full arsenal of abilities and manipulation. If there’s any theme this season – it’s Ellen transformed.”

Star of the show Close exclaims “I was upset!” talking to the LA Times about Patty’s attempted murder of Ellen at the end of last series, “I didn’t want her to be a psychopath. I think at the end she sincerely regrets what she did and is really relieved that it didn’t happen.”

VIBE – Saturdays from 9 January, 9.30pm

Win at all costs. Particularly if your boss has a reputation as a bunny boiler…

Young, ambitious and talented, Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne, Troy) is anxious to put her new law degree to work at Hewes & Associates, a high-profile Manhattan firm led by a formidable female litigator. However, her first lawsuit targeting billionaire Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson, Cheers) leads her deep into a complex conspiracy where nothing is as it seems.

Academy Award nominee Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), has won back-to-back Emmys and a Golden Globe for her role as Patty Hewes, a cutthroat veteran attorney who will stop at nothing to win the cases she handles, even if it means manipulating and endangering the family and friends of those around her.