Justified

9:30pm Thursday, July 7 on TV One

TV ONE’s new, 13-part series Justified stars Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens, a present-day US marshal, with a Wild West attitude.

US Marshal Givens is a fast draw and an expert shot. He even wears a Stetson. But after outdrawing and killing one bad guy too many, Raylan is transferred from the sunny skies of Miami to Harlan, his former home in the backwoods of Kentucky.

Harlan County is a meth and welfare-gutted coal mining community and the last place Raylan wants to be. There, he’s confronted with drug-running neo-Nazis (fronted by Walton Goggins), as well as the ghosts, alive and dead, of his own past, including his no-account outlaw daddy (Raymond Barry).

Justified was adapted from two short stories and a novel by best selling crime writer Elmore Leonard, and so far the author likes what he sees.

“I’ve sold two dozen things to Hollywood, and most of them weren’t very good,” he says. “But this works.”

He’s particularly smitten with the show’s leading man. “I said, ‘My God, he’s the guy!'”

For his part, Timothy Olyphant finds the character Givens completely refreshing.

“He’s a guy who wouldn’t walk into a house unless he’s invited, but he’d give someone 24-hours to get out of town or he’ll kill them,” says Olyphant.

He’s a stoic and courtly enforcer of the law, qualities described by American reviewers as being ‘starkly retro’ amongst the current crop of ironic, motor-mouthed action heroes.

Nominated for four Emmy awards ( including Best Drama, and Best Actor) in 2010, TV Guide recently raved that the show is “spectacularly entertaining…. Buoyed by the effortless charisma of Timothy Olyphant’s star turn as the laconic but lethal Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, this series is a twisted triumph” and USA Today gave the show four out of four stars, praising Olyphant in particular for blending “sexy, sardonic and stalwart as well as any actor on Earth.”

Also starring Nick Searcy and Joelle Carter.

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