One of the most critically acclaimed shows on cable television, which had been plagued by rumors of cancellation due to budgetary issues, will live to see another two seasons.
“Damages,” the Glenn Close top lined drama which aired in its first three seasosn on FX, has been picked up by DirecTV in a new partnership with Sony Pictures Television in association with FX Productions.
It’s not the first time DirecTV has saved a highly lauded show. When NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” was on the verge of cancellation, DirecTV brought it back to life in a deal which kept it running for two more seasons, with a first-run air on its own The 101 Network, and a secondary run on the peacock network. However, unlike the NBC deal, “Damages” will broadcast exclusively on DirecTV. DirecTV will also have the rights to air the first three seasons of the show.
Over its first three seasons on television, “Damages” has featured one of the best casts of any series on television, with actors including Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, Ted Danson, Zeljko Ivanek, Anastasia Griffith, Noah Bean, Tom Aldrege, Philip Bosco, Michael Nouri, Peter Facinelli, Peter Reigert, Mario Van Peebles, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Timothy Olyphant, John Doman, Clarke Peters, Kevin Corrigan, Paige Turco, Tom Noonan, Garret Dillahunt, Campbell Scott, Martin Short, Lily Tomlin, Keith Carradine, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Michael Gaston, Darren Goldstein, Sarah Wynter and Reiko Aylesworth.
“Damages” recently received five Emmy Award nominations for its critically acclaimed third season, Close for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Byrne for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Short for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Danson for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series and Tomlin for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
The series earned seven Emmy Award nominations in each of its first two seasons and Close, who won twice, became the first actress from a basic cable series to win the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama; Ivanek became the first actor from a basic cable series to win the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor for a Drama Series, and “Damages” was the first basic cable series to take home the Emmy for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series.
“Damages” and AMC’s “Mad Men” were the first basic cable series to be nominated in for Outstanding Drama Series. In its first season, “Damages” earned the most Golden Globes nominations of any series in television with Glenn Close winning for Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama.
The show was created and is executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman.