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[09/22/09 - 03:19 PM]
FX's Damages Summons New Cast Members for Third Season
Campbell Scott and Martin Short sign on as series regulars and Lily Tomlin and Keith Carradine take on guest starring roles.

[via press release from FX]

FX'S DAMAGES SUMMONS NEW CAST MEMBERS FOR THIRD SEASON

Campbell Scott and Martin Short Sign On as Series Regulars and Lily Tomlin and Keith Carradine Take on Guest Starring Roles

Joining Emmy� Award Winner Glenn Close, Emmy Nominee Rose Byrne and Tate Donovan

Production Begins Tomorrow in New York With Season 3 to Debut in January

LOS ANGELES, September 22, 2009 � FX's award-winning legal thriller Damages is adding four superior actors to its cast with Campbell Scott and Martin Short signing on as series regulars, and Lily Tomlin and Keith Carradine joining as special guest stars for the upcoming season premiering in January. Production of the show's 13-episode third season begins tomorrow in New York.

For the second consecutive year, Damages received seven Emmy Award nominations and Glenn Close won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Scott, Short, Tomlin and Carradine join returning stars Close, Rose Byrne and Tate Donovan. Close, who won her second consecutive Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama for her portrayal of ruthless attorney �Patty Hewes,� became the first back-to-back winner in that category since Kathy Baker won for Pickett Fences in 1995-96. Byrne received her first Emmy nomination this year for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as �Ellen Parsons,� Patty's prot�g�.

Scott starred in multiple episodes of Royal Pains, and his notable film credits include The Secret Lives of Dentists, Big Night and Dying Young.

Short joins the cast as a two-time Emmy nominee for his performance in Primetime Glick and his supporting role in Merlin. He is also known for his roles in Father of the Bride, Three Amigos! and countless appearances on Saturday Night Live.

Tomlin is a multiple Emmy Award winner and Academy Award� nominee. She has played roles on award-winning hit series Desperate Housewives, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The West Wing, Will & Grace and The X-Files.

Carradine, who co-starred with Tomlin in the Academy Award winning film Nashville, most recently co-starred in Dexter as Special Agent Frank Lundy.

Other actors who will appear in the upcoming season of Damages include Ebon Moss-Bachrach (John Adams), Michael Gaston (Fringe) and Darren Goldstein who appeared in the show's inaugural season as �Chris Sharp.�

Damages is produced by Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions. Damages is executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, co-executive produced by Aaron Zelman, and produced by Mark A. Baker.

Over its first two seasons, Damages has featured what is arguably the most impressive casts and guest stars of any series on television � Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, Ted Danson, �eljko Ivanek, Anastasia Griffith, Noah Bean, Tom Aldrege, Philip Bosco, Nichael Nouri, Peter Facinelli, Peter Reigert, Mario Von Peebles, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Timothy Olyphant, John Doman, Clarke Peters, Kevin Corrigan, Paige Turco, Tom Noonan, and Garret Dillahunt.

Damages has earned seven Emmy Award nominations in each of its first two seasons. Close became the first actress from a basic cable series to win the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama; �eljko 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 has been nominated for Outstanding Drama Series two consecutive years. 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.

Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment around the world and for every platform: broadcast and cable television, first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of feature films and television shows, SPT boasts a current program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. Internationally, SPT is a leading producer of local language scripted and non-scripted programming. SPT also sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 70 countries. To better serve its clients and partners worldwide, SPT maintains offices throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People's Republic of China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela and the U.K. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio, which includes branded networks AXN, Sony Entertainment Television, and Animax, is a key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 119 channel feeds available in more than 130 countries, reaching almost 400 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT is a part owner of cable channel GSN, FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service, and national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States, and for Sony Music Entertainment. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from the Fox Networks Group. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 95 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning original series; an established film library with box-office hits from 20th Century Fox and other studios; and an impressive roster of acquired hit series. For more information about FX, visit our web site at www.FXnetworks.com.





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