March 6, 2012

THE SKED: “Justified” Proves It

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Here’s some welcome if unsurprising news:  F/X has renewed JUSTIFIED for a 4th season.  The show, now at the midpoint of Season 3 (the finale airs April 10) drew a 0.9 last week in 18-49s, which isn’t Walking Dead crazy high, but is still a very solid number for a scripted cable series (outscoring such prominent shows as Royal Pains and Psych), and up a bit from last year.  

While the show isn’t quite at last season’s creative level–replacing a spectacular villain like Margo Martindale’s Mags Bennett is no easy task–Justified is still one of the smartest, most entertaining crime shows on the air, with terrific lead performances from Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens and Walton Goggins as his sometimes homicidal frenemy Boyd Crowder.  It would be too bad, though, if the recent news that Natalie Zea (who plays Raylan’s ex- and sometimes not-so-ex-wife) has taken a network pilot means she’ll be bolting the show.  Luckily, with cable production schedules being what they are, that’s not necessarily inevitable.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."