What FX’s Says:
In Justified, which debuts in March 16th, Olyphant plays the lead role of Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Givens is a modern-day 19th century-style lawman, enforcing his brand of justice in a way that puts a target on his back with criminals and places him at odds with his bosses in the Marshal service. Justified was developed by Graham Yost (Boomtown, Speed) and is based on the popular character featured in several books and short stories by famed novelist Elmore Leonard. Yost wrote the pilot and will serve as Executive Producer/Showrunner of the series. Leonard is Executive Producer, along with Sarah Timberman (Kidnapped), Carl Beverly (Kidnapped) and Michael Dinner (Karen Sisco), who directed the pilot episode.
As I said at the top, I really do not have too much to say. Justified, is a piece of classic FX television. The first three episodes which I screened, where beautifully put together in the direction, editing, acting, writing, and just most of all the persona put out by Timothy Olyphant who plays the lead Raylan Givens.
The look of the show is most appealing, the dark Kentucky countryside is juxtaposed with the hubbub of the court and law system which is always moving. In some points in the pilot all that you feel is Raylan’s talk, nothing else, not where you are, who he is talking to, just Raylan.
The supporting cast is very strong, most notably in Walton Goggins, who plays Boyd, a villain of Raylan’s and as we soon learn an old pal. Other cast includes the wonderful Natalie Zea, as Raylan’s ex, Nick Searcy, as Raylan’s friendly boss, and a relative unknown to me but very strong actress Erica Tazel. She plays Erica, a US Marshall, that seems to be liked way more than Raylan and it drives him the wrong way.
Justified is simply magical. It tells a compelling tale, in a down-home fashion, that you can not help but put everything down to just take in the talent and look. It is another knockout by FX who has brought us Archer, Damages, Rescue Me, and more.
Justified premieres Tuesday at 10/9c on FX!