'Damages' Fifth and Final Season Heads Toward an Explosive Showdown This Summer

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April 18th, 2012

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DAMAGES Fifth and Final Season Heads Toward an Explosive Showdown This Summer

DAMAGES, featuring Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Ryan Phillippe, Jenna Elfman, Janet McTeer and John Hannah, to Premiere July 11 exclusively on DirecTV's Audience Network

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- DirecTV's Audience Network (http://www.DirecTV.com/DTVAPP/content/premiums/audience) heats up this summer with the season five premiere of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning, critically acclaimed legal thriller, DAMAGES, starring Emmy Award-winner Glenn Close and Emmy Award-nominee Rose Byrne, on Wednesday, July 11 at 9 p.m. The fifth and final season of the series, which has been nominated for nineteen Emmy Awards, centers on the timely and controversial subject of government and corporate transparency, focusing on how the ever-changing digital landscape shapes the way in which information is obtained and shared. DAMAGES is produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with FX Productions and KZK Productions.

In true DAMAGES fashion, the season features a stellar array of stars including Ryan Phillippe, who joins the cast as a series regular. Emmy Award-nominee Jenna Elfman, Academy Award-nominee Janet McTeer, John Hannah, Chris Messina, Judd Hirsch, M. Emmett Walsh, Victor Garber, William Sadler, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Gillian Alexy and Zachary Booth will be featured throughout the season. DAMAGES was created and executive produced by KZK (Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler) and co-executive produced by Mark A. Baker.

DAMAGES (http://www.DirecTV.com/DTVAPP/content/damages) follows the lives of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), the nation's most revered and reviled high-stakes litigator and her former protégé, the bright and ambitious Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne). After four seasons of professional and personal manipulation and deceit, season five sets the stage for the final showdown between Patty and Ellen. Channing McClaren (Ryan Phillippe) is a computer expert and the iconoclastic founder of a website, McClarenTruth.org, devoted to government and corporate transparency. When McClaren is approached by Naomi Walling (Jenna Elfman), an investment bank employee troubled by her company's conduct with insider information, it lays the foundation for the case that will finally pit Patty and Ellen against one another. In an attempt to triumph over her former mentor, Ellen hires Kate Franklin (Janet McTeer), a one time colleague of Patty's who is all too familiar with how she operates, but whose loyalty could be called into question. Adding to the turmoil surrounding the case is Rutger Simon (John Hannah), the chief lieutenant and gatekeeper for McClaren. As the series builds to its electrifying conclusion, far more than the verdict is at stake for everyone involved.

Since its premiere in 2007, DAMAGES has received a total of nineteen Emmy Award nominations. In its first season, the series was nominated for an Emmy for Best Drama series and Glenn Close won the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, an award she has won twice for her role as Patty Hewes. In addition to DAMAGES' multiple Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Series, Acting, and Casting, the show has also received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Direction.

DAMAGES has been nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards. In its first season, the series earned more Golden Globes nominations than any other show on television, with Glenn Close winning for Best Actress in a TV Series - Drama.

In addition to a variety of other wins and nominations, DAMAGES has been nominated for awards from the Writers Guild and the Producers Guild.

  • Nitish

    are there any publicly available viewership numbers for S4 on DirecTV ?
    prior TVbN coverage @ http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/tag/damages-ratings/ suggested ~1M viewers

  • Marsinvestigations1

    Easily one of the best shows ever created. A masterpiece of intricate stories and characters. Unbelievably socially relevant and some of the strongest writing and acting I’ve seen on the big or small screen. Thank you direct tv for giving us these final two seasons. Truly remarkable.

  • postman

    im ready great show bring back ted danson

  • Bob

    Cable is 100 percent better than network TV. How nice of cable to say “Final Season” to Damages before the airing to allow the writers to appropriately end the show. I really wish that Network TV would do this. So many times going all the way back to the Jeffersons, the networks make the decision in April or May and gives the writers ZERO time to write an ending (Zero Respect to the Jeffersons after 11 years on air and this happens to MANY shows). Cable has announced final season many times for their shows.

  • Justin121

    Haven’t seen season 4 but really thankful DriecTV picked it up for two final seasons.

  • 47th

    I was starting to worry as summer is coming up and I hadn’t heard anything about the series…I’m glad everything’s fine and we are going to enjoy a true final duel between Ellen and Patty.

  • Anthony M

    Wow John Hannah is on Damages? Gonna be awesome, love that show.

  • Rod

    this final season will be absolutely fantastic.
    same with breaking bad! can’t wait.

  • marsinvestigations1

    Not sure why anyone was worried. DirecTV committed to doing two 10-episode seasons. We knew the fifth season was likely to be the final one (early reports were that S4 didn’t perform very well) but that it WAS going to happen.

    From VARIETY (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118040905?)
    “In the July 13 premiere episode of its new season, “Damages” attracted slightly more than 1 million viewers over four telecasts on DirecTV. The satcaster declined to reveal aud totals for the debut telecast, rather offering only the higher live-plus 7 number.

    DirecTV said it was happy with the “Damages” returns, and added that it had performed better than the final-season premiere of “Friday Night Lights,” which drew just over 900,000 viewers in live plus 7.

    Total viewers for “Damages” are much smaller on DirecTV than FX, the former cable home of the series. However, FX has a much wider total audience reach, with approximately five times as many households than the 19 million that receive DirecTV.

    Ratings for “Damages” had been troubled for most of its run on FX, which canceled the show after season four. After months-long negotiations, DirecTV came in and decided to air a new season on its renamed Audience Network. DirecTV is contracted for a 10-episode fifth season as well.

    The series premiered on FX to 3.7 million viewers in 2007 and fell drastically to 1.7 million for the season-two debut. Less than a million tuned in for the season-three finale.”

    I’d say it’s about on par with what they may have expected… certainly they didn’t expect it to GROW. ;) The show declines the longer it’s on… but I don’t think they picked up Damages expecting huge viewership. Either way five seasons is perfect for this show — which will get a very satisfying conclusion.

    Have you noticed how lately the networks are giving established shows more of a head’s up regarding cancellations these days. Certainly for long-running ones. One Tree Hill, Desperate Housewives, House, Chuck, etc… all were “ended” giving plenty of time to wrap up story lines. It’s a nice change of pace compared to years ago when most shows would just be up in the air come MAY — never to return again. This is still pretty much the case with shows in their first 1-3 seasons — but it’s surprisingly refreshing to see networks allowing shows to “finish” a season with awareness of their fate.

  • Dan S

    I’m not a Direct TV customer so I haven’t had the opportunity to catch S4 yet. Still awaiting a DVD release date which I hope isn’t too far away

  • MWeathers

    I believe Season 4 DVD is coming on June 26. Check amazon. It’s there.

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