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SHOWCASE OF SEASONS 1 – 3 BEGINS IN JANUARY
All New Season 4 of the Original Series to air Summer 2011
EL SEGUNDO, CALIF., November 18, 2010 – DIRECTV, the world’s most popular video service, will showcase the first season of the critically acclaimed, award-winning series DAMAGES, starring Glenn Close, Rose Byrne and Ted Danson, on The 101 Network beginning Wednesday, January 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Season two will launch on Wednesday, April 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and season three will begin on Wednesday, May 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT leading up to the summer 2011 premiere of an all-new fourth season. The unveiling of DAMAGES on DIRECTV marks the first time viewers will be able to experience this gripping legal thriller as it was meant to be seen – uncut and commercial free.
In Season four, the original series will consist of ten new episodes that will air exclusively on DIRECTV. Emmy® Award winner Glenn Close, Emmy nominee Rose Byrne and other principal cast members will return for the new episodes.
Over its first three seasons on television, DAMAGES has featured what is arguably the most impressive cast and guest stars of any series on television – Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, Ted Danson, Željko Ivanek, William Hurt, Martin Short, Lily Tomlin, Keith Carradine, Peter Facinelli, Mario Van Peebles, Marcia Gay Harden, Timothy Olyphant and Campbell Scott.
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; Željko 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 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 received five Emmy Award nominations for its critically acclaimed third season including Glenn Close for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Rose Byrne for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Martin Short for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Ted Danson for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series and Lily Tomlin for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
The show was created and is executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman.
Seasons one through three of DAMAGES were produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with FX Productions.
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