'Justified' casts Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson as season 3's baddies -- EXCLUSIVE


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Fans of FX’s Justified have been wondering since May’s second season finale how producers would match Margo Martindale’s Emmy-winning performance as Mags Bennett. Well, now we know: Desperate Housewives‘ Neal McDonough and 24‘s Mykelti Williamson, who both starred on Justified EP Graham Yost’s brilliant-but-canceled NBC drama Boomtown, have been cast as the awesomely named big bads of season 3. McDonough will recur as Quarles, a Detroit mobster in a sharp suit who comes to Kentucky with visions of becoming a crimelord. Williamson will play Limehouse, a man who lives in a small black town in Harlan County and who will do whatever it takes, legal or otherwise, to protect his holler.

We’ll meet both characters early in season 3, which premieres in January. The show — which also earned Emmy nominations for stars Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins and guest actor Jeremy Davies, who’ll return — began production on the first of 13 new episodes Monday.

Read more:
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It’s official: ‘Justified’ renewed
Graham Yost talks Bennett-Givens feud
Timothy Olyphant talks ‘Justified’ and his evolving career

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  • Jay

    Can’t wait! Love this show.

    • kelly3

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    • Roger

      Hey, isn’t that Bubba Shrimp?

      • L2489

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  • Ted

    Yes. With Breaking Bad done and so many new shows being so crummy, TV needs Justified back sooner rather than later.

  • bmo

    so a whole much of N Bombs flying around this season, The show is great esp. the 2nd season however it sucks.

    • bmo

      #this sucks

  • Derek

    I LOVED Boomtown and was really disappointed they never released the abbreviated second season on DVD. I think it would do really well today if CBS added it to their lineup.

    • Sarah

      Agreed! I own season 1 and it kills me I can’t even have those 6 episode from season 2!

  • Eric

    I absolutely loved Neal McDonough’s performance in Boomtown. Dude was robbed of Emmy for his brilliant work on that show.

  • RJ

    justified really grew. The first season was uneven, the second was brilliant. It still has a few weak episodes here and there that put it just beneath the Deadwood, BB, Mad Men, etc. stratosphere. But it’s certainly above everything else. Could perhaps get to the Shield level.

    • jessica fullerton

      Justified, Damages, Mad Men, CSI with Ted Danson are so good! Deadwood was my favorite and I’ll never forgive David Milch for moving on to that ridiculous John from Cincinatti.

  • kate middleton

    Cannot wait. They’ve gotta work hard to top Season 2 and the amazing Margo Martindale. But I can’t wait to see them try!

  • ChrisV

    Love this show… F/X programming is just so top-notch.

  • Ava

    Jeremy Davies was brilliant, really amazing as a bad guy! I loved it. Goggins of course, is truly deserving of awards. His performance is always flawless. One of the most interesting characters on tv thank to Goggins performance! I love Justified.

  • Dave

    Awesome! Can’t wait for season 3. Justified is one of my favorite shows. Timothy Olyphant is the man. I hope he wins an Emmy for this show one day.
    p.s. Walton Goggins and Jeremy Davies should have won the Emmys they were nominated for this year.

    • s.

      Justified have won best drama. Actors and plots were great! How did mad men deserve the Emmy!?

      • kate middleton

        Justified wasn’t even nominated for best drama – which is a travesty.

  • Connie

    This is excellent news! Now is only Mags could come back from the dead …

  • Avie

    Love it. Can’t wait.

  • Sarah

    Awesome, awesome, awesome! I loved how it’s a little Boomtown reunion with them. This is gonna be so great!

  • olibates

    Awesome, awesome, awesome! I loved how it’s a little Boomtown reunion@my best friend’s mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here, LazyCash5.com

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