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Netflix orders psychological thriller from 'Damages' creators

For its next drama, Netflix is turning to the creators of Damages.

The streaming service announced today that it had ordered 13 episodes of a psychological thriller from executive producers Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler. The show will focus on a set of adult siblings whose secret-packed lives are impacted when their “black sheep” brother returns to the fold. READ FULL STORY

Glenn Close on the final season of 'Damages': 'It's probably the most complex we've seen Patty'

Motion to dismiss the wait for the final season of Damages: granted! Tonight the legal thriller returns to action (DirecTV, 9 p.m.), and all eyes will be on cunning litigator Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) and ambitious former protégé Ellen (Rose Byrne). This season, the two adversaries-at-law will match wits in the courtroom one way and another: While Ellen is eager to testify against Patty in the custody hearing for Patty’s granddaughter, they wind up on opposite sides in a case involving the mercurial founder of a whistle-blowing website (Ryan Phillippe) and an ambitious single mother (Jenna Elfman) who works at an investment bank that’s engaging in some shady business. Before you tune in, read what Close told EW about season 5. READ FULL STORY

'Damages,' 'True Blood,' 'Leverage,' 'Breaking Bad': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

It’s that time of the week again!

I’d romance you into your scoop for the week, but it’s too hot outside. No time for foreplay. Instead, read this and then go get yourself to a pool, stat! And send me a question if you’re so inclined: or @EWSandraG on Twitter.


We’re just a stone’s throw away from the premiere of a brand-spankin’ new season of Damages. [Bells, whistles, excitement] And what better way to celebrate the upcoming July 11 premiere than with fresh scoop from last night’s premiere party. Here are three teases for the fifth and final season: READ FULL STORY

'Damages' teaser: 'You want to end this once and for all?'

In the first teaser for season 5 of Damages, which returns to DirecTV on July 11, we saw only Rose Byrne’s Ellen lying lifelessly on the street, presumable after a fall — or a push? — from a high-rise. The new clip at least sets the tone and introduces some new characters, including Ryan Phillippe and Jenna Elfman. “You may dislike my methods, but with me, you’ll stay relevant,” says Phillippe’s Channing McLaren, who runs a website that exposes Wall Street misconduct. He persuades Elfman’s Naomi Walling to leak some damaging information, but when it’s traced back to her, it becomes a war in and out of the courtroom, with Ellen and Patty on different sides. “You want to end this once and for all?” asks Close’s Patty. “Now’s your chance.”

Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

'Damages' season 5 tease: It all comes down to this

From the sounds of it, the teaser for Damages‘ final season may have been scored by Skrillex on a particularly dark day. After a title card reads, “The beginning of the end,” the grind of electrosynth punctuates a series of increasingly urgent flashes that land on Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne). But what does it all mean? Watch the teaser below. READ FULL STORY

Summer cable premiere dates: The latest round-up including 'Breaking Bad,' 'Jersey Shore,' and 'Flipping Out'


UPDATED, 6/23 Ready for Breaking Bad to return? Or perhaps True Blood is more your cup of tea? Read on to find about those and other (The Rachel Zoe Project! Jersey Shore!) summer premieres for basic and premium cable TV:


'Damages' sneak peek: War and (a sleazy?) John Goodman -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

DirecTV sent along this exclusive little sneak peek of Damages that’ll bow July 13. (The Glenn Close starrer jumped to the satellite service after three seasons on FX). John Goodman (Roseanne) joins the action this year, as does Chris Messina (Julie & Julia), who plays a high school friend of Ellen (Rose Byrne) and a former decorated soldier who is now working for a private security firm in Afghanistan.

Nice music choice. READ FULL STORY

'Damages': Watch the season 4 teaser -- VIDEO

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Twisty legal drama Damages is returning for its fourth season on DirecTV, which inherits the series from FX. This time, Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) and Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) team up to take down a private military contractor headed by CEO Howard T. Erickson, played by John Goodman. But expect big surprises — after all, this is Damages. In fact, Close says she was even in the dark about how it would all be resolved in the end. “[The writers] gave me broad strokes about my son Michael, the case and my relationship with Ellen,” says the Emmy-winning actress. “But how it actually gets worked out, I don’t know.” Damages new season premieres July 13. Watch the teaser below… READ FULL STORY

'Bones,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Vampire Diaries': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

What’s this?

What’s this?

There are finales everywhere. What’s this?

I can’t believe my eyes; I must be dreaming. Wake up, Sandra, this isn’t fair!

Woah! Musical introduction. This is what the end of the season does to me, folks. I’m losing it. But that also means summer’s on the way, so remember to start sending your scoop requests for summer TV soon! And, as a special treat, please also send your season finale questions as well.

As usual, all queries/suggestions/ponderings get sent to or @EWSandraG. And as a reminder, we’re on summer schedule now. So Spoiler Room will be on Fridays only, until late summer.

Thanks, y’all.


'Damages' casting scoop: Chris Messina joins web of intrigue when show debuts on DirecTV

Chris-Messina_240.jpg Image Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images The news just keep getting better for fans of Damages, the former FX drama that’ll air on DirecTV’s 101 network this summer. EW has learned exclusively that Chris Messina (Julie & Julia) will play a high school friend of Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) who was a decorated soldier before being recruited to work for a private security firm in Afghanistan. He’s drawn into a web of intrigue when Ellen sets her sights on his corrupt employer (played by John Goodman). Dylan Baker (Secretariat) has already joined the cast as a shadowy opportunist with ties to the Middle East. READ FULL STORY

Glenn Close on 11th hour 'Damages' pickup: 'I was really surprised'

Contrary to what you may have heard, I most certainly did not tell Glenn Close to take a flying leap when we spoke Friday at the 2010 Entertainment Weekly and Women in Film pre-Emmy shindig. However, amid talk of Damages‘ series-saving move to DirecTV—and the new freedoms said move has given the show’s writers—she did contemplate taking the plunge. WTH am I going on about? Press play to find out. READ FULL STORY

Emmy predix: Best drama and comedy series

ausiello-emmy-predixImage Credit: Mike Yarish/AMC; Carin Baer/Fox; Bob D'Amico/ABC; Mario Perez/ABCWe’re in the homestretch! The 2010 Emmy Awards are this Sunday—my tux is scheduled to arrive from Filene’s Basement Paris tomorrow morning!—and I’ve got two categories left to handicap: Best drama and comedy series. BTW, my Schmemmy picks were 50 percent accurate, so I guess you can say I’m on a bit of a roll this year. READ FULL STORY

Emmy predix: Who will win best guest actor/actress in comedy/drama

ausiello-predixImage Credit: Michael Yarish/Fox; Dana Edelson/NBC; Randy Tepper/Showtime;The proliferation of stunt casting has turned the typically mundane guest-acting races into major Emmy spectacles. To wit, for the first time in history I’m handicapping all four of the categories! (Note: The winners will be announced this weekend at the increasingly scrumptious Emmy appetizer known as the Schmemmys.) READ FULL STORY


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