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Why 'Justified' is ending after season 6

Parks and Recreation. Nurse Jackie. Mad Men. Justified. Those are just a few of the television series saying goodbye this year after solid runs. For Justified, the end comes after six seasons of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) bringing justice to his hometown of Harlan, Kentucky. Why is the series going off the air now?

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Jonathan Tucker joins 'Justified' for final season

EW has confirmed that Kingdom’s Jonathan Tucker has joined Justified for its final season. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

According to THR, Tucker recently started filming his role as Boon, a hired gun of Katherine Hale’s (Mary Steenburgen) ex, Avery Markham (Sam Elliot), and is set to appear in the final five episodes of the series. Tucker also stars as Jay Kulina on Kingdom, which was picked up for seasons two and three on DirecTV.

Justified‘s final season begins Tuesday, Jan. 20, on FX.

5 ways TV in 2015 could suck

It’s the end of one year, which means it’s time for pop culture know-it-alls to look ahead to next year with great expectation and anticipation. But not me! No, I prognosticate with hysterical dread and alarmist fear. What if everything I am eagerly anticipating goes horribly awry? What if Fargo and True Detective follow up their phenomenal first years with sophomore slumps? What if Girls flunks its risky Hannah-goes-to-grad-school storyline? What if Steven Colbert can’t play the part of an honest-to-god talk show host? There are so many ways television could suck in 2015. Here are five that might happen in the first six months of 2015 alone: READ FULL STORY

FX sets premiere dates for 'Justified' and more

Justified fans awaiting that final showdown between Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Boyd (Walton Goggins) finally have a date to mark on their calendars: FX has announced the show’s sixth and final season will premiere Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. ET.

Speaking to EW earlier this month, Goggins sounded as excited as viewers: “It’s interesting when Raylan chooses to insert himself into Boyd’s life, and it’s electric. I have always waited for this. I’ve wanted this experience with Tim since we did the pilot. Six years ago, I was looking forward to these interactions between these two men, and they are complicated and they just turn me on, man,” he said. “Graham [Yost] and all the writers, the crew, everybody understands that we have something to protect here—and we’re doing it for Elmore [Leonard] and for his legacy as much as we’re doing it for ourselves. So nothing has been taken for granted. Every scene that Boyd has had with Ava [Joelle Carter] has blown me away because so much is happening from word to word, from sentence to sentence. So much is changing all the time. Everything is loaded. It’s just a pleasure to be a part of. It leaves you exhausted mentally at the end of the day. A lot’s happenin’ in Harlan County,” he continued, laughing. “I mean there’s so many pieces movin’, I forget which game we’re playing sometimes.”

FX also announced the return of The Americans. Season three debuts on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 10 p.m. ET. Archer, meanwhile, is back for its sixth season on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 10 p.m. ET.

Over on FXX, the tenth season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will begin Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 10 p.m. ET, followed by the premiere of the new comedy Man Seeking Woman at 10:30 p.m. ET. That stars Jay Baruchel as a twentysomething on a quest for love. READ FULL STORY

See the first teaser for the final season of 'Justified'

FX’s Justified will return for its sixth and final season in January, and while the additions of Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt to the cast recently made headlines, the first teaser puts the focus firmly on Timothy Olyphant’s Raylan and Walton Goggins’ Boyd. Watch EW‘s exclusive first look below. READ FULL STORY

'Justified' adds Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt for final season

It doesn’t sound like Justified will go gently into that good night. The FX drama, which premieres its sixth and final season in January, has added Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt in recurring roles.

Per the network’s announcement, Elliott will play Markham, a legendary gangster who returns to Kentucky with a private army and plenty of cash, which he earned growing legal weed in Colorado. He wants to win back both his empire and his lost love, Katherine Hale (Mary Steenburgen). He’ll rub up against Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), as well as Boyd (Walton Goggins), who seemed poised to re-enter the world of bank robbing with Hale and Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) in season 5’s finale. Another wrinkle: Katherine secretly believes Markham is the rat who turned on her husband. READ FULL STORY

'Justified' star Jacob Pitts heads to 'Elementary'

Sherlock Holmes will soon find a new ally: Justified star Jacob Pitts will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Elementary, EW has learned exclusively.

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Neal McDonough talks new 'Suits' stint (and 'Justified' return?)

Things are only going to get more tense on USA’s Suits as Mike continues to battle Harvey (and uses Louis in the process—see a sneak peek of this week’s episode below). But Harvey has another opponent on the horizon. Justified‘s Neal McDonough makes his debut on the show in the July 9 episode as SEC bulldog Sean Cahill. He’ll face-off with Jessica and Jeff Malone first, but as McDonough tells EW, it’ll be high noon with Harvey sooner or later.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Suits creator Aaron Korsh is a Justified fan and says this role isn’t unlike Robert Quarles, the gangster you played in season three: You’re a hired gun, but this time you’re a lawyer gunning for Harvey (Gabriel Macht). How do you see Sean Cahill?
NEAL McDONOUGH: That’s exactly it. [On Justified], I’m from Detroit and I come to town, and I’m gonna take down anybody I need to take down. No one’s gettin’ in my way. It’s the same kind of character on Suits, except I’m kind of a good guy tryin’ to take down the bad guys. But there’s so much gray matter in Aaron’s writing, that’s it hard to differentiate, at times, who the good guy is and who the bad guy is in Suits.

That’s what I love about the show: Sometimes you’re rooting for the guy who really isn’t the nicest guy on earth and vice versa. So I’m tryin’ to do my job for the United States government, which is to take down guys who I think are doing off-color or wrong things. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you like that character; it doesn’t necessarily mean that you dislike that character, either. That area is my wheelhouse when it comes to acting.

It’s interesting to hear you think of him as a good guy because fans won’t.
Technically he is a good guy; however, he isn’t. Things that Harvey does are certainly not the most legal of things, at times. So Sean’s gonna use anything he can to take down this horrible human being that is Harvey, in his mind. In the audience’s mind, it’s a whole different thing. But in my mind, that’s how I’m playing it. It’s really steely-eyed, and I get to mess with everybody a little bit, and then finally the table starts to turn later on. I won’t go into what happens, but it’s pretty awesome.

There’s one scene between Gabriel and I, it was just so much fun to play. Every once in a while as an actor, you get to work with an actor and watch him really groove, and enjoy his work, and think through it, and make fantastic choices. And that’s what Gabriel does. And in this scene in particular, he makes some phenomenal choices that made the rivalry between the two of us that much greater. It’s like an Ali-Frazier fight. I’m beatin’ him in a couple of rounds, and he’s the champ, and he thinks he’s coming back to win the fight at the end. Everyone who watches Suits understands how great Suits is, and it’s almost like this hidden gem on television. The numbers on the show are fantastic, but people may not realize that after this is all said and done, Gabriel’s gonna be around for a long time. If they’re gonna cast an American James Bond, cast him. He’s just a great guy to work with, a super family guy. I can’t say enough about Gabriel Macht.

Sean doesn’t come face-to-face with Harvey in his first episode. Does that happen soon?
[Sings in taunting manner] I’m not telling. This isn’t my first clam bake. With five kids now, I need job security also; let’s remember that. You ain’t gettin’ that one out of me.

People think of Harvey as the one with bite on the show, but I love how strong Gina Torres plays Jessica.
As soon as you’re on set with her and look in her eyes, you’re like, “Oh… oh, it’s on today. That’s right.” I think I have the upper hand against her, and then later on, she thinks she has the upper hand against me. It’s just so much fun. Everyone—it’s a great cast. I’m blessed to be a part of it for the time that I’m there.

I’m guessing you won’t say when or how Sean will finally interact with Louis (Rick Hoffman). I look forward to that dynamic.
I’m sorry. You’re breaking up. I can’t hear you. [Laughs]

Last question, then: Justified showrunner Graham Yost always insists that Quarles could still be alive. How is that possible?
Oh, Quarles isn’t dead. Graham and I had talked about me coming out of prison with my one arm, and seeking revenge or just wreaking havoc on the whole cast—and if it’s the last season, taking a few down. We’ve talked about it. Whether he can make that happen or not—are you kidding me? To jump back into Robert Quarles’ skin one more time for a last hurrah would be the joy of my career. It really would. Because he was such a fantastic, flawed human being. To go from this Oxy businessman to a complete degenerate, drug-addled nutbag [laughs].

Hopefully we’ll get one more chance at that, and I’ll take Raylan down, or Boyd down—I’m takin’ somebody down. Graham has been so good to me with Band of Brothers and Boomtown and then Justified. The famous saying I have is, “In Graham I trust,” and I always do. If he decides he wants me to come back one more time, I’m saddlin’ up.

Suits airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on USA. Watch that sneak peek of Mike and Louis below.


Emmy Watch: See the storyboards for Danny Crowe's 'Justified' demise

There were a lot of great scenes in Justified‘s fifth season: Art being badass in the dinerthe United Nations of A–holes, and Dickie Bennett’s map monologue come to mind. But it’s Danny Crowe (AJ Buckley) finally testing the 21-Foot Rule on Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) that made Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the 50 best TV scenes of the year, which can be found in the issue now on stands.

At last we were going to see if a knife-wielding nutjob really would win a duel with a gunslinger if he charged him from a distance of 21 feet or less. But in an abrupt and uproarious twist, Danny takes a few steps, falls headfirst into the grave dug for his beloved male dog, Chelsea, and stabs himself through the chin instead. As showrunner Graham Yost told EW in our weekly postmortem, Olyphant had been pitching the death since the start of the season: “He wanted the dog to die. He wanted a grave to be dug. And he wanted Danny to fall in it,” Yost said. “And it’s suggested by something in Out of Sight, one of the great Elmore Leonard film adaptations. There’s a scene in the climax where this character named White Boy Bob is running up the stairs with a gun, and he trips and falls and shoots himself in the head. It’s actually not in Elmore’s book, I don’t think. It was something that was suggested by someone on the set. But it felt very Elmore, and we’ve always loved that moment. So it’s a little bit of our tribute to White Boy Bob.”

Yost and fellow EP Fred Golan happened to be in a meeting with Olyphant when Taylor Elmore, who cowrote the episode with Keith Schreier, called them into his office to view director John Dahl’s storyboards for the scene. Check them out for yourself below. “There was a giddiness,” Yost recalled. “The way Dahl shot it with those feet sticking up, you know, that’s Elmore. It’s funny and it’s horrifying.” READ FULL STORY

'Justified': Does Joelle Carter think Ava will get out of Harlan alive? -- LISTEN!

Spoiler alert! The final scene of Justified‘s season 5 finale set up where Ava (Joelle Carter) will be when the show returns for its final episodes in 2015: between Boyd (Walton Goggins) and Raylan (Timothy Olyphant). To get out of jail, Ava accepted a deal to provide information on Boyd and his associates. Will she survive the final season? “It really is the question: We know it’s gonna come down to Raylan and Boyd, but what’s gonna happen to Ava?” exec producer Graham Yost said in our finale postmortem.

We asked Carter’s opinion when she phoned in to Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM 105) Wednesday to chat about the season finale on the TV Editor’s Hour. Listen to an excerpt below in which she discusses Ava’s decision to turn rat, where she believes Ava’s loyalty will land, and whether she wants Ava to go out in a glorious Justified-y blaze or ride off into the sunset. READ FULL STORY

'Justified' season finale postmortem: EP Graham Yost dissects 'Restitution,' looks ahead to final year

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched Justified‘s season 5 finale, “Restitution” written by Fred Golan and Dave Andron and directed by Adam Arkin, stop reading now. As he’s done throughout the season, showrunner Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room. (If you want to jump right to season 6 talk, click here.) READ FULL STORY

'Justified' postmortem: EP Graham Yost dissects 'Starvation' (and teases the season finale)

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Justified, “Starvation” written by Chris Provenzano and directed by Michael Pressman, stop reading now. As he’ll do throughout the season, showrunner Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room. And bonus, he offers a few teases for the April 8 season finale. READ FULL STORY

'Justified' postmortem: EP Graham Yost dissects 'The Toll' (and another gory surprise)

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t yet watched this week’s episode of Justified, “The Toll” written by Benjamin Cavell and directed by Jon Avnet, stop reading now. As he’ll do throughout the season, showrunner Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room. An additional warning this week for fans of The Good Wife: the big twist in that show’s March 23 episode is referenced, twice.

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