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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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.
There were a lot of great scenes in Justified‘s fifth season: Art being badass in the diner, the 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
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
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
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.
Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Justified, stop reading now. The promo showed Danny Crowe (AJ Buckley) charging at Raylan (Timothy Olyphant), testing the 21-Foot Rule. The belief is that a man with a knife, standing within 21 feet of a man with a holstered gun, will win that showdown. How did it work out for Danny? In a way that would’ve made the late Elmore Leonard proud. Buckley phoned EW to chat about the scene that will go down as one of the series’ funniest. Read what executive producer Graham Yost had to say about it, and the rest of the episode, here. READ FULL STORY
Spoiler alert! If you haven’t yet watched this week’s episode of Justified, “Weight” written by Taylor Elmore and Keith Schreier and directed by John Dahl, stop reading now. As he’ll do throughout the season, showrunner Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room. READ FULL STORY
'Justified': Mary Steenburgen on her debut (and sticking around for the final season!) -- FIRST LOOK
Mary Steenburgen begins her arc on Justified this Tuesday as Katherine Hale, the widow of a crime boss Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) had worked for — not Theo Tonin — and a woman whose opinion Duffy clearly values. Though she’s been out of the business for a while, Katherine remains, as executive producer Graham Yost says, “as sweet as a mint julep and as lethal as a copperhead.” Steenburgen seconds that. “The character is very Elmore Leonard-like in that she’s full of surprises and you don’t ever really turn your back on her,” she says. How soon might we see her strike? “You may see some of it sooner than you think,” she answers coyly. And if not, there’s always next year. She’ll stick around for the show’s final season: “Where she goes next season is why I wanted her to join this rather than just do a couple of episodes. It’s a really fascinating journey,” she says. “It gets set up a little bit in the last episode this season, and then it’s really cool what they’re planning.”
Her first scene (pictured) is with Burns, who she knew because he co-starred on the ABC comedy Help Me Help You (2006 to 2007) with her husband, Ted Danson. Yes, she enjoys watching him as much as we do: “The characters [on Justified] are on guard at all times. Anybody at any moment can do something incredibly violent to each other. That’s the world of that show. There’s not the usual half-page warning that something terrible’s about to happen. It just, like, comes out of nowhere,” she says with a laugh, “and so as an actor, part of the job is to be extremely observant of each other. You’re watching. And watching Jere Burns is a joy. It’s such an interesting, bizarre character that he’s created.” (She’s also enjoyed watching Walton Goggins, with whom she’s shared scenes. She hopes to work with Timothy Olyphant for the first time in season 7.) READ FULL STORY
Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of Justified — “Wrong Roads” written by Dave Andron and Leonard Chang, directed by Michael Dinner, and guest-starring Eric Roberts as a DEA agent/Ghost of Raylan Future — stop reading now. As he’ll do throughout the season, showrunner Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room. READ FULL STORY
Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Justified, “Whistle Past the Graveyard” written by Chris Provenzano and directed by Peter Werner, stop reading now. As he’ll do throughout the season, showrunner Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room. READ FULL STORY
Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Justified, “Raw Deal” written by VJ Boyd and directed by Bill Johnson, stop reading now. As he’ll do throughout the season, showrunner Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room. READ FULL STORY
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