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[11/12/07 - 12:55 PM]
Verdict Is In: FX Awards Viewers Two More Seasons of Damages
"FX is proud of our status as a leader in fostering bold, high quality scripted programming," said FX President and General Manager John Landgraf.

[via press release from FX]

VERDICT IS IN: FX AWARDS VIEWERS TWO MORE SEASONS OF DAMAGES

Network Orders 26 Additional Episodes of the Acclaimed Drama Series Damages Starring Glenn Close from KZK Productions, Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions

Seasons Two and Three of Damages Set for 13-Episode Runs

LOS ANGELES, November 12, 2007 � FX has picked up its critically acclaimed drama series Damages for an additional two seasons ordering 26 episodes from KZK Productions, Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions, announced FX President and General Manager John Landgraf.

Damages wrapped up the first season October 23 and production of season two is slated to begin early next year in New York.

"FX is proud of our status as a leader in fostering bold, high quality scripted programming," said Landgraf. "We commend Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman and their magnificent cast, headed by Glenn Close, with pulling off this hugely ambitious series and establishing Damages as one of the best dramas on American television.�

"We and Sony Pictures Television have a history, also spanning The Shield (with FTVS) and Rescue Me, of nurturing such programming together, and we thank them for their continued support. We're enormously pleased to announce jointly that the fans of Damages will be able to enjoy the series for at least two more seasons."

"To be able to tell 26 more hours of mind blowing stories with Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler is an incredible position to be in. FX has continually shown enormous support for both this show and for Sony and it's evident in this extended renewal," said Jamie Erlicht, Co-President, Programming and Production, Sony Pictures Television. "This group has mastered the art of storytelling with a show that continually raises the bar with each and every episode. Continuing our relationship with Todd, Glenn and Daniel - along with the electrifying Glenn Close - is as good as it gets," said Zack Van Amburg, Co-President, Programming and Production, Sony Pictures Television.

The Creators/Executive Producing team of Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman expressed their enthusiasm, stating, "We are thrilled that FX has extended our series run for at least two more seasons. Our collaboration with John Landgraf and his team has been deeply rewarding. We're extremely fortunate to be able to continue to write and produce stories for an actress of Glenn Close's talent and stature. We also owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg at Sony Pictures Television for being such first-class partners and steadfast champions of our series."

Damages recently concluded its first season in magnificent fashion in settling the Frobisher case as well as the mystery of who murdered Ellen Parson�s fianc�e, David Connor, while brilliantly setting the table for season two.

In addition to universally acclaimed performances by Close, Rose Byrne and Ted Danson, performances of supporting stars Tate Donovan, Zeljko Ivanek, Michael Nouri, Philip Bosco, Anastasia Griffith, Noah Bean, Peter Riegert and Peter Facinelli also drew high praise.

Close, Byrne and Donovan are currently signed on as series regulars for season two.

Damages was created by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler who also serve as Executive Producers. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions.

With the pick up of Damages, to go along with The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Dirt, and The Riches, FX�s six concurrent drama series are the most ever for a cable network in that genre.

For its entire first season, Damages averaged 5.1 million total viewers and 2.5 million Adults 18-49 in a weekly multi-telecast cume. On a first-run basis, Damages averaged 2.5 million total viewers and 1.1 million Adults 18-49.

Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry�s leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment for network and cable television, as well as first-run and off-network series for syndication. With more than 25 programs on the air, SPT boasts a program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT also owns one-half of cable channel GSN and is a partner in FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service. Sony Pictures Television oversees all of Sony Pictures Entertainment's (SPE) domestic digital distribution efforts across all electronically delivered platforms, including the internet and mobile. Sony Pictures Television, advertiser sales, is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States, for Sony BMG and for iN DEMAND's high-definition channel Mojo, and is part owner of national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 94 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of distinctive original series and films, an established film library with box-office hit movies from 20th Century Fox and other major studios that run in prime time and an impressive lineup of acquired hit series.





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