[22 July 2008]
Chicago Tribune (MCT)
LOS ANGELES - There’s big news from the Television Critics Association press tour regarding “Damages”: Ted Danson will be back as Arthur Frobisher on the FX show. His performance in Season 1 as the arrogant capitalist was one of the high points of the show, so that’s great news.
As to whether Frobisher survived being shot at the end of Season 1, well, that’s not clear. FX president and general manager John Landgraf said during his remarks that Frobisher did survive, but the “Damages” creators would only say that because the series moves backward and forward in time, it’s possible that we’ll see Frobisher in a flashback when the show returns in early 2009.
Speaking of the cast, Landgraf announced that Marcia Gay Harden will play a high-powered attorney on “Damages.” She joins other new Season 2 actors William Hurt, Timothy Olyphant and Mario Van Peebles. Glenn Close and Tate Donovan are returning as lawyers Patty Hewes and Tom Shayes.
Co-creator Daniel Zelman said the show would continue to play with time, as it did last season, but somewhat less intensely. The show’s structure will be “slightly less complex” but it would still have flashbacks, and especially flash-forwards, which Zelman called “a signature of the show” and something that gives “Damages” its thriller feel.
Rose Byrne, who plays attorney Ellen Parsons, said her character will be a bit more of a “warrior” in Season 2. As was indicated at the end of Season 1, Ellen will be an informant against Hewes, Close’s character. Olyphant will play someone who has also been through a trauma like the one Ellen has been through and becomes Ellen’s “confidant.”
Other news from the FX network at the TCA press tour last week: