October 15, 2011 at 2:12 am #231952
Season 4 ended a month ago, but since there is no official thread here, this will serve as a thread for season 4’s late discussion and season 5’s news, casting and development.
Ryan Phillipe joins fifth season of ‘Damages’
“Damages” is getting some added star-power.
Ryan Phillippe is joining the DirecTV drama, which stars Glenn Close and Rose Byrne, for its fifth and final season, expected to begin airing summer 2012.
According to TV Line, Phillippe will play a corporate whistle-blower who enlists Ellen (Byrne) to help fight his courtroom cause
Though primarily known for films such as “Crash” and “The Lincoln Lawyer,” Phillippe started out on TV, playing Billy Douglas on the long-running soap “One Life to Live” in the ’90s.
“Damages” has featured other famous guests in the past, including John Goodman, Ted Danson, William Hurt, Martin Short and Lily Tomlin.
Phillippe will soon be seen on the big screen opposite Bruce Willis and 50 Cent in the actioner ‘Setup.”October 15, 2011 at 2:22 am #231954
From another article,
Ryan Phillippe has landed a regular role in the upcoming season of the Glenn Close courtroom drama Damages, reports our TVLine colleague Michael Ausiello. Phillippe will play a “Julian Assange-type character who turns to Ellen (Rose Byrne) for help.”
So this will likely be a Wikileaks type of lawsuit.
And casting Ryan Phillipe is a bit surprising, compared to the guest stars from the past four seasons.October 15, 2011 at 3:37 am #231955
“Courtroom drama” is the worst cliche possible to describe this show.October 15, 2011 at 5:28 am #231956
I have mixed feelings about this addition to the cast. I like having a younger actor in a story arc on the show (like Messina this season), but I don’t really care about Ryan Phillippe. I have yet to watch something in which I like him in.October 15, 2011 at 6:05 am #231957
^I’d like to watch him on me.October 25, 2011 at 2:33 am #231959
OMG I just learned Jenna Elfman will star in the next season. how f*cking amazing is that. I can’t wait.October 25, 2011 at 3:36 am #231960
Eh to this casting. Ryan has had opportunities to prove that he’s more than just a pretty face with competent abilities. He still hasn’t done it. Elfman has always annoyed me, though she may be a better dramatic actor than comedic.October 25, 2011 at 6:42 am #231961
I’m excited to see Elfman in this. I’ve always liked her and wondered by she hasn’t gotten better things than those awful sitcoms.October 25, 2011 at 10:54 am #231962
As a Dharma & Greg fan I obviously think she’s hilarious and am excited to see how she handles a dramatic role. I also find her very likable only the Scientology stuff is a bit… well, but I try to ignore that just like I do with Elisabeth Moss.
About her flopped sitcoms. I’ve always said Elfman needs another Chuck Lorre (or alike) show in order to have some success. She’s not able to carry a show all alone like Julia Louis Dreyfus, and that was the problem with those sitcoms. Poor writing, not a particulary great cast, the only good thing about them was her, and that’s not enough. So, once her guest appearance ends I’d like to see her team up w/ Lorre again or at least get a show with a better cast.October 26, 2011 at 2:45 am #231963
It’s great that Elfman can avoid another bad short-lived sitcom for a while. I always thought and hoped that a comedy actress this age who would be cast in this show would be none other than Debra Messing, but she has already had her plate full with Smash.
John Hannah and Alexandra Socha also join the cast this season.
Sitcom vet Jenna Elfman is taking a rare dramatic detour with a recurring role on the fifth and final season of Damages.
The Dharma & Greg alum will play an investment bank employee troubled by her company’s conduct. When she approaches Channing McClaren (previously announced special guest star Ryan Phillippe), the iconoclastic founder of a WikiLeaks-type Website devoted to corporate and government transparency, it lays the foundation for the case that will pit Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) and Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) against each other.
Additionally, TVLine has learned that The Big C‘s Alexandra Socha has been cast as the daughter to Elfman’s character. And as first scooped by The Hollywood Reporter, Startacus villain John Hannah will appear in multiple episodes as an advisor to Phillippe’s Channing.
Damages‘ final season is slated to air next summer on DirecTVNovember 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm #231964
‘Damages’ Enlists Janet McTeer (Exclusive)
The “Into the Storm” Emmy nominee will play a former colleague of Patty Hewes in the final season of the Glenn Close drama.November 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm #231965
Wow! Mcteer and Close are together again right after Albert Nobbs. Really look forward to this.
Hope she gets an Emmy-worthy material.December 26, 2011 at 12:11 am #231966
Just watched the entire season over the course of two weeks and boy was I wrong thinking this show didn’t have enough life in it for the effort that was made to revive it, though I still stand by the season three finale making a strong series ending (that team has their work cut out for them to drum up another finale). The pay cut wasn’t as distracting like I thought it would be, though those scenes w/Gerry flashing back to his Middle Eastern love were cheap looking. This season story made it more of a showcase for the men as oppose to our female leads. Dylan Baker and Chris Messina were Emmy worthy and would make my ballot in their respective category (idk if Messina is a name, but he has a winning tape w/the season opener if he were to get traction). The female fit back into their roles like nothing happen. Love how they became equals and the ending in the finale will make the final season juicy. As for the Emmys, Close is back and in my head I have rationalized for two reasons why. She is like a Bryan Cranston type who was basically ineligible and would come back and/or her comeback to film is getting her award buzz/accolades. Byrne is tricky b/c there have been more strong performers she is competing w/since she was last nominated. Neither of them have a strong Emmy tape, so there’s that. John Goodman didn’t knock my socks off like I was hoping, so of course he will be nominated. I won’t be as outraged as I was when William Hurt got in, but still. And there won’t be a FNL effect for the show, meaning that it will still be out of the major three categories and techs.
Next season “Wikileaks” inspired storyline and cast has me game.
Welcome back Damages!