Justified Season 6 in Top 10 DVD Sales


By Penny Clift



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Justified Season Six is now available on DVD and BluRay.  The current release is number seven on the list of best selling dramas.

Justified was based on an Elmore Leonard short story “Fire in the Hole”.  It ran for six seasons on the FX network.  The show gave us the iconic character,U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens.
Critically acclaimed for its witty dialogue and complex villains, Justified has received a Peabody Award and has received Emmy, Critics Choice and TCA award nominations.

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The sixth and final season follows the paths of Raylan Givens and his nemesis, Boyd CrowderAva Crowder, Raylan’s former lover and Boyd’s current fiance, also plays a prominent role in the series finale.
Actors Timothy Olyphant as Givens, Walton Goggins as Boyd and Joelle Carter as Ava, give Emmy worthy performances.  If you haven’t given Justified a look yet, do yourself a favor and check it out!

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Timothy Olyphant Plays Dirty Harry

By Penny Clift



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Timothy Olyphant does a great Dirty Harry in this promo spot for Justified. Olyphant shared the story of making the ad with the ladies of “The View”. The producers of Justified called to ask if he would come in on Saturday to shoot the spot. Olyphant was reluctant explaining to producers that Saturday was his date night with his wife.

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 The producer then told Olyphant that FX was paying a hefty price for the spot which would air during the Super Bowl. They suggested he might every night free for date night should he decline.

Tim cheerfully told them he would be there bright and early on Saturday. The video above is the result of his Saturday at work. I am sure his wife understood. Enjoy Olyphant’s performance, which caused him to miss date night. Timothy Olyphant in a remake of Dirty Harry? Pretty good idea.

TCA’s Snub Timothy Olyphant

By Penny Clift


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 The Television Critics Association has announced their 2015 nominees.  Justified has been nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Drama.

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It was disappointing to learn that not one single actor from the drama received a nomination.  Timothy Olyphant, Joelle Carter and Walton Goggins each received a Critics Choice nomination but were shut out of the TCA’s.


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It is a shame that this wonderful show, with so much wit, heart and human frailty, has failed to garner the recognition it deserves.  Hollywood would much rather honor a show about rich glamorous people instead of a show about hill folk living a hard scrabble existence.

Popular Trumps Deserving as Critics Choice Snubs Timothy Olyphant’s Justified

By Penny Clift

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The Critics Choice Award winners were announced last Sunday and I am sorry to say Justified was once again snubbed. The show has enjoyed six seasons of critically acclaimed episodes. Justified has brought us some of the most colorful characters ever to grace the TV screen.

Timothy Olyphant gave Elmore Leonard’s character, Raylan Givens, a larger than life persona. Olyphant made Givens an iconic character that will be enjoyed for years to come.

Justified never failed to entertain. The witty dialogue beats anything on television hands down. It gave us a landscape where the lines between the good guys and the bad guys are not always drawn in black and white. Givens respected the bad people he pursued, even as he gunned them down. He always gave the choice of how it went down to the man he faced.


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 The show also gave us some of the most memorable “baddies” any show has ever produced. Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder, the wannabe kingpin. His plans never quite pan out but it doesn’t stop his nefarious way of life. Along the way he drags his widowed sister- in-law into his outlaw fantasy. Their relationship is made even richer by the fact that Ava made herself a widow by killing Boyd’s brother.

Ava has had a crush on Raylan since high school. She is a pawn in a man’s game. Abused by her husband, discarded by Raylan and used by Boyd, she still manages to survive and fight. She embodies the strong female spirit needed to survive in the hard scrabble existence that is Harlan, KY.

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While Raylan, Boyd and Ava are the main characters, there is no shortage of other wonderful and under explored characters. Art Mullen, the wise cracking chief deputy, Rachel, the ambitious female marshal and Tim the Iraq veteran sharpshooter who loves his booze. They are each worthy of a show of their own.

Then we come to the guest stars. Margo Martindale created the quintessential female villain in Mags Bennett, matriarch of the family crime syndicate. She was both sympathetic and ruthless. Mags did the best she could for her family after her husband’s untimely death. She became hard and ruthless to protect her sons and her interests.



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 Other bad guys who wandered in and out of Justified include Dewey Crowe, Dickie Bennett, Wynn Duffy, Robert Quarles, Limehouse and Avery Markham. That is just to name a few.

My personal favorite is Arlo, Raylan’s dad. I loved the love/hate relationship which went on between the two. Arlo was disappointed in his son but at the same time he held a hidden respect for Raylan’s independent spirt. Olyphant and Raymond J Barry were mesmerizing when doing a scene together. I felt they didn’t explore this relationship enough. It was complex and heartbreaking.

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The guest stars is where the problem begins. After Mags the show tried to create bad guys to top the last bad guys, In doing so, they changed the focus of the show. Too many characters and too many plotlines at the expense of the main characters.

The guest stars received award nominations, garnering an Emmy for Margo Martindale and Jeremy Davies. Sam Elliot received the Critics Choice award. So the guest stars are honored and the brilliant actors who were the heart and soul of the show are left out.

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Timothy Olyphant gave us the main character, Raylan Givens, every week. Raylan with his unswaying moral code, his love of women and vanilla ice cream, his afinity for the Harlan criminal element, his hatred of his father, his fear of his past and his longing to embrace fatherhood, this was the heart of the story. Olyphant made the character. He moved the story forward. He gave the show its heart. He should have been recognized for his brilliant portrayal of a complex character. Instead he loses out to Bob Odenkirk, who I admit I had to google because I had no idea of his identity.

While the Critics Choice Awards claim to exist in order to recognize quality performances that are overlooked by mainstream awards, I dispute their claim. It seems to me they are following the Emmy’s path, awarding the popular not the deserving. Awards are meaningless when they are decided by politics and popularity.

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Thanks to Olyphant and company for six seasons of great entertainment. Justified has thrilled us, made us laugh, made us cry and made us question. Awards aside, it was the best show on television. I will miss my Tuesday appointment with the Justified gang.
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