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FX Announces Premiere Date for Justified Season 3

Fans of FX's Emmy winning Justified can finally start programming their Tivos this week, as the cable channel officially announced the start date of January 17th, 2012 for the return of the acclaimed serial, starring Timothy Olyphant as a tough, southern-bred 19th century-style officer for the US Marshal Service.

After the spectacular showdown in season 2's finale between hill clans the Crowders and the Bennetts, we can expect season 3 to hit the ground running with Raylan (Olyphant) hell bent on foiling the plans of arch nemesis - and some-time best friend - Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) who, after foiling the plans of his only rivals for the role, announced his intention to crown himself king of Harlan's underworld. So expect another stellar turn from Goggins who, along with stars Timothy Olyphant, Margo Martindale and Jeremy Davies, was nominated for an Emmy for his performance in last year's season.

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens

2012 will also see Raylan dealing with a couple of new villains on the block: Limehouse (
played by Mykelti Williamson, best know for his role as Bubba in Forrest Gump) a ruthless lawbreaker who will do whatever he has to in order to protect his own corner of the county, and Quarles (played by Neal McDonough of Band of Brothers), a sharply-dressed mobster from Detroit who has ambitions to become a crime lord. Then of course there's the other little matter that Raylan is about to become a daddy, something which should provide interesting material for character development as far as the chaos-magnet marshal and his maybe-not-so-ex-wife are concerned. All said, signs point to another riveting season of this slow-burning southern drama, one of the few shows on TV able to keep both male and female audiences consistently glued to their seats.


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