Justified Locks Up a Return Date

... Television will get a lot more handsome and rugged in early February, as FX has announced the return date for Justified. The drama, starring Timothy Olyphant as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, will be back for its second season on February 9. Season 2 will see Raylan tangling with new groups of bad guys and the addition of Jeremy Davies (Lost) to the cast. Yes, please! [FX via press release]

... Actor Steve Landesberg has passed away at the age of 65 after losing his battle with cancer. Landesberg was known for his dry sense of humor, which was out in full force during his Emmy-nominated role on the 1970s comedy Barney Miller. [E! Online]

... Hey, everyone else is doing period pieces, so why not Robert DeNiro? The legend is producing a show set during the early 1900s in Chicago, where gangsters were king. The project is very early in its development, and is said to be based on the book Lords of the Levee: The Story of Bathhouse John and Hinky Dink. [Chicagoist]

... Mary Lynn Rajskub (24) is planning to drop by Raising Hope as the wife of Cousin Mike for an upcoming episode in February. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Sarah Palin's Alaska is trying to do what the government of Alaska couldn't: keep Sarah Palin around! Zing! Hey-yo! Discovery Channel is currently trying to negotiate a deal to get Sarah to commit to a second season of her whatever-it-is show, which pulled in more than three million idiots viewers last week. [Popeater]

... It's your lucky day... more Discovery news! Cash Cab, which has recently come under fire for being fake (it's not—well, not really), is launching a new edition of its trivia game show in Chicago. The host of the new show will be Second City comic Beth Melewski. [Associated Press]

... Filming has wrapped on HBO's Game of Thrones, which is on-schedule for an April debut. Get your popcorn ready. [Digital Spy]

... Pee-wee Herman! *Screams*! The Broadway version of The Pee-wee Herman Show is being turned into an HBO show! Expect the stage version to appear on your television sometime next year. [Playbill.com]


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When is cash cab returning? I miss it dreadfully and will watch old or new episodes anytime on any channel. Help!
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Justified was awesome, looking forward to a second season. I hope Walton Goggins is still in it. The Robert DeNiro thing sounds pretty good also. I would like a 'gangster/mafia' type show on tv.
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Thank you for the exact date of the Justfed premiere. This is simply one of the best shows on television.
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Good news. I am rooting for a more 'justified' season, by the end of the first season it went too soft.
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Justified returning in February has made winter a little more bareable! I wonder why FiveUSA let it go to FX?
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Yay for Justified!

R.I.P Mr. Landesberg.
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Hinky Dink? Some gangster was actually known by that name and he didn't go on a shoot-out for it?
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sweet for justified, love it, and even better for game of thrones, i just can't wait for that
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I wish everyone would wake up and give reality tv exactly what it deserves: a good kick in the bee-hind and eternal banishment from our daily programming. I beg of the US audiences, since you decide most of the viewing trends in this fair world, let us go back to really good tv across the board and educational and informative programs: excellent series the likes are being produced right now along with nature and history and science programs, oh my!
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I'm so glad Justified is back!! Yay!!!
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U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, baby! Need my Givens and Crowder fix!
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I wish Game of Thrones would debut earlier. I don't want to have to wait until April.
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Thanks for the mention of Steve Landesberg. Dietrich was one of the best TV characters ever. Good news about Cash Cab. I might just have a chance now. Unless it really is fake.
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Can't wait for Justified's season 2, great show so far. Anxiously awaiting Game of Thrones! Pee-wee Herman Show special great idea, but a new Pee-wee Herman Show show would be the greatest idea ever.
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