FX Assesses "Damages," New Glenn Close Series, for July Premiere; "Rescue Me" Fires Up June

News   FX Assesses "Damages," New Glenn Close Series, for July Premiere; "Rescue Me" Fires Up June FX has announced July 24 as the premiere of the upcoming new series "Damages," headed by Glenn Close with stage stars Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan and Zeljko Ivanek.

Allen Coulter directs the pilot of the drama from Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman. The show will air Tuesdays at 10 PM (with additional broadcasts throughout the week).

Close returns to the cable network — where she appeared in the cop drama "The Shield" — as a high-stakes litigator. Byrne (La Dispute - Sydney Theatre Company, "Wicker Park"), Donovan (Rabbit Hole - Geffen Playhouse, Lobby Hero, "The O.C.") and Ivanek (The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, The Pillowman, "Oz") co-star along with Ted Danson.

Among stage folk who will appear in the New York-filmed series are Tom Aldredge, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Philip Bosco, David Costabile, Maya Days, Kevin Isola, Michael Nouri, Saundra Santiago and Miriam Shor.

Close won Tony Awards for her performances in Sunset Boulevard, Death and the Maiden and The Real Thing. The actress, known for such movies as "Fatal Attraction," "Dangerous Liaisons" and the Mel Gibson "Hamlet," also appeared onstage in The Play What I Wrote, Benefactors, The Crucifer of Blood, Rex and Barnum — for which she earned her first Tony nomination. She starred in TV versions of South Pacific (opposite Harry Connick, Jr. in 2001) and The Lion in Winter (with Patrick Stewart in 2003).

In other FX news, the network has renewed "The Riches" (starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver) and "Dirt" (with Courteney Cox) for a second season. And the returning Denis Leary series "Rescue Me" will debut its fourth season June 13 and continue to air Wednesdays at 10 PM. Created by Leary with Peter Tolan, "Rescue Me" has borrowed talents from the stage, including series regulars Daniel Sunjata (Take Me Out) and Steven Pasquale (A Soldier's Play, A Man of No Importance).

The New York-set, New York-shot show has also provided TV gigs for many other theatre veterans, including Michael Mulheren (The Boy from Oz), Charles Durning (Gore Vidal's The Best Man), Tatum O'Neal (A Terrible Beauty) Callie Thorne (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot), Marisa Tomei (Salome, Wait Until Dark), Susan Sarandon (The Guys, The Exonerated), Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed), Gerry Bamman (Nixon's Nixon), Bryan Batt (La Cage aux Folles), Kaitlin Hopkins (The Great American Trailer Park Musical), Ashlie Atkinson (Fat Pig), Mireille Enos (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf), Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent), Rosemarie DeWitt (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea), Kate Burton (The Constant Wife) and Portia (Our Lady of 121st Street, McReele).

Behind the camera, Jace Alexander (original cast member of Assassins) has served as a director for a number of episodes. Playwright Stephen Belber (Match, McReele) has also lent his pen to the series as a writer.

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