26 July 2007


Glenn Close ought to be on TV often. Because there aren't enough women antagonists (read: bitches) that I can root for the way I did with Sherry Palmer (24).

Glenn Close stars in this new FX summer series, Damages. The show is described as something akin to The Firm, a legal thriller that interestingly enough, will hardly take place inside the courtroom or deal with how cases are tried, if at all. From the looks of it, Damages seems to be more character-centric than anything else.

And FX Network delivers yet another TV show with an ambiguous theme --- strong characters with questionable morals.

The pilot episode opens with a pretty, young woman, Ellen, emerging from a posh apartment, half naked, covered in some blood and in a daze. We see her next at the police station and then we get a flashback to how she lived six months earlier.

Ellen (played by Rose Byrne) is a lawyer with tons of potential, who has just landed a job at a prestigious firm --- a job she declined because she was waiting to hear from another job interview with Patty Hewes (played by Glenn Close). Hewes, by the way, is portrayed as the Miranda Priestly of Litigation. Hewes is a top litigator whose firm currently handles the biggest class action lawsuit of the year. As the story unfolds, we learn that the lawsuit by Hewes' firm is against a billionaire (played Ted Danson). And viewers are soon treated to a web of stories, with Ellen as the key to the whole thing; and her boss, her job at Hewes' firm isn't all she hoped it would be.

The initial episode has already earmarked Glenn Close as the bad guy (gal) among other bad guys (them lawyers heh!). That is pretty clear and simple enough.

But nothing in this 13-episode series will actually appear to be very simple.

If anything, one should expect more lies, manipulation and deception.

And of course, more of Glenn Close on TV.

Damages airs Tuesdays at 10 on FX.