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Television has two fine new shows--and you've heard of Treme. What about Justified?
The attention paid to creator David Simon and his able-bodied filmmakers is certainly warranted, but I do wonder why the new Elmore Dutch Leonard-based FX series Justified is not getting similar treatment (unless a misguided review represents a consensus).
Based on half a dozen episodes, I am as impressed with the production values, writing, theme song (by T.O.N.E.Z) casting, and acting in evidence as I was initially by The Wire (which has to do, I think, with the fact that both series are riffs on crime). Producer/writer Graham Yost and his team have done a fine job of honoring a solid Leonard character, Kentucky-born and raised Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens (played by Timothy Olyphant), and surrounding him with other credible characters who can declaim the brisk Leonardian dialogue effortlessly (which is a feat as it takes skill to lift it off the page).
Here’s hoping this show has a longer life than previous Elmore Leonard-based shows (Maximum Bob and Karen Sisco).