FX Renews Justified for Season 4

Raylan Novel CoverLooks like fans of everyone’s favorite trigger-happy U.S. Deputy Marshall is going to be smiling a little bit wider today: the FX Network has announced a fourth season for their modern Western “Justified”, starring Timothy Olyphant as a slick lawman battling country criminals and slick city gangsters on a weekly basis.

FX has ordered 13 episodes of “Justified” Season 4, currently in the midst of another incredible season, this time pitting Raylan Givens against a smooth-talking but ferociously murderous Detroit operator played by “Band of Brothers” and “Captain America’s” Neal McDonough, taking a turn for the very bad. Things have gotten testy between the two in recent episodes, and tonight’s “Watching the Detectives” finds Raylan under the gun from not just the bad guys, but also his own people.

Nick Grad of FX had this to say about the not-so-surprising renewal:

Justified is one of television’s best series and this season has reinforced that excellence. [Creator and showrunner] Graham Yost and his writing team continue to deliver compelling material and richly drawn characters brought to life by the brilliance of Timothy Olyphant and our terrific ensemble cast. Their work is validated by universal acclaim, awards, and ratings that have grown every year. We look forward to many more seasons to come.

“Justified” is based on the short story “Fire in the Hole” by Elmore Leonard, who continues to immerse himself in the Raylan universe with an all-new book about the exploits of its hero, Raylan Givens, titled, simply enough, “Raylan”.

Here’s a preview of tonight’s “Justified”, episode 2.08, “Watching the Detectives”: