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'Justified' star Timothy Olyphant: 'Going home isn't as easy as it sounds' [Video]

April 18, 2011 |  1:34 pm

Justified"Justified" was robbed at the Emmys last year. Many of us kudo-watchers believed it would receive nominations for TV drama series and lead actor Timothy Olyphant, but it was snubbed. Don't make the mistake of writing "Justified" off this year, however. Sometimes TV series take a while to get on Emmy voters' radar, and this program, most TV critics agree, got even better in Season 2. Peabody Awards voters recognized that and just gave it a top prize.

One of the chief differences this season is the attitude of its protagonist: U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, as played by Olyphant. As the series began in 2010, he was booted from the police force in Miami and reassigned to his childhood town in poor, dreary Kentucky. He rebelled at first, yearning to break free from the gothic ghosts of his youth, but he had a curious change of heart in in the second season, even hooking up again with his ex-wife.

"Sometimes going home is just not as easy as it sounds," Olyphant said in our webcam chat. He recalled what the creators of "Justified" pondered while weighing what might happen: "What if, at this point in our story, Raylan wants to be here? And then what that leads to is –- what makes that difficult? There's no drama, there's no show if it's not difficult." Check out more of his comments below.

-- Tom O'Neil


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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Timothy Olyphant in "Justified." Credit: FX