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FX orders new series starring Timothy Olyphant

July 28, 2009 |  2:01 pm


FX has ordered 13 episodes of "Lawman," a new drama series starring Timothy Olyphant.

In "Lawman," Olyphant will play Raylan Givens, a modern day 19th century-style U.S. marshal whose particular brand of old-school justice makes him a target for criminals and places him at odds with his bosses. As a result, he's reassigned to the rural Kentucky town where he grew up. Givens is based on the main character in Elmore Leonard's short story "Fire in the Hole."

"Lawman" comes from "Boomtown" creator Graham Yost, who wrote the pilot episode and will executive produce along with Leonard, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Dinner. Dinner also directed the pilot.

FX will premiere the series in spring 2010.

In making the announcement, FX President and General Manager John Landgraf said, "Graham began with a memorable character from one of America's foremost crime novelists, Elmore Leonard, and we scored the hat trick signing Tim Olyphant."

Olyphant recently starred in the second season of the network's legal thriller "Damages."

Nick Searcy, Jacob Pitts and Erica Tazel co-star. Guest stars include Walton Goggins, Joelle Carter and Natalie Zea.

-- Denise Martin

Photo credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times