Damages: Season 4 - What to expect
Story by Jack Foley
GLENN Kessler, Todd A. Kessler and Daniel Zelman, the co-creators of acclaimed legal drama Damages, have been speaking about what to expect from the forthcoming fourth season now that it’s moved from FX to DirecTV in the US.
First and foremost, the lack of adverts and restrictions upon content means longer episodes, greater character development and racier language and sexual content.
The relationship between Rose Byrne’s Ellen and Glenn Close’s Patty will also continue to form a focal point, building to a point that sets things in motion for the fifth – and possibly final – season.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kessler elaborates: “As we enter the fourth season, Ellen is really out in the world, interested in trying to make a name for herself. This season is about whether she will be able to do that.
“The fifth season, and our move to a potential ending of the whole series, will really revolve around that. Will Patty crush her as a mentee or will she provide her resources and mentor her so that the next generation can actually flourish?
“We have several different models that are in our minds for how that ends and whether there’s a negative resolution or a positive resolution.”
The fourth season will also revolve around the military and private contracting as part of its main legal story, which means a departure from CEOs and white-collar criminals.
The lack of restriction on language also means that military officials will be allowed to talk like military officials.
And incoming cast members include John Goodman, Dylan Baker, Chris Messina, Judd Hirsch, Fisher Stevens and Tom Noonan.
Asked whether viewers could expect a resolution of the main case, so as not to leave them disappointed, or whether the serialised nature of the show was becoming a turn off format (as FX suggested when letting Damages go), Kessler retorted: “I think an audience is confident based on the first three seasons that they can watch this show and get closure. They know that if they do invest in the show, the mystery will be solved by the end of the season.
“I see the broadcast world as a menu. There are people who enjoy a procedural. By the end of the hour, they know it’s all over. There are people who are interested in investing in a story that takes an entire season to tell. And then there are people who are interested in investing in a show like Lost, which is five, six or seven seasons and doesn’t necessarily provide closure at the end. So I don’t think that we’re worried. We’re providing a very specific kind of programming, and it appeals to some demographics and not to others.”
Damages: Season 4 begins to air on US TV from July 13.
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