February 7, 2011

WHEN WEDNESDAY COMES:

'Justified' Brings Back Raylan Givens, Another Working-Class Man From FX (Eric Deggans, 2/07/11, NPR)

[Raylan] Givens is a modern-day U.S. marshal with the soul of a sheriff from the old west. He's as crafty, streetwise and smart as you might imagine. Created by novelist Elmore Leonard, bred in eastern Kentucky, Givens represents an interesting trend on FX: smart, emotionally complex working-class heroes.

He's the opposite of the stereotypes we're often fed about working-class men on television. Sent to work his Kentucky hometown after killing one too many suspects in Miami, Givens kicks off this season struggling to rebuild his reputation with his work family and rekindle a relationship with his ex-wife.

In Givens' world, catching the bad guys and winning shootouts is the easy part. Mastering his life and the unpredictable moves of those he loves most; that's what keeps him up at night.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at February 7, 2011 7:05 AM
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