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DirecTV saves 'Damages'

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  July 19, 2010 05:29 PM

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An interesting development in the "Damages" saga. The show, which FX canceled and which recently won a slew of Emmy nominations, will return to small screens after all -- but you have to have DirecTV to see it. The satellite provider has signed an agreement with Sony Pictures Television to air fourth and fifth seasons of the Glenn Close legal drama exclusively. Each of those seasons will have 10 episodes.

DirecTV is taking an unusual path to prominence -- as the Savior. The company essentially saved "Friday Night Lights" by agreeing to pay half the costs to air each season ahead of NBC. Now, DirecTV is saving "Damages" all by itself, without splitting anything with anyone. Talk about building good feeling among TV lovers... DirecTV must have some shrewd programmers and PR people, assuming all this saving business pays off in the long run. The service has been getting positive press for its rescue missions for a few years now.

"We’re excited to partner with Sony Pictures Television as we breathe new life into this outstanding drama," Patty Ishimoto of DirecTV's 101 Network said in a statement. "It’s a win for our customers because only they will be able to see these new episodes and another great step forward for DirecTV as we continue to build our growing portfolio of exclusive, award winning programming."

So if you're a "Damages" fanatic, you may have to start getting DirecTV. Or wait until the DVDs come out.


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