Lawman, the upcoming FX drama series starring Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood, Damages), has already been dubbed possibly one of the best shows of 2010 by EW’s Ken Tucker. And after seeing the scene below, we’re on board. Olyphant plays U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, described by FX as “a modern day 19th century-style lawman, enforcing his brand of justice in a way that puts a target on his back with criminals and places him at odds with his bosses in the Marshal service.” He ends up reassigned to the district that includes his rural Kentucky hometown. The network ordered 13 episodes of the show, which will be exec produced by Boomtown‘s Graham Yost, Kidnapped‘s Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly, Karen Sisco‘s Michael Dinner, and Elmore Leonard, who created the character in his short story Fire in the Hole.
For me, Olyphant is at his best when he’s playing a soft-spoken character, like this one, who’s in control of his emotions. Why? Because even in the calmest, quietest scenes, where his voice lulls you to that comfy position on your couch, he has those eyes that make it impossible to know what he’ll do next.* And that’s good TV.
* Also impossible to tell if he’s lying when he corrects the common pronunciation of Bulgaria.