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'Damages' returns tonight: Who else is excited?

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Damages comes back tonight! Woohoo! The rich, suspenseful legal thriller is one of my favorites, and not just because Glenn Close kicks so much ass as queen bee (and bee-yotch) Patty Hewes. Also because Damages has the best, most against-type supporting cast. Ted Danson’s performance as bad guy Arthur Frobisher is one of my favorite TV surprises ever — I never expected Sam Malone to be such a perfectly nuanced villain. Darrell Hammond’s creepy assassin dude was another interesting departure, and William Hurt’s slippery scientist had me guessing all season long. This time we’re in for some more A-listers, but I’m particularly jazzed for the comedic-turned-dramatic stars Lily Tomlin and Martin Short.

My one concern is the central case of the season: It’s about a Louis Tobin (Len Cariou), a Bernie Madoff-esque greedy financier. If any show can make me interested in finance, it’s Damages, but it’s an uphill battle. I can’t be the only one who’s Madoff-ed out, am I?

Still, some hesitation about the case can’t dull my enthusiasm for the show. Other than Patty and Ellen, who do you love on Damages, PopWatchers?

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