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By admin Published: July 13, 2011

Some posts ago I indicated I would write something at length about the season premieres of "Rescue Me" and "Damages." Various time-management issues have kept me from dipping into "Rescue Me," so that will have to wait. Just be aware that, as I indicated in a print column today, the final run begins tonight. As does "Damages," which for its fourth season is currently available only if you have DirecTV.

As I said in print today, you should also be aware that the DirecTV approachis somewhat different from the FX version; the content is a bit rawer, and the cast in the early going does not boast as many name actors as the previous seasons. And DirecTV’s commercial-free telecasts make room for more content in each episode.

The new season picks up about three years after the end of the previous one. A big case involves a private military contractor (John Goodman) who is on Ellen’s radar.

I have to say that I am not a real fan of "Damages," whose plotting absurdities overwhelmed my often considerable admiration fot the cast. But even by my limited standards, the first couple of episodes of the fourth season seemed slow and unnecessarily convoluted. There were some intriguing moments, as when Patty deals with the upbringing of her granddaughter, but also a lot of dead air.

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