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Justified: U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens Makes a Strong First Impression

With FX's Justified: City Primeval hitting this year, a look back at our first introduction to Timothy Olyphant's U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens.

This past March 16th marked 13 years since viewers were first introduced to Timothy Olyphant's U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in "Fire in the Hole" (directed by Michael Dinner from a teleplay by  Graham Yost), with FX's Peabody Award-winning & Emmy-nominated Justified going on to run for six seasons. Later this year, Olyphant's Givens will be making his long-awaited return in Dave Andron & Michael Dinner and FX Network's Justified: City Primeval. Previously, we had a chance to check out some preview images spotlighting not just Givens but also Boyd Holbrook's Clement Mansell, aka "The Oklahoma Wildman." But for this update, we're taking a trip back in time as FX Networks reintroduces us to Olyphant's lawman with a look back at the opening scene of the series premiere.

Image: FX Networks Screencap

Here's a look back at that eye-opening opener to "Fire in the Hole," followed by a look back at what we know so far about FX Network's Justified: City Primeval (expected to hit screens this summer):

Inspired by Elmore Leonard's City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit, the series return finds Raylan Givens (Olyphant) having left the hollers of Kentucky eight years ago and now living in Miami, a walking anachronism balancing his life as a U.S. Marshal and part-time father of a 14-year-old girl. His hair is grayer, his hat is dirtier, and the road in front of him is suddenly a lot shorter than the road behind. A chance encounter on a desolate Florida highway sends him to Detroit. There he crosses paths with Clement Mansell, aka "The Oklahoma Wildman," a violent, sociopathic desperado who's already slipped through the fingers of Detroit's finest once and aims to do so again. Mansell's lawyer, formidable Motor City native Carolyn Wilder, has every intention of representing her client, even as she finds herself caught in between cop and criminal, with her own game afoot as well. These three characters set out on a collision course in classic Leonard fashion to see who makes it out of the "City Primeval" alive. Now, here's a look at that "Coming Soon" trailer released by FX Networks:

Along with Olyphant, the FX limited series Justified: City Primeval also stars Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard), Boyd Holbrook (The Premise), Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby), Vondie Curtis Hall (Harriet), Marin Ireland (Y: The Last Man), Ravi Patel (The Valet, Meet the Patels), Norbert Leo Butz (Bloodline), Victor Williams (The Good Lord Bird), and Vivian Olyphant. Dave Andron & Michael Dinner will write, executive produce & serve as showrunners (with Dinner directing). Produced by Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions, Olyphant, Graham Yost, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Peter Leonard, Taylor Elmore (writer), and Chris Provenzano (writer) executive produce. Walter Mosley serves as a consulting producer, with V.J. Boyd, Eisa Davis, and Ingrid Escajeda also writing the series.

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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