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Created by Graham Yost and based on the protagonist from Elmore Leonard’s novels Pronto and Riding the Rap and the short story “Fire in the Hole,” Justified centers on Raylan Givens (Deadwood‘s Timothy Olyphant), a no-nonsense, Stetson-wearing U.S. marshal who’s reassigned to his native Eastern Kentucky after killing a gun thug in a Miami hotel.
“There are many reasons all of us on Justified are grateful to get a chance to do another season,” Yost said in a statement. “We get to do more work with amazing actors, writers, producers, directors, musicians, editors and a jaw-droppingly talented crew. We get to keep doing a show that appeals to a wide demographic: people in Harlan, retired US Marshals, criminals (we honestly did hear that), and, most happily, our guide, our muse, Elmore Leonard. Best of all, we get to keep doing a show on FX (and while that may sound like craven ass-kissing, when you look at their roster, you can’t help but feel grateful to be on that list).”
The first seven episodes of Season 3 have averaged 4.3 million viewers, an 8 percent increase from the second season. Justified airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.