So long Raylan Givens. Justified‘s UK broadcaster Channel 5 has dropped the FX drama after airing four seasons of the series on digi-channel 5USA. A C5 representative confirmed to TVWise that they had decided not to acquire any future seasons of Justified from international distribution Sony Pictures Television.
Based on the novels by Elmore Leonard and developed for television by Graham Yost, Justified follows deputy US Marshall Raylan Givens whose unconventional approach to law enforcement sees him transferred from the agency’s field office in Florida to Kentucky. The drama series is produced by FX Productions & Sony Pictures Television and stars Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts, Erica Tazel, Natalie Zea and Walton Goggins.
The news, which was first reported by The Guardian, comes shortly after the fifth season began airing state-side on FX and after the network confirmed that the series would wrap its run with its sixth season in 2015. Justified also has the distinction of becoming the latest US import to be dropped by Channel 5. The broadcaster previously dropped US series Californication, Parenthood and Once Upon A Time.
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