Although its intentions were clear on Friday, today FX made it official: The network has renewed its celebrated neo-Western Justified for a 13-episode third season.
"Justified was a critically acclaimed hit series in its first season, but the show has far surpassed our expectations this season," FX Networks President John Landgraf said in a statement. "Creatively, the show is on a roll. The performances of Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Margo Martindale and the entire cast are extraordinary. Graham Yost and his team of writers are delivering some of the richest stories anywhere on TV and are doing a brilliant job of being true to Elmore Leonard's original character, Raylan Givens. We couldn't be more proud of the work everyone has done."
Based on the protagonist from Leonard’s novels Pronto and Riding the Rap and the short story “Fire in the Hole,” the series centers on Raylan Givens (Deadwood's 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. Six episodes remain in the show's second season, which finds Raylan dealing with the criminals attempting to fill the void in Harlan County left by the death of drug kingpin Bo Crowder.
Justified averages 3.9 million viewers in its second season, up 15 percent from Season 1. The series airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.