Damages is taking a big page from the Law & Order playbook.
The Glenn Close-starring drama is tackling a "ripped from the headlines" story as season three starts tonight on FX.
In this cycle's case, Patty Hewes and Associates is tapped to represent the thousands of people who fell victim to a multibillion-dollar Wall Street investment fraud. Sound familiar? So who's involved and what does it mean for our favorite legal antiheroine? Here's what we can tell you:
Let's just say the Ponzi Tobin family—played by the likes of Campbell Scott, 24's Reiko Aylesworth and Lily Tomlin—has quite a bit in common with the Madoffs.
Close, for one, totally digs tackling such a topical issue.
"It's really interesting. It will make people very interested in what our writers do with the subject," she told us at a bash honoring the show's season-two DVD release. "The fact that they're exploring the family dynamic and the family politics is so cool."
Yeah, Glenn Close totally said cool.
And while she insists "definitely the Tobins are not the Madoffs," she thinks this season, which also features Martin Short in the dauntingly superserious part of the Tobin family attorney, could top the previous two.
"Not to disparage the others, I just think the writers have reached an amazing level. It's almost like they've reached their stride," she said.
Want a few other juicy bits on season three? Read on!
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