Prime ‘Damages’

(Above: Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in ‘Damages.’ Source: YouTube Screenshot)

Both Damages and The Closer will be available to Amazon Prime subscribers starting Sunday, July 1.

Television’s most diabolical – or is it misunderstood? – attorney is on the docket in Damages.

The series, which ran three seasons on FX (2007 to 2010) and two seasons on DirecTV’s Audience Network channel (2011 to 2012), featured Glenn Close as tough-as-nails attorney Hewes who takes protegee Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) under her wing. Patty’s motivations remain mysterious, as does her convoluted relationship with Ellen and others in both her personal and professional circles.

Damages used its signature time jumps to keep viewers guessing about plot elements, as well as the guilt and innocence of just about everyone involved.

Season one opens with the death of Ellen’s fiancé, David (Noah Bean), and her arrest for his murder. It then reverts to six months earlier, when Patty hired Ellen, a recent law graduate, to help her with a headline-grabbing class action suit against billionaire Arthur Frobisher, played by Ted Danson.

Here’s just another day at the office with Patty Hewes:

Cast regulars included Tate Donovan and Željko Ivanek.

Martin Short, William Hurt, Timothy Olyphant, Marcia Gay Harden, Campbell Scott, Lily Tomlin, Keith Carradine, Clarke Peters, Ryan Phillippe, Len Cariou and John Goodman are just some of the actors making substantial guest star appearances over the series 59-episode run.

The Closer

Also on July 1, Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to access another show with a strong female lead.

The Closer, which ran seven seasons on TNT (2005 to 2012), starred Kyra Sedgwick as LA Deputy Police Department Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. A transplant from Atlanta, Georgia, Johnson’s specialty as “the closer” is to get confessions that lead to convictions.

The cast included J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett, Jon Tenney and G.W. Bailey.

The show led to the TNT spinoff, Major Crimes, which is still running on TNT.

If you’re not an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can purchase individual episodes of Damages and The Closer from Amazon for $2.99. Complete seasons are also available for purchase.

Amazon Prime recently increased its monthly subscription rate to $12.99 a month.  The annual plan was just raised to $119.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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