Although other critically acclaimed series like "Terriers" and "Lights Out" have hit the mat, FX still has big plans for "Justified."
Deadline broke the story that "Justified" has been given an early renewal for a third season by FX. The series will return with 13 new episodes in 2012.
“’Justified’ was a critically acclaimed hit series in its first season, but the show has far surpassed our expectations this season,” said FX President John Landgraf. “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.”
The series was inspired by the Elemore Leonard character, Raylan Givens, a U.S. Marshal who appeared in the short story "Fire In The Hole" and the novels "Pronto," and "Riding The Rap." Timothy Olyphant stars as Givens, with Walton Goggins as his long time adversary, Boyd Crowder.
Nick Searcy, Natalie Zea, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts and Erica Tazel co-star in the series, which has picked up steam through the first half of the second season. "Justified" is currently averaging nearly 4 million viewers per first run episode, an 18% increase from the first season. "Justified" also has an audience of over 7 million when the multiple airings per week are combined.
There are six episodes left within the current season of "Justified," which finds Givens at odds with the Bennett clan, led by Margo Martindale’s Mags Bennett. Mags appears to be filling the underworld void in Harlan County left by the death of Bo Crowder in the first season. The second season finale of "Justified" will air on Thursday, May 4.
FX is also reportedly close to renewing its animated spy comedy, "Archer."