Tall drink of water. Yes, have some.

By Gina Carbone
gina_carbone@comcast.net

Timothy Olyphant. If ever there were two words that deserved the Facebook “Like”  check…

I watched Tim (Olyphat? Olyphoxy? Do we have an appropriate nickname yet?) as lawman Seth Bullock on “Deadwood.”

I saw him as not-quite-lawman-but-still-sexy Wes on “Damages.”

I saw him as the sexiest sheriff alive, opposite the sexiest deputy sheriff alive, in “The Crazies.”

And now Olyphine (how about that?) is playing U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in the new hour-long crime drama “Justified,” which just premiered Tuesday night on FX.

“Justified” is based on the Elmore Leonard (“Get Shorty,” “Out of Sight”) short story “Fire in the Hole.”

I watch “Damages” religiously and the second I saw the preview for “Justified” I knew it would be on my must list.

The gritty look of the rural American South (Harlan, Kentucky to be exact). The confident cool dialogue from the tightly coiled Raylan. The badass way Raylan wears his cowboy hat.

Yeah, I’m down for this weekly shot of Southern comfort.

The first episode did not disappoint, although I’m hoping all of the characters are given a lot more depth — especially the “bad guys.”

Right now we have a bunch of classic stupid/evil white supremacists, led by Raylan’s former coal digging partner, Boyd (Walton Goggins), whose brother was just killed by sweet blonde Ava (Joelle Carter) who happened to be married to that brother, who happened to be a nasty wife beater.

We also briefly meet Raylan’s ex-wife, Winona (Natalie Zea of “Dirty Sexy Money”) and hear repeated mention of his father, who is apparently a badass of a very different sort.

But I’m not too worried. I think “Justified” is going to have more than enough time to flesh out the characters while continuing to keep up the “High Noon” style shootouts that leave Raylan insisting his actions were “justified.”

Bonus: The first episode started in Miami with one of those shootouts, featuring Peter Greene of “The Usual Suspects” and “Pulp Fiction.”

Perfect.

Just the fact that they knew to cast the striking ugly/sexy villain in such a key cameo highlights the show’s cool, confident tone.

They know what they are doing and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

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