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My drooling is justified.

I fell in lust love with “Justified” after the first episode.

It started with Timothy Olyphant as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Since then I have rented all seven seasons of “The Shield” — one of the top 10 shows of all time — and I’m now powerfully obsessed with Walton Goggins, who plays Raylan’s childhood buddy Boyd Crowder.

So, yeah. I’m psyched for “Justified” Season 2 to begin on Wednesday, February 9 at 10 p.m. on FX.

AOL’s TV Squad has joined me in lamenting the lack of awards love given to the series: “Despite being overlooked in the TV categories at the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards, the show’s first season was critically lauded. Hopefully the award-giving powers that be take notice this time around.”

True dat!

Bald: Good for Terry O'Quinn. Not so much Timothy Olyphant.

By Gina Carbone
gina_carbone@comcast.net

FX knows what is has. It has Timothy Olyphant.

It is going to milk him like the cash cow he is. It is going to make me happy.

If you’ll recall, Mr. Olyfantastic had a prominent role in the second season of “Damages” on FX.

Last Tuesday his new show, “Justified,” premiered on FX to rave reviews.

It is already one of my favorite shows.

Tonight, from 10 to 11 p.m., we get to watch episode two, “Riverbrook.”

Details: “Raylan tracks an escaped prisoner desperate to reunite with his former wife and a hidden fortune.”

Drool.

But before that episode airs, we get to watch Oly from 8 to 10 p.m. in the 2007 film “Hitman”:

“An assassin’s growing attachment to a traumatized young woman poses a threat to his life, as great as that of the Interpol and Russian agents on his trail. Based on the videogame franchise. Stars Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott, Olga Kurylenko, Robert Knepper, Ulrich Thomsen.”

I’ve never seen “Hitman” and it looks like an epic turd.

Worse: Oly is bald in it and I enjoy his pretty hair.

But we should be loyal … to “Lost” at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Seriously, though. Even if you watch “Lost” at 9 or “American Idol” from 8 to 10 (Shame on you! Stop watching until Alex Lambert comes back), remember to head back to FX for “Justified.”

I can almost guarantee you will love it.

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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