Tomorrow, Tuesday March 16th at 10 PM (ET/PT), marks the premiere of the crime drama Justified on FX Networks. Based in part on the novella Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard, the series stars Timothy Olyphant as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a true-blue hero and something of a throwback, given to wearing a Stetson and cowboy boots, carrying his sidearm in a hip holster – a weapon he only draws when he has to, and when he does, he shoots to kill, because, as he sees it, that’s the purpose of a gun. (Fire in the Hole most recently appeared in the collection When the Women Come Out to Dance: Stories by Elmore Leonard.)
In the premiere episode, also titled "Fire in the Hole", Raylan Givens enforces the law his way in his Kentucky hometown, where he's exiled after killing a gun thug under questionable circumstances in Miami. "It was justified," Raylan insists. Raylan's first order of business: a white-supremacist (Walton Goggins) with whom he once mined coal, who's suspected of robbing banks and blowing up a black church.
A profile of Elmore Leonard on the Justified website says the author is writing a fresh Raylan Givens story. “I can pick up Raylan’s story anywhere,” he said. “It’s like visiting with an old friend.”
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