Fans of "Justified" have a solid date to return to Harlan County: Jan. 17.
FX announced its mid-season schedule Monday, opening with the Season 3 premiere of the neo-Western "Justified" on Jan. 17. The animated spy comedy "Archer" will begin its third season two days later on Jan. 19, and will be paired with a new animated comedy called "Unsupervised."
"Justified" ended its second season with Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) going back to his illegal ways by making a play for the Bennett clan's criminal enterprises, and thus putting him in conflict with his old buddy, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). But you just can't ever tell with these guys; one minute they're fighting, the next they're doing shots together.
That's exactly the mixed signals we get from the Season 3 teasers in the video player above, and from this little tease from Goggins.
"This is a season about crossing personal lines [for] all of us," the Emmy-nominated actor told me in an email. "For Boyd it's about rebuilding his house from the ground up, brick by brick, no matter who gets in his way."
According to FX, Boyd and his crew butt up against an underworld kingpin from Detroit played by Neal McDonagh. Raylan has his own troubles, battling dirty politicians and a man called Limehouse (Mykleti Williamson). And you just know their agendas will bring have them facing off with each other. Carla Gugino also guest stars as a woman from Raylan's past. "Justified" airs at 9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 17.
FX didn't offer any hints about the new "Archer" season except to say that there will be more of the inappropriate spy's hijinks. Season 3 premieres at 9 p.m. Jan. 19.
"Unsupervised" is a new animated comedy from Rob Rosell, Scott Marder and David Hornsby, all of whom are writer-producers on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." The series is about "optimistic best friends Gary and Joel, teens who have no guidance from their parents. The voice cast includes Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Romany Malco, Kaitlin Olson and Alexa Vega, along with Rosell and Hornsby. It premieres at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 19.