'Damages,' 'Nip/Tuck' return in January

glennclose_damages_290.jpgFX has decided not to make anyone wait for the final season of "Nip/Tuck," which along with a new season of "Damages" will hit your screens in January.

The animated series "Archer" will also premiere in January, while the new drama "Justified" and comedy "Louie" will debut in the spring.

"Nip/Tuck" is scheduled to wrap up its sixth season on Dec. 16. It will be off the air for only three weeks before the final nine episodes begin. That's a far cry from FX's original plan, announced in summer 2008, that put the series finale in 2011. Now the final episode is scheduled for March 3.

"Damages" begins its third season on Monday, Jan. 25. Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan and Ted Danson will all return to the show, and they'll be joined by Campbell Scott and Martin Short as series regulars and guest stars Keith Carradine, Lily Tomlin and Len Carion. FX isn't saying anything about the storyline for this season, but it's probably worth noting that Scott's, Tomlin's and Carion's characters all have the same last name (Tobin).

"Archer," meanwhile, will take over "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's" Thursday-night spot on Jan. 14. The animated spy comedy from "Frisky Dingo" co-creator Adam Reed features voice work from H. Jon Benjamin ("Home Movies"), Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter and Judy Greer.

"Justified" -- which used to be called "Lawman" -- will premiere in March, FX says. The series, based on an Elmore Leonard story, stars Timothy Olyphant as a U.S. marshal who's a throwback to an earlier era. "Louie," starring comedian Louis C.K., is set for a spring premiere, though FX hasn't gotten any more specific than that.

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