'Nip/Tuck,' 'Damages' get return dates

Julianmcmahon_dylanwalsh_niptuck_290 "Nip/Tuck" will start cutting again in mid-October, and the third season of "Damages" will be back on the air early next year.

That news comes courtesy of the FX executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday (Aug. 7). "Nip/Tuck" will open its sixth season on Wednesday, Oct. 14 and run for 10 episodes, which will take the show into December; the final nine episodes will likely air sometime next year. (FX had previously said the show would be back in October but hadn't set a specific date.)

"Nip/Tuck" will join a fall schedule that also includes "Sons of Anarchy," which premieres Tuesday, Sept. 8, and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," which begins its new season Thursday, Sept. 17. The new animated series "Archer" will also premiere in the fall, probably pairing with "It's Always Sunny" on Thursdays, though the network doesn't have a date yet.

"Damages," meanwhile, will kick off its third season of legal intrigue in January 2010. FX president and general manager says the show will be announcing some "really interesting" additions to the cast in the next few weeks. "I don't think anyone in this room would guess who they're thinking of," he teased.

It will be followed in the spring by the new series "Lawman," starring Timothy Olyphant as a U.S. marshal, and season six of "Rescue Me" in the late spring or summer of 2010. FX picked up 18 episodes of "Rescue Me" in February, and Landgraf says there's a possibility of adding a few more.

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