In 2008, this series and Mad Men became the first basic-cable shows nominated in the Best Drama Series category at the Emmys.
Uncle Pete refers to every day above ground being a "Pyyrhic victory". Ancient Greek king Pyrrhus of Epirus defeated the Romans at Heralcea in 280 b.c., but at the cost of a great number of his own troops. Afterward, he is said to have remarked, "Another such victory would be the end of me", hence the expression ascribed to any victory or benefit gained at great personal expense.
Glenn Close signed up for 3 seasons even before shooting the first.
In Season 4, a marketplace scene in Kandahar, Afghanistan was shot in an old cement factory in Brooklyn, NY, and includes old Soviet-era cars.
Each season is inspired by real events. Season 1 is based on the 2001 Enron scandal. Season 2 was based on the 2001 California Energy Crisis. Season 3 was inspired by the 2009 Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme. Season 4 is loosely based on the private military company Blackwater. The fifth and final season will be based on WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.
The office of Hewes and Associates is located near the corner of Bowery and East Houston Street, based on a map shown at the end of the episode.
Patty Hewes' apartment is in New York City located on W. 17th St. at 7th Ave.
This is the first time actress Janet McTeer appeared in an American television series. She joined the cast in season 5. She had appeared earlier opposite Glenn Close in the feature film Albert Nobbs (2011).
Although never mentioned in the show, Patty's law firm "Hewes and Associates" has been around since 1992, according to the show's advertisements.
Tate Donovon, who played Thomas Shayes on the show, also directed a few episodes.
Lily Tomlin was a huge fan of the show, so much that when she was at an art exhibit and bumped into Todd A. Kessler, one of Damages' creators and executive producers, she grilled him for information about upcoming plot twists. Todd kept Lily in mind and later casted her for the role of Marilyn Tobin in season 3.
The show is known for casting comedians, or actors that work in that genre, such as Ted Danson, Martin Short, Lily Tomlin, Garret Dillahunt, Darrell Hammond, John Goodman, Judd Hirsch, and Jenna Elfman.
Every episode title is a line of dialogue spoken by a character in the episode.
Actors on the show have little time to prepare as they are given their scripts a few days sometimes hours before filming. Glenn Close herself has described this style of filming as "challenging, but a great exercise."
The infamous green coat that Ellen wore when she was attacked, is a custom made trench coat made from the "Damages" costume team; only one was made.
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To prepare for their roles, Glenn Close, Rose Byrne and Tate Donovon met with corporate lawyers based in New York.
In preparation for his role, the producers asked Ted Danson to meet with CEOs of Fortune 500 corporations and watch documentaries such as Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, which examines the collapse of Enron.
The show's creators were hesitant to hire Anastasia Griffith for the role of Katie Connor because they were concerned about a Brit playing an American, especially since Australian actress Rose Byrne had already signed on. "To put their fears at rest", Griffith addressed the producers in an American accent from beginning to end of the audition. After being cast, Griffith and Byrne visited New York University dialect coach Deborah Hecht to perfect their accents.
For the fifth season cast, Ryan Phillippe initially wasn't too interested in doing Damages, but on a phone call with producers he changed his mind after being told his character was modeled after Julian Assange, with whom Phillippe was fascinated with. He had also been following the Wiki Leaks scandal for a long period of time.
For the fourth season cast, producers initially considered actors like Edward Burns and Wentworth Miller for the role of Howard T. Erickson because they were closer in age/physique to Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater whom the season was based on. John Goodman stressed his availability and the role was tailored to suit his style.
'Chris Messina' at his first casting call, refused to play a Republican or a lawyer on the show because he was repeatedly cast in such roles beforehand. He was awarded the role of PTSD-plagued Chris Sanchez in season four, and went through considerable preparation for the role. He would stay awake and not sleep, and right before filming, drink two Red Bulls.
Initially in the second season, the producers wanted to cast one actor to create a love triangle involving Patty and Ellen. They ultimately went with two separate actors; Timothy Olyphant and William Hurt.
The title sequence depicts images of New York City sculptures, including "The Glory of Commerce" atop Grand Central Terminal, "Civic Fame" atop the Manhattan Municipal Building, and "Asia" in front of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. The frieze of the New York County Supreme Court Building is also shown, inscribed with a quote from George Washington, "The true administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good government."
Damages was canceled after season 3 had aired in early 2010 by FX Networks, due to the low ratings and high costs of each episode. In July of the same year, Sony Pictures Television reached an agreement with DirecTV to save the series and produce two new seasons.
The pilot, which premiered on July 24, 2007, drew 3.7 million viewers on its initial commercial-free airing and became the most-watched basic cable show of the night.
Actress 'Kristin Bell (I)''s favorite TV show. She once checked into a hotel with the alias Holly Frobisher, the wife of Arthur Frobisher (as played by Ted Danson). Kristin Bell met Danson at the same hotel and he told her that he was flattered that she used his character's name.