Showing no signs of a sophomore slump, Damages returns tonight as the creators of the legal drama intensify their intricate thriller.
Emmy winner Glenn Close is back in the hot seat as big-time litigator Patty Hewes. After defeating billionaire Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), the steely Hewes plunges into a new battle, weathers personal anguish and finds a vast conspiracy.
Patty's protege, Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), seethes over Frobisher, blaming him for her fiance's slaying. Ellen also has become an FBI informant to take down Patty, and no wonder: Patty put out a hit on Ellen.
The series adds some fresh faces as well, with Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood) as a mystery man infatuated with Ellen and Marcia Gay Harden as an attorney as conflicted as Patty. (10 p.m., FX)
Pest control: : Wondering just what goes on in the world of Louisiana's "premiere extermination family," as the Bretherton clan is billed by A&E;? Tune into the new reality show The Exterminators as they rescue clients bedeviled by the likes of ant colonies, snakes, thousands of bats in a stadium and a pet-eating bobcat. (10:30 p.m. A&E;)
The envelope please ... : : Popularity counts on The 35th annual People's Choice Awards as the fans fete their favorites in television, movies and music. Queen Latifah, a nominee for "favorite leading lady," hosts the gala. (9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13)
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