Justified to pay tribute to Elmore Leonard

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Harlan County crime boss Boyd Crowder (played by Walton Goggins) and his 'frenemy' U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (played by Timothy Olyphant) return to television in Justified on Tuesday.

The popular TV crime drama Justified, based on Elmore Leonard's stories about U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, will pay tribute to the late author in the show's season 5 premiere Tuesday night.

ElmoreLeonard-150.jpgThe bestselling and hugely influential crime writer, whose prolific literary credits include The Big Bounce, Get Shorty, Rum Punch and Out of Sight, died at age 87 in August 2013 from complications following a stroke.

Justified, which stars Timothy Olyphant as the smooth-talking lawman with an itchy trigger finger, debuted in 2010 on FX and has gone on to become one of the most critically acclaimed shows on television. Leonard himself served as an executive producer and said the series was one of the best adaptations of his work.

Tuesday's episode will open with a 90-second segment about Leonard, which is part of a longer feature that will be included with the Season 5 DVD release, according to Justified developer Graham Yost.

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In an interview last March, before Leonard passed, Olyphant told Q host Jian Ghomeshi that he enjoyed playing Raylan Givens so much that he wouldn't mind being typecast as him for the rest of his career. He credited Leonard for creating complex, memorable characters and for being able to find the levity in dark stories about organized crime, police corruption and violent racists.

"Elmore's funny," Olyphant said. "You pick up the book, you pick up almost any Elmore Leonard book, you give me four pages and I'll find you something hilarious. He's funny. I'm really just servicing the part...[As an actor] I'm always looking for the funny. And then once you get that, you're looking for the heart underneath it."