08 Apr '11, 5pm

FX’s ‘Justified’ features mountaintop-removal mining controversy

FX’s ‘Justified’ features mountaintop-removal mining controversy

One of the best new shows to hit TV in years is Justified , on FX. For one thing, it's got one of my favorite actors, Timothy Olyphant , doing a variation on the strong, silent, badass type he played in Deadwood -- this time as a U.S. marshal. Timothy Olyphant on FX's Justified . Justified is about a culture that is virtually absent from national popular entertainment: Appalachia. It's set in Harlan County, Ky., and portrays the hardscrabble life there with a degree of empathy that surprised me when I first watched. (The entertainment industry is not known for its sensitivity to Southern culture.) Much to my delight, the latest plot line is about a mountaintop-removal coal company trying to buy up land and the battles (both legal and illegal) it sets off. There's an underground coal mine in Harlan -- Olyphant's marshal grew up working in it -- but now the company wants to ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-04-08-fxs-justified-featur...

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