'Damages' Season 5 Premiere Date Revealed

Final Season Of 'Damages' Gets July Premiere

The fifth and final season of "Damages" will premiere in July. Glenn Close and Rose Byrne return for a 10-episode Season 5 debuting Wed., July 11 at 9 p.m. ET on DirecTV's Audience Network.

Ryan Phillippe will be joining Close and Byrne for Season 5 as a series regular. Jenna Elfman, Janet McTeer, John Hannah, Chris Messina, Judd Hirsch, M. Emmett Walsh, Victor Garber, William Sadler, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Gillian Alexy and Zachary Booth are all slated to guest star.

According to DirecTV, the final season "centers on the timely and controversial subject of government and corporate transparency, focusing on how the ever-changing digital landscape shapes the way in which information is obtained and shared."

The final "Damages" case will see Patty Hewes (Close) go up against Ellen Parsons (Byrne) for a final showdown in court. The full -- and tiny bit spoliery -- season description is below.

Channing McClaren (Phillippe) is a computer expert and the iconoclastic founder of a website, McClarenTruth.org, devoted to government and corporate transparency. When McClaren is approached by Naomi Walling (Elfman), an investment bank employee troubled by her company’s conduct with insider information, it lays the foundation for the case that will finally pit Patty and Ellen against one another. In an attempt to triumph over her former mentor, Ellen hires Kate Franklin (McTeer), a one time colleague of Patty’s who is all too familiar with how she operates, but whose loyalty could be called into question. Adding to the turmoil surrounding the case is Rutger Simon (John Hannah), the chief lieutenant and gatekeeper for McClaren. As the series builds to its electrifying conclusion, far more than the verdict is at stake for everyone involved.

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