Damages Scoop: Jenna Elfman Joins Cast as Catalyst For Climactic Patty-Ellen Showdown

Sitcom vet Jenna Elfman is taking a rare dramatic detour with a recurring role on the fifth and final season of Damages.

The Dharma & Greg alum will play an investment bank employee troubled by her company’s conduct. When she approaches Channing McClaren (previously announced special guest star Ryan Phillippe), the iconoclastic founder of a WikiLeaks-type Website devoted to corporate and government transparency, it lays the foundation for the case that will pit Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) and Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) against each other.

Additionally, TVLine has learned that The Big C‘s Alexandra Socha has been cast as the daughter to Elfman’s character. And as first scooped by The Hollywood Reporter, Startacus villain John Hannah will appear in multiple episodes as an advisor to Phillippe’s Channing.

Damages‘ final season is slated to air next summer on DirecTV

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  1. Skepacabra says:

    I guess this means Patty won’t be going up against Scientology this season.

    • Nicole says:

      Heh. Ever since seeing the video of her screaming at someone ‘do you rape babies???’ because they dared to question her faith, she turns my stomach. How do loons like that continue to get work? And why isn’t it bigger news? If Charlie Sheen did that, it would be a t-shirt by now.

  2. DJF says:

    I hope Season 5 will be better than 4, which suffered from poor plotting, serious over- and under-acting (largely by Glenn Close) and a rather uninspired storyline that seemed to meander episode by episode without much in the way of development. I’ll watch Season 5, but am glad that Season 6 is not on the horizon.

  3. socalgal says:

    Last season was definitely not the best – but the worst of Damages is still better than most other shows.

  4. Mick says:

    Sounds awesome.

    I was hoping Patty would get some kind of sickness, like alzheimers and had to leave the firm to Ellen. Glenn Close would be awesome as a dying Patty Hewes. Didn’t she have a paralyzing fear of death?

    But pitting Ellen and Patty against each other sounds great too. I hope Tate Donovan can return in some capacity. Or Marcia Gay Harden!

  5. Tom says:


  6. Woody says:

    Tate Donovan can’t come back. He died in season 3.

    • Kris says:

      First off, I agree with Mick, that I’d like to see him back in some capacity. Second, Death doesn’t mean ANYTHING on Damages. Ray Fiske made appearances for 3 seasons, after dying in the first. I’ve been waiting for Patty to start dreaming about Tom.

  7. Mina says:

    Lots of grammar and spelling errors. However, damages is awesome. Nothing like the first season. Looking forward to the final fifth!

  8. Mick says:

    I know he died, but they brought back Noah Bean and Zeljko Ivanek. They also died, but still came back for guest appearances. The producers even said that if they got to bring someone back, Donovan was at the top of they’re list.

  9. Arman says:

    Is it definite that this will be the final season? No chance of renewing?

    I hated Season 4. It was so boring. No thrills, no good Patty-Ellen storyline. Season 5’s new cast and storyline seems promising but the season 3 finale was so fitting for a series finale, i kind of wish they left it that way.

  10. Lynne says:

    The previous poster’s comment is so contradictory. Anyway glad to see another strong cast join the show. Also glad this season will be the finale verses to season three’s scramble by the producers to give closure to the series. May the show go out on a emotional/impactful high note where know one dies.

  11. Kris says:

    This is not going to serve as a John Goodman replacement…not working….

  12. David says:

    If thesecomments are monitored and replies are to stay on topic, these 2 comments attacking her religion should be eliminated. Unprofessional and stupid. You gotta love people who have hate-filled opinions and have never met the person they’re so opinionated about. Pathetic.