Exclusive: Justified Adds Carla Gugino as a Blast from Raylan's Past

Things just got even hotter in Harlan County.

Carla Gugino, whose resume includes the big screen’s Sin City and Watchmen and TV’s Entourage and Californication, is saddling up for a recurring run on FX’s Justified, TVLine has learned exclusively.

In Season 3 of the acclaimed drama, Gugino will play Karen Goodall, a Washington, D.C.-based assistant director of the U.S. Marshals Service who used to work with Raylan back in Miami — and as such shares a history with our favorite trigger-happy lawman.

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Goodall, who is twice-divorced and described as “tough, smart and funny,” comes to Kentucky to help safeguard hidden witnesses who have become vulnerable after the murder of a U.S. Marshal.

Gugino’s TV credits also include the short-lived Karen Sisco — which like Justified was based on an Elmore Leonard character — Spin City and Chicago Hope.

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Gugino’s casting comes on the heels of Boomtown alumni Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson boarding Justified as new villains. The FX drama will kick off its third season in early 2012, likely in February or March.