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Elmore Leonard: Will his death impact 'Justified'?

Author Elmore Leonard, 86, during an interview at

Author Elmore Leonard, 86, during an interview at his home in Bloomfield Township, Mich. (Sept. 17, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Speaking of cars (see my previous post earlier today), Detroit's greatest writer and one of crime fiction's greatest craftsmen, too,  Elmore Leonard, has died at 87. He had been hospitalized a week ago after a stroke.

From a TV perspective -- for this is a TV blog -- Leonard's impact on the medium is profound, even if he only sparely wrote for the medium and of course created "Justified." That lean, hard, laconic style was born for the small screen, and anticipated, if not defined, the learn, hard, laconic style you find in so many classic crime series, from "The Wire" to "The Shield" to "Sons of Anarchy" to  "Breaking Bad."

Every TV writer in Hollywood who aspires to greatness or at least aspires to understanding how to construct a scene that's strung so tight it pushes you off the edge of your seat has studied Leonard for years. Beats me how "Justified" will be the same, although with Graham Yost aboard it should be OK. (BTW, please see two comments below - which I agree with completely.) 

Tags: Elmore Leonard , Justified , Graham Yost , FX

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