William Hurt to join 'Damages'

Co-starting with Glenn Close in FX drama

William Hurt is reuniting with his "The Big Chill" co-star Glenn Close for the second season of FX's legal drama series "Damages," while D.B. Sweeney, Nick Tarabay and Michael Fairman have joined the ensemble cast of Starz's upcoming drama series "Crash."

In "Damages," Hurt has signed on for a season-long arc as a new client of attorney Patty Hewes (Close), with whom he shares a a professional as well as personal past. "Damages," from Sony and FX Prods., is scheduled to go into production June 24 and return to air in early 2009.

The role marks Hurt's first onscreen reunion since 1983's "Big Chill" and his first role as a series regular. The Oscar winner, repped by CAA, is currently on the big screen in "The Incredible Hulk."

"Crash," from Lionsgate, is based on the feature film of the same name but features an entirely new cast of characters. Sweeney ("Jericho," Spike Lee's upcoming "Miracle at St. Anna") plays Peter Emory, a successful pre-bust real estate developer living in Brentwood with his frustrated wife (Clare Carey) and their teenage daughter. Fairman ("L.A. Law") is Lou Loskey, Christine's overbearing father who, because of illness, can't care for himself anymore.

Tarabay ("The Sopranos") portrays Axel Finet, a police lieutenant having an affair with fellow officer Bebe (Arlene Tur).