Damages is an American television drama series created by the writing and production trio of Daniel Zelman and brothers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler (collectively known as KZK). It is broadcast in the United States on the DirecTV channel Audience Network after originally airing on FX and is produced by the creators' own production company, KZK Productions. It premiered on July 24, 2007. The series revolves around the brilliant yet ruthless lawyer, Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), her protégée, Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), and the law firm, Hewes & Associates (located in New York City). Each season features a major case that Hewes and her firm takes on, while also examining a chapter of the complicated relationship between Ellen and Patty. The series is also known for its depiction of the season-long cases both from the law firm's point of view and from the target's point of view. The series has attracted many stars to play characters on the side against Hewes, including Ted Danson, William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden, Martin Short, Lily Tomlin, and in the series' upcoming fourth season, John Goodman. Close and first-season star Zeljko Ivanek won Emmys for their performances, while several other actors have been nominated.