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Jesse Luken reveals the inner life of a Boyd Crowder henchman

Zap2It.com — If you watch “Justified” with any regularity, you’ve seen Jesse Luken quite a bit. You may not, however, heard much of him.

Luken plays Jimmy, Boyd’s (Walton Goggins) right-hand man on the show. The character is smart, dependable — and quiet. It’s the nature of the role that while Jimmy is on screen quite a bit with Boyd, he doesn’t say much. Luken says he’s learned to handle those kinds of scenes.

“The trap that you can fall into is to just sort of watch the action happen,” he tells Zap2it. “You are watching the action happen, but as his No. 2, I’m the guy that’s supposed to be guarding him and protecting him. … You do occasionally get lost as an actor because Walton is so brilliant and all the rest of the actors on the show are so wonderful that you’re just like ‘Wow, I’m watching a play right now.’

“So I think [the trick is to] just actively listen and actively engage, and there’s going to be times that they’re going to want to look to you, so you’ve got to be able to give them reactions to what’s happening in the dialogue. It’s sort of just basic stuff: Listen, don’t be an idiot, I guess. Which is difficult enough for me. I struggle with the second part of that.”

Luken (who also recurs on The CW’s “Star-Crossed”) will have a somewhat more prominent role in Tuesday’s (March 5) episode of “Justified.” In last week’s episode he traveled with Boyd and the Crowes to Mexico, where a drug buy went seriously sideways.

“[Boyd is] in quite a pickle and has to figure out how to get out of Mexico, and it’s quite a journey and a lot of fun to play,” Luken says. “You find out that Jimmy speaks Spanish, which is helpful in getting them out of Mexico and not previously known on the show.”

Luken thinks the difficulty Boyd has had this season, both with his business and with Ava (Joelle Carter) being in prison, has wornon the character. “Boyd has sort of lost his sense of light in the world, and things are getting very dark for him,” he says. “I think you start to see something out of Boyd that you’ve never really seen before, which is fatigue.

“I think he’s getting tired of this life, and there’s a scene in a couple of episodes that presents a real moral dilemma for Boyd — and Jimmy, in fact — and you sort of see the consequences of the route they start to take.”

“Justified” airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT Tuesday on FX.

Variety: CW Sets Midseason Premieres of Star-Crossed and The 100

Variety.com — The CW, looking to build off its momentum from the fall while increasing the number of original hours it airs in the back half of the season, revealed its aggressive midseason plans on Thursday, including the debut of two dramas, timeslot shifts for a pair of others and the return of an unscripted fave.

Star -Crossed,” the futuristic story of an alien/human romance, kicks off the net’s second-half plans for the season, airing Mondays at 8 p.m. starting Feb. 17.

“Star-Crossed” will replace third-year drama “Hart of Dixie,” which will finish out its season on Fridays at 9 starting March 21. That’s the same night that comedy/improv series “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” a success in its premiere on the net this summer, returns with a pair of original episodes.

One week later, “Whose Line” will begin its regular air pattern of an original followed by an encore from its summer run.

“Whose Line” and “Hart of Dixie” should be able to provide a nice ratings bounce for the net on a night where it has seen modest results this fall with “The Carrie Diaries,” “America’s Next Top Model” and “Nikita.”

CW is also looking to give another new show, post-apocalyptic adventure drama “The 100,” a shot behind its hot second-year drama “Arrow,” with the dramas airing back-to-back starting March 19. To make room for “The 100,” the net is sending rookie drama “The Tomorrow People” to Mondays starting March 17, where it will follow “Star-Crossed.”

“Beauty and the Beast,” which has been airing Mondays at 9 p.m., will go on hiatus following its March 10 episode and return with original episodes at a date to be announced.