‘Damages’ assessed at show’s launch

First episode screens at Regal theater

“As somebody who started out as a student in New York, coming back here is just a dream,” said Ted Danson at Wednesday’s premiere of the new FX legal drama “Damages.”

The first episode of the Gotham-based show was screened at the Regal theater, after which Danson and co-stars like Glenn Close and Rose Byrne retired to Cipriani restaurant for the afterparty.

Once inside, Debra Messing with husband and show scribe, Daniel Zelman, joined stage performers with parts on the show, like Tate Donovan and Zeljko Ivanek.

“Our backgrounds are first and foremost in the theater,” noted “Sopranos” vet Todd Kessler of the writing/producing team that includes Kessler and his brother Glenn.”New York City has a phenomenal acting pool,” Kessler continued. “Every episode we go in with people who have been on Broadway and Off Broadway; who are just out of graduate school, or just beginning their acting careers.”

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