ON ROSE: Tulle and lace dress, Peter Som ($2,622). Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave. Cocktail ring, Tiffany & Co. ($19,500). 727 Fifth Ave. Platinum eternity band ($3,500), gold eternity band ($1,500) and platinum band ($2,500), Fred Leighton. 773 Madison Ave. ON GLENN: Dress, J. Mendel (price on request). Hirshleifer’s, Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., Manhasset. Copacabana earrings, Chopard (price on request). 709 Madison Ave. Pear-shaped ring, Harry Winston (price on request). 718 Fifth Ave. Slingbacks, Manolo Blahnik ($735). Hirshliefer’s, Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., Manhasset.. Tights, Donna Karan ($18). 819 Madison Ave.

 

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  Tuxedo jacket ($2,700) and Radzimir narrow pants ($1,500), Céline. Hirshleifer’s, Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., Manhasset. Chiffon top, Bottega Veneta ($1,350). 699 Fifth Ave. Diamond drop earrings, Tanagro ($26,000). 5 E. 57th St. Caresse d’orchidées par ring, Cartier ($55,100). 653 Fifth Ave. Platform pumps, Nicholas Kirkwood ($1,055). Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave.

Glenn Close and Rose Byrne sit down to lunch at Michael’s, the notorious media hangout on 55th Street. It’s a very New York spot to talk about a very New York show, Damages, the cat-and-mouse TV thriller about a tough Manhattan lawyer and her protégée, airing now on DirecTV’s Audience Network.

Um, DirecTV?

“I’d heard of DirecTV,” insists Glenn Close. “I have it at my house in Westchester.”

That we’re sitting down to lunch at all today is something of a Hollywood miracle. Because after three well-received but terminally low-rated seasons on FX, in which Close’s awesomely despicable Patty Hewes had a dog killed, among other ridiculous acts—Damages was left for dead. Never one to wallow, Close, 64, dove headfirst into a long-gestating passion project, Albert Nobbs, the fall release film adaptation of a short story, which also inspired the play she did Off Broadway in 1982. Byrne, meanwhile, RSVP’d for Bridesmaids, teasing her hair to high heaven for the gross-out lady comedy. Was there any hope for Damages? “We were canceled,” Byrne says. “We’d moved on.”

But then the phone rang. DirecTV, which had saved another critically admired show, NBC’s Friday Night Lights, from life support, was offering to step in, committing to produce two additional seasons of Damages—that is, provided the show’s leading ladies were still interested. “Immediately Glenn and I spoke,” says Byrne, 32. “Is this something we want to do? Are there more stories to tell?”

Although Close had won two Emmys for the show, and even referred to Hewes as one of the great roles of her life, she wasn’t immediately convinced. Her concern, and understandably so: the time commitment. “I promised my husband I would never complain about it again,” Close says of Damages, “because it’s a great job. But the schedule, it’s incredibly fluid. You need to be available. For five months, you can never say, ‘I’ll have dinner with you next Tuesday night.’ And that’s hard on your family.”

Ultimately, the decision came down to the taut, chilling writing of creators Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman (collectively known as KZK). But also to the show’s unspoken other star: New York. If Damages shot in, say, Vancouver or Toronto, as so many Hollywood productions do, it’s unlikely we’d be having a lemon tart for dessert today at Michael’s.

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