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Danson raises glass to Obama

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  • Ted Danson returning to FX series "Damages" as billionaire Arthur Frobisher
  • Strong supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton's says he's now behind Sen. Barack Obama
  • Danson is best known for role as Sam Malone on long-running sitcom "Cheers"
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By Jack Hannah
CNN
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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Ted Danson is returning to FX's "Damages" -- and getting on board with Sen. Barack Obama.

Danson's character on "Damages," imperious billionaire Arthur Frobisher, will be back for a second season of the Glenn Close series, FX revealed Tuesday at its gathering for the Television Critics Association.

However, FX head John Landgraf was coy as what Frobisher's condition will be, given that the character was shot at the end of the first season. ("Damages" makes use of extensive flashbacks and flash-forwards, so that's not necessarily a hindrance to Danson's participation.)

Meanwhile, the actor, one of Sen. Hillary Clinton's strongest celebrity supporters during her run for the White House, told CNN that he will "indeed get on the bandwagon" and support Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, for president.

"I will do everything in my power to make sure that we have a Democrat in the White House, absolutely," Danson said. "And Sen. Obama is a remarkable candidate."

Danson said that Clinton has been a family friend for many years. He and his wife, actress Mary Steenburgen, even appeared at rallies with Clinton earlier this year.

He acknowledged that the race between the two senators evoked strong emotions in supporters of each, but the actor said the pair's agreement on many issues should make it possible for Democrats to unite.

"I don't care who you were backing, or how fervently, or how upset [you were]," he said. "If you don't go out and back the person who represents the issues you care about ... [then] you need to do that."

Danson is best known for his long run as bartender Sam Malone on "Cheers." His performance as Frobisher has earned raves from critics, with the Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan calling his work "one of the high points of the show."

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