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Ian McShane

As a public service reminder to my Deadwood buds and other fans, Ian McShane a.k.a. Al Swearengen will be on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Thurs, June 8 at 12:35 AM EST ( be sure to check your local listing *grin*) so gear up the VCR if you have to. I'll problably record it as I just will be too sleepy to know what's going on. Besides I'd like to hear what he has to say about all the hullabaloo that's been going on. I have never watched this show so I don't know if it's live or recorded way ahead. Hmmmm....

Hollywood Reporter.com & Deadwood

This just in!

June 05, 2006

2 telefilms mark 'Deadwood' end

HBO and David Milch have solved their "Deadwood" dilemma. HBO has reached an agreement with Milch, creator/executive producer of the Western drama series, to wrap up the show as a pair of two-hour movies rather than a full-blown fourth season. The issue of whether HBO would order a fourth season was forced in recent weeks by the fact that the cast members' contractual options for a fourth season are due to expire soon. The third season of "Deadwood" is set to premiere Sunday. HBO had offered Milch a six-episode pickup for Season 4 rather than the 12-episode norm for the show since its premiere in 2004. (Cynthia Littleton)


A Ray of Hope in Deadwood?

Take a look at this. I'm passing it on from the deadwoodtv group.


I hope it is a good sign.


Say it it so David Milch....

Two articles posted in one of my fan groups for Deadwood. I am very surprised at Milch but well he's gonna do what he's gonna do....

It's Official: Deadwood Is Dead
earch1) creator David Milch has penned a statement that pretty much
confirms our worst fears: TV's best acted, written, directed, costumed and
photographed show will end after its upcoming third season — and before its natural
conclusion. The entire statement is below. Read it and weep.

"I'm touched by the passionate response of many of the fans of Deadwood and
understand the disappointment they have expressed that this is to be the
final season of the show.

However, I presented a new project to the network, John from Cincinnati,
which they are very excited about. We worked together to try and fashion a plan
that would have enabled us to produce a fourth season of Deadwood, as well as
the new show. HBO, in fact, offered to commit to an additional six episodes
after this season to conclude Deadwood.

I felt the right decision creatively was to stop now and move forward with
the new project. Deadwood has been a magnificent experience for both me and
the cast and crew behind the show, and I hope that everyone who loves Deadwood
will not allow their disappointment in any way to affect what we believe is
a wonderful season to come."

TV & DVD Columnist Mike Brantley

'Deadwood' may be dead

Friday, June 02, 2006

HBO's "Big Love" (three reruns tonight, a season finale on Sunday)
already has been renewed for a second season. Filming of new episodes
will begin this August, with the second-season debut set for 2007.

I wish the prospects for a fourth season of the HBO gold-rush frontier
series "Deadwood" looked so good.

Executive producer David Milch's series is about lawlessness in a
Western frontier camp. The place and its most colorful characters,
including Ian McShane's poetically profane Al Swearengen, are inspired
by history's real Deadwood and its inhabitants.


"Deadwood's" prospects beyond 2006 look quite bleak, with the deadline
passing to lock cast members into fourth-season commitments. Just days
away from the June 11 debut of "Deadwood's" third season, no one -- not
HBO, not series creator Milch, not cast members -- is positively
committed to making a fourth season happen.

I suppose we should be grateful to have a dozen more new episodes
coming this summer. But the show's most ardent fans aren't satisfied
with that at all. They've put up Web sites (see savedeadwood.net and
www.savedeadwood.tv) and have paid for at least one high-profile,
pricey ad in Daily Variety trying to convince HBO to renew the show.

What are they up against? It's not the quality of the show. Critics
love it, and it has been a magnet for awards (including a prestigious
Peabody Award in addition to all those Emmys). It's not the popularity
of the show, as it's among HBO's most-watched original programs.

Simply, it's money. According to reports, each episode takes twice as
long to shoot as other original hours and costs an estimated $5

HBO has renewed shows that aren't as popular and aren't as acclaimed as
"Deadwood," but they're also cheaper to make. Thinking of "Entourage"
here. Another expensive HBO series, "Rome," has been renewed, but that
one is produced in partnership with the BBC, which splits costs with

I'm hoping, perhaps in vain, that someone will crunch the numbers in a
way that will allow Milch and HBO to give us proper closure for the
"Deadwood" story. Sci Fi did it with "Farscape," a costly series that
was canceled after four seasons, then brought back as a miniseries to
wrap up loose ends.

However, it was reported recently by the Los Angeles Times that HBO
offered Milch a deal to produce a truncated, six-episode fourth season,
and he declined. Unless something changes, it looks like 12 more hours
in "Deadwood" is all we'll have.

"Deadwood" was conceived as a story arc running four seasons, we've
been told. The third season was produced with the assumption a fourth
season would follow. I don't know how "Deadwood's" third season will
end, but "Farscape's" fourth season left fans with a whopper of a
cliffhanger. If the third season of "Deadwood" leaves too many loose
ends, it'll be frustrating to everyone if they're not made tidy.

Recall, HBO's "Carnivale" concluded its second, and prematurely final,
season in a similarly unfinished way. Very, very frustrating.


Hail the camp! Milch speaks

Another posting from a Deadwood board I belong to.
I'm checking under my couch cushions as you read....

Gail Shister | 'Deadwood' creator scrambling to save HBO drama
By Gail Shister
Inquirer Columnist

Buddy, can you spare $60 million?

With HBO's Deadwood hanging on by a bootstrap, creator David Milch
hopes to raise enough outside cash to save his brilliant - and
expensive - western.

"I'm doing what I can," Milch says. "Any financial participation could
take the pressure off. HBO hasn't said no... . If I were a gambling
guy, which I am, I'd say odds are less than even money."

Milch says he's looking into possible tie-ins with casinos and theme
parks as well as with the actual community of Deadwood, S.D.
Imaginative marketing, he calls it.

Here's an imaginative marketing thought: If he really gets desperate,
Milch could hit up his old Yale fraternity brother, George W. Bush.

Or not.

Deadwood launches its third season June 11. With a huge ensemble cast
and lavish period sets, production costs are north of $5 million an
episode. A full season's order is 12 episodes.

Milch had always planned on four "chapters" for Deadwood. He says
everything was a go for season four when production wrapped about six
weeks ago.

Then HBO told Milch it was cutting its offer to six episodes. And it
let expire the contract options of the cast, including stars Ian
McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Jim Beaver and Molly Parker.

"The actors were as shocked as I was," Milch says. "I don't think
there was any calculation or deception on HBO's part, and I'm not
saying I was betrayed. I think HBO tried as hard as they could to find
a way to make it work. Things changed for them financially."

Milch gets it. Despite critical acclaim, the obscenity-laden Deadwood,
set in a lawless mining camp in the Dakotas in the late 1870s, "was
not the next big thing in terms of being a Sopranos-sized hit. They
needed a number of eyes we weren't providing them.

"That's their business. They have to look at things that way." But
producing only half as many episodes for next season? To Milch, that
had no six appeal.

"For my part, I did not want to accept a short order. We couldn't have
done the work the way we wanted. I didn't want to limp home. My old
man used to say, 'Never go anyplace where you're only tolerated.' "

HBO does more than tolerate the mad genius who helped create NYPD
Blue, and he knows it. For starters, Milch himself maintains that no
other network would have done Deadwood in the first place.

Moreover, Milch is deep into another HBO project - a spring drama
called John From Cincinnati, described as "surf noir." Says Milch:
"It's pretty strange, I'll say that for it." (And Milch knows from

Meanwhile, Deadwood has a sliver of a chance for a fourth season, he
says, but it would require an extraordinary suspension of disbelief.

"I suppose if there's tremendous disaffection with the [Cincinnati]
pilot, the actors would be willing to come back, even if they had
taken other jobs.... It's not impossible, but I'm absolutely assuming
there won't be a season four."

Bottom line for Milch is the work. He expects the same from his
audience. As for HBO, well, that's a Deadwood horse of a different color.

"For me, trying to stay sane is a full-time job without trying to
figure out what's going on in someone else's mind."

The Real Deadwood Podcast

Here is the link to that show I had posted about in a previous entry. Take a listen folks, it's great!

...cuz theys developments that need interpretatin' on every front."
Dan Dority to Al Swearengen

This was posted on one of the many Deadwood boards I frequent. TV Guide has their say:

In the new TV Guide (May 29-June 4) on their Cheers and Jeers page:
JEERS to HBO for all but killing off 'Deadwood'. Only weeks before the
brilliant Westerns third-season premier, the cable network opted not
to renew the casts contracts, making another year highly unlikely.
That decision makes us want to cuss almost as much as Ian McShane's Al

You go TV Guide!