Luke Perry joins cast of David Milch's latest
If you've been following news about Deadwood, you know that John from Cincinnati is the project responsible for truncating our beloved Black Hills-set episodic. HBO chief Chris Albrecht told reporters back in July that he was the guy who suggested ending Deadwood early to get started on John, a project for which he apparently has more enthusiasm. I personally have yet to forgive him for this.
While I'm sure David Milch could spin television gold from straw, John from Cincinnati's premise is just such a letdown after spending a couple of seasons with Al Swearengen, Calamity Jane and Sol Starr. The show, which was originally titled John from Cincinnati Meets the Surfing Yosts, focuses on a dysfunctional Imperial Beach CA family of surfing champs - The Yosts. Their lives are interrupted by the arrive of the titular John, a boarding savant who has come for lessons, and Barry Cunningham, a man come to avenge a wrong done to him 23 years earlier.
While I continue to lament the too early departure of Deadwood, I am looking forward to whatever loopy vernacular Milch and his team come up with for this SoCal brood. There's no way it could be as colorful as a show the revived the word "hooplehead" and raised the use of "cocksucker" to an artform, but Cali regionalisms have a poetry all their own.