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David Milch's John From Cincinatti - TCA Report

by Kevin Kelly, posted Jan 13th 2007 10:05AM
David Milch - he likes the swear wordsFresh off of Deadwood (does anyone else think that left the air too soon?), David Milch and the cast presented their new surfing drama John From Cincinnati to the TCA. Most surprising was the fact that there are some mystical elements to the show ... although they weren't really elaborated on at the panel. The clips offered up contained scenes of levitation and a bird seeming to come back to life, but seeing them out of context makes us unsure to label them just yet.

Milch did get a bit esoteric though, and said that the show takes place on "the edge of the coordinates of reality." It has a vague aura of Six Feet Under around it, even though the subjects are entirely different, and I tend to like shows that aren't laid out for you in black and white.

Also, he hasn't toned down the swearing at all from his Deadwood days. The opening scene in the clip has Mitch Yost (Bruce Greenwood), casually strolling past someone who came out to watch him surf and ask him to consider coming out of retirement. His response? "Go f*ck yourself." Although strangely, we didn't hear one utterance of 'c*cksucker.'

  • David Milch to Deadwood fans: "It's my deepest hope that in the scheme of things, Deadwood fans can forgive us and give it a chance."
  • Milch on drug use: "I was involved in a subsidiary project involving nitrous oxide, and the great thing about it is that when it hits ... everyone is right where they're supposed to be ... and we're all just riding along."
  • After Milch went on about his drug use, views on surfing (he's not surfer) and thoughts about life, someone finally asked Bruce Greenwood and Rebecca de Mornay a question. They wanted to know how it was different working for David Milch than someone else, and Greenwood said: "I think you've just witnessed the difference right here."
  • Milch on working on Deadwood: "Well, basically the deal is: I'm a psychopath. I went in knowing I had four seasons on my contract. When I went in and pitched them Deadwood, I pitched it as a project set in Rome during the time of Nero. Then I found out that already had a show set in Rome. Do I sound like I know what the hell I'm talking about?!"

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Patrice Cee

So unhappy with HBO for quitting and cheaping out on a show like Deadwood. The writing....the writing...the writing, brought to life so well by the actors and production. With the shows that they do, and have allowed to have full runs of 5 years or more, it is disgraceful that they let us down by dropping this amazing show. I could go into a typical Deadwood language style rant at HBO about this, but instead i shall simply choose to watch other networks from now on...

January 19 2007 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just started to get over the loss of Deadwood and you had to go and bring it all rushing back. Thank you very, very much Mr. Kelly.

January 13 2007 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Travis Bell

I love David Milch. Such a witty and clever man... some of the very best writing of our time is by this guy. Damn!

January 13 2007 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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