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Deadwood might not be coming back to HBO after all

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 14th 2007 10:41AM

Deadwood is probably not coming back to HBORemember all of that talk about a series of Deadwood two-hour movies that was mentioned after the HBO series ended in 2006? Well, it was all a figment of your imagination. In fact, television and HBO are part of your imagination as well. It's just my plan to lull you into a false sense of security while I try to take over the world! Mwha-hahahahahahahahahaha!

Ahem . . . sorry.

In all seriousness it looks like any chance of Deadwood returning to the pay-cable network in any form are pretty much, er, dead. That's according to network executive Michael Lombardo, who spoke to reporters during TCA this past week. Lombardo said that bringing Deadwood back is a doable but daunting task. First, he would need to have show creator David Milch recharge his batteries after completing the first season of John From Cincinnati. Then, Milch would need to pull the cast together again.

That's the difficult part, according to Lombardo, since most of the cast didn't wait around to see what would happen to the show. In fact, most of them have gone on to other television shows and films. Granted, it could be done; however, it may not be financially wise for the network to bring back the show.

So, now is the time to get those Deadwood petitions up and running again to save the program in one form or another. Hey, it worked for Jericho so you never know.

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It's a shame that David Milch apparently likes using some of the same actors and writing in iambic pentameter, but completely misapplies his craft on John From Cincinnatti. The show is disconnected and somewhat flaky in that format set in a modern context, whereas Deadwood seemed more believable. Granted, people were probably not speaking exactly like that back in the late 1800's, but I wasn't around to know that they weren't, and the metaphors that he used were clever enough to merit a second viewing to fully process. Using this same template to chronicle the lives of the characters of JFC seems to just leave the show flat and uninteresting. Besides, Deadwood seemed devoted to depicting a raw and gritty portrayal of life as it was, while JFC seems to be trying to draw some sort of theological or philosophical parallel which is not very well defined. I don't know where David Milch is going with this show, I just know that I'll have an extra hour in my week to do just about anything else BUT watch HBO until Deadwood returns.

July 29 2007 at 1:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
love deadwood

I'm so very sad - this was one of the best shows to come along in a long time - that and Carnival - also to get the axe before its time. I can't believe Milch deserted such a great show to create JFC !!! Not even a close comparison.

July 17 2007 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i watched it from day one....such a shame we will never know what happens to all the charaters.

July 16 2007 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't see why it would be so difficult to pull the actors together. All they have to do is hit the set for JFC. It seems like every week another actor appears who was formerly on Deadwood.

July 16 2007 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i think that david milch and HBO OWE it to their fans to wrap up the series and give it some closure. if David is too lazy to bother, then it seems that he is a selfish, ungreatful person. karma will get him, his new show will fail miserably

July 16 2007 at 12:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Someone better open up a can of peaches.

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July 14 2007 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I gave up hope a long time ago.

July 14 2007 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Anyone who is shocked by this.... I have ocean front property in Kentucky to sell you.

July 14 2007 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


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