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All Julia wants for Festivus

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 12th 2006 1:02PM
Xzibit Pimp My RideWow - an invitation to list all of my TV-related wishes for the coming year. This is just like sitting on Santa's lap except without the horrible awkwardness and guilt. When I was a kid, I felt like I had to ask for world peace instead of a bike. That's what happens when you grow up Catholic. It was selfish to have "wants" and worse to state them aloud.

This would explain why it was such an unprecedented joy for me to spend time reveling in the frivolity of my own TV desires this holiday season. I have been given a momentary, guilt-free license to indulge. And, I pass that license on to you. Feel free to offer up your own television wishes in the comments section. I couldn't recommend it to the recovering Catholic portion of our readership more.

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On the 6th day of Festivus, TV gave to me

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 12th 2006 10:47AM

Sylar...Six Creepy Killers.

Murderers, psychopaths, homicidal nut-jobs, and guys that like to eat fingers. Killers, they come in all shapes and sizes, all forms, and they're all over TV. We love to hate them and in some cases we hate that we love them. But you can't avoid them because more often than not, they lead to some great storylines on many of our favorite shows. Here's a look at some of the big ones from 2006.

1.) Sylar [Heroes] - Mild-mannered watch maker turned super-powered brain craver, Sylar has been removing the pink organs from folks on Chandra Suresh's list on Heroes all season long. He looks calm in that picture, but that was before he grew in the scrappy beard and donned a trench-coat. His ability to absorb the powers of those he kills is creepy enough, but actually seeing him get angry is definitely unnerving. Just look at what he did to Eden in the show's mid-season finale. I wouldn't recommend standing in front of a plate-glass window if this guy is on the other side of it.

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Ian McShane on Deadwood's early grave

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 11th 2006 5:32PM
Ian McShane DeadwoodBrace yourself, Deadwood fans. In an interview with ComingSoon.net, Ian McShane reveals that the cast and crew is still waiting for word on whether or not the two Deadwood movies will be made. "Today they say yes, they will be done, but who knows what they'll say tomorrow. I've got a feeling in me that it's not completely dead in some way, but who knows what they could do it?"

As you may recall, Deadwood was nixed by HBO because of their supposed enthusiasm for Milch's next project John from Cincinnati. HBO offered Milch six episodes to wrap the series up. He refused, opting instead for two two-hour films that he felt might let him bring the series to a proper close.

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More on Milch's John from Cincinnati

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 21st 2006 9:55AM
Bruce Greenwood John from CincinnatiMonday's New York Times features a story on David Milch and the writing process behind his forthcoming HBO pilot John from Cincinnati. If you've been reading our reports on the series' casting, you know that HBO's enthusiasm for this project is what brought about the earlier-than-anticipated-end of Milch's other HBO outing, Deadwood.

Most Deadwood fans, including myself, were pretty pissed to find out that Deadwood was getting the boot thanks to a show about the first family of surfing, but what are you going to do? Artists grow. They change. They want to write other stuff, and most fans of Milch will follow him anywhere including the sunny California coast.

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Luke Perry joins cast of David Milch's latest

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 16th 2006 3:01PM
Luke PerryFormer 90210 heartthrob Luke Perry has joined the cast of Deadwood scribe David Milch's latest outing for HBO, John from Cincinnati. Production on the series began this month with Perry in a guest starring role that has turned full-time.

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.

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Let's visit the 100 Acre Deadwood

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 5th 2006 8:31PM
tigger and poohAs some of you may know, Cracked Magazine recently relaunched with a more "grown up" style far removed from its original focus on the junior high set. The new mag features contributions from television writers from such series as Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Chappelle's Show. One item that didn't make it into the first issue though, is a lovely little tribute to both Winnie the Pooh and the HBO series Deadwood titled, appropriately, "100 Acre Deadwood." Now, before those of you who are at work, or have a heart condition, or are in a place where people might be offended by Pooh and his pals doing drugs, swearing, getting stabbed, and having sex with hookers, you might want to think twice before clicking the link below. However, if it's been your lifelong dream to see Tigger take a knife to the heart, then by all means, click away. Lord knows I'm not one to stand in the way of artistic expression.

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Deadwood: Tell Him Something Pretty (season finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 27th 2006 11:16PM

Deadwood S03E12 Tell Him Something Pretty

(S03E12) Maybe I sit alone with this belief, but I was royally disappointed with this finale. This entire season has been building up to this episode. It was supposed to be a magnificent explosion with guns a blazing as Bullock and Swearengen delivered Deadwood from the clutches of Hearst and his Pinkerton pistoleros. There was none of that. For the most part it was calm. It's clear that this finale was written with a full-length fourth season in mind and I only hope now that the remaining four hours of this wonderful series can do it the justice it deserves.

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Deadwood: The Catbird Seat (late review)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 27th 2006 12:18PM

Deadwood S03E11 The Catbird Seat

(S03E11) Forgive the extreme lateness of this review folks, but between work and my cable being out for a day, I just haven't had the opportunity to sit down and watch this episode. But now that I have... wow. Words cannot describe how excited I am for tonight's season three finale. So take this review as sort of a refresher on the season as a whole as we prepare ourselves for the final stand-off between Hearst's men and the camp of Deadwood.

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Deadwood: A Constant Throb

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 13th 2006 11:10PM

Deadwood S03E10 A Constant Throb

(S03E10) Once again, great as usual... but man, they are really building up to this season's climax at a snail's pace. As much as that fact has me agitated, you still have to admire it though. Every move, every scene, every choice bit of dialogue in this show means something. It all ties together. It's just so meticulously laid out and that's why we're unfortunately not being treated to a full fourth season. It's too bad that series renewal relies on viewership and not the quality level of the program, because let's face it. Deadwood, along with a few select others (Rescue Me comes to mind), are alone at the top right now.

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Deadwood: Amateur Night

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 6th 2006 11:23PM

Deadwood - Amateur Night - S03E09

(S03E09) Since there are only three episodes left this season, I was expecting this to be a much tenser hour. Don't get me wrong, it was great, but David Milch and Co. are being very economical about when, where, and how they're doling out the really explosive stuff. If anything, the final three installments will be brimming with what this whole season has been building up to: a final confrontation between the people of Deadwood and George "Boy the Earth Talks To" Hearst.

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Deadwood: Leviathan Smiles

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 30th 2006 11:19PM

Deadwood - Leviathan Smiles

(S03E08) This show just continues to impress. After missing last week's episode, I sat down an hour early tonight and got a double dose. Talk about a great two hours of television. We pick up the morning after Al's impromptu meeting with the rest of the camp elders. Tensions are high as Merrick and Blasinov distribute fresh copies of The Pioneer around camp. The waiting game came next as it would only be a matter of time before Hearst saw Bullock's letter to the families of the murdered Cornishmen. And find it he did. He had some words with Merrick about printing the letter. But Hearst is no fool. He knows it was published to embarrass him and shed light on the murders he clearly had a hand in. If anything, all this has done is strengthened his already powerful dislike for the camp and its residents.

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Deadwood: A Rich Find

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 17th 2006 8:20AM

Deadwood - A Rich Find

(S03E06) Omar Gooding?!?! This is too much to handle. From Wild and Crazy Kids to Deadwood. And yes, before people go comment crazy, I realize he's done plenty since then. But c'mon, he hosted a show where kids threw water balloons full of whipped cream and chocolate syrup at each other. Regardless, I'm not sure what adding his character (he plays Odell, Aunt Lou's son) will accomplish. I was starting to become content with all the players we had. Now we add Odell and leave out someone like Jack Langrishe, who I absolutely love. But I shouldn't discriminate... or else I'll come off sounding like E.B. or Steve the Drunk.

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Deadwood: A Two-Headed Beast

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 9th 2006 9:09PM

Deadwood - A Two-Headed Beast

(S03E05) This sums just about everything up:

Johnny: "What are we waiting for?"

Swearengen: "To see what kind of hell breaks loose."

And break loose it did. From drug addiction to street fights, plenty of things came out into the open this week on Deadwood.

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Deadwood: Full Faith and Credit

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 2nd 2006 10:38PM

Deadwood - Full Faith and Credit

(S03E04) Even the slow episodes are good. I'm sure the die-hards (and I'd like to think that I'm one of them) will disagree with me when I say that this episode was slow but let's be honest. Not much happened and what did was a lot of filler. The biggest, and most important, event was Alma's decision to finally open the Deadwood Bank. Am I the only one who thought this was sudden though? I know she proposed the idea last season to Sol and I think we were to assume it was a go by all accounts, but this came out of nowhere. There's been no mention of it this season (that I can remember) and now here it is. Of course, this would explain why Alma was only willing to sell Hearst a 49% stake in her gold claim in last week's episode. She knew she would still need a majority share so that it could be used to back any deposits at her bank. I love when little connections like that are made though, because last week it made no sense to me in regards to the offer Alma made Hearst. Now it makes perfect sense. A "powerhouse" I believe Mr. Ellsworth called her.

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Deadwood: True Colors

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jun 26th 2006 11:41AM

Deadwood - True Colors

(S03E03) New arrivals in the camp. Wu has returned from his recruiting mission in San Francisco. The rest of his workers he's hired will be arriving in "ten day." Nice to see that his vocabulary is growing. His return set the tone for the episode though. Wu is a changed man. Believe it or not, he's become quite the shrewd businessman despite his lack of English skills and his appearance is slightly updated too. Let's be honest, he looks ridiculous. But Wu's transformation seems to mirror that of the camp's. Things are changing and I don't think the end result is going to be what anyone expects.

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