Ian McShane, who went from pleasant British antiques dealer Lovejoy to pottymouth brothel owner Al Swearengen in the HBO series Deadwood, has joined the cast of Hot Rod; a new movie being produced by Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels. According to our sister site Cinematical, the comedy will star Andy Samberg (known for the famous SNL sketch 'Lazy Sunday' and, um, that's about it) and his buddies from the Lonely Island comedy troupe.
In the movie, McShane will play stepfather to Samberg's character, who plans to jump over Snake River in a moped in order to impress his stepdad. I'm sure that hilarity will ensue and that McShane will be able to use his versatile swearing talents in varying comedic ways. Or, McShane could shock us all and portray a straight-laced, milk-drinking Republican from the Midwest.
I'm surprised that Samberg is getting a starring role so soon. I mean, it sometimes takes years of mediocre acting on SNL just to get a small role in a Michaels' production. Gosh, I guess the times are a changing.
(S03E02) Episodes like this are the reason why people were so ticked at HBO for being stingy with the season four funds. Actually, I really shouldn't put it that way. Any episode of Deadwood is reason enough for the outcry. This one especially, though.
Picking up right where we left off last week, I'm guessing it's probably the following morning. The mental chess match between Hearst and Swearengen is in full throttle as the two continue to jockey for the upper hand in the camp.
(S03E01) One of the things you need to realize about this show is that you're bound to get confused. Especially after you've gone a year without seeing an episode and hearing that trademark "F this and F that and F you" dialogue. It takes a good ten minutes for your ears and mind to adjust. Part of is also the multitude of characters. But you have to respect a show that's so ambitious in that respect and Deadwood does it well.
I will say though, it was a great feeling to see Swearengen walk out onto his deck and slug down some coffee from that dirty tin mug. I missed this guy... which is odd, because I don't think I'd want him as a friend.
Interestingly, HBO did offer Milch a fourth season. But it was for only 6 episodes, and Milch didn't want to do that. So they're going with the movies instead.
Starting in June, SIRIUS Satellite Radio will begin airing a weekly show revolving around the upcoming season of HBO's Deadwood. Hosted by The Gem Saloon's own W. Earl Brown (he plays Dan Dority), the show will feature interviews with other cast members, discussions of previous episodes, and news about upcoming ones. The nice thing about SIRIUS is that all of them will be able to swear and curse as much as we're accustomed to hearing. The recap show premieres on SIRIUS on Saturday June, 10 at 8PM and the Deadwood season three premiere airs on HBO the following night at 9PM. It was recently announced that this will be the final season of Deadwood.
Here's an update to our earlier news that David Milch had confirmed that Deadwood was, indeed, dead: Milch himself is trying to raise the $60 million dollars he would need to continue the series! I guess that HBO hasn't given a definite "no" to another season of the western, so Milch is trying to save the show himself. Milch says:
"I'm doing what I can ... any financial participation could take the pressure off. HBO hasn't said no ... if I were a gambling guy, which I am, I'd say odds are less than even money."
Milch says the actors were shocked that HBO said no to another season too. Stay tuned ...
[via TV Tattle]
Or are we?
Thank goodness for the cable channels. What they've realized is that it's better to launch new seasons of their original scripted shows away from the crucible of the regular network season and capture the bored and restless masses over the summer.
David Milch pretty much confirms the news we posted last week, that Deadwood will vanish after this third season. And in true Deadwood fashion, Milch had this to say:
"How &%$#@! is it that we're not coming back?"
Milch also confirms that it was HBO that decided not to pick up the options on the cast, which freed the actors to go look for other work. Milch doesn't sound too happy about it, but he's still busy. He's working on the new surfer drama John From Cincinnati, which the same network is interested in.
In news that might be kind of a shock for fans, it looks like the upcoming third season of Deadwood might be the last.
HBO is letting the cast "explore their options," which bascially means that they are free to consider other options. In fact, creator/writer David Milch is exploring his own option, concentrating on a new surfer drama for HBO titled John From Cincinnati.
More on this as it develops ...
(thanks to Dave for the heads up)
"Disaster works. Disaster sells ...but the media is putting us in a position where we're not permitted to have normal reactions ...[the war in Iraq was like] a three-week miniseries with a beginning, a middle, and end ...When the series was over, the President's approval ratings was 98% -- that was a good show. What's left is 'reruns' with people dying."
Another interesting revelation in the article: Deadwood was originally set in ancient Rome.
The third season doesn't even premiere until this coming June, but HBO is already close to greenlighting a fourth season of the gritty Western drama starring Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane. This isn't the first time HBO has jumped the gun on a popular series though. Six Feet Under was good to go for a second season before the pilot episode even aired. Initially set to return in March at the same time as The Sopranos, Deadwood got bumped until June to make way for a new series called Big Love (it stars Bill Paxton as a polygamist). Good to know that Deadwood will be around right through 2007 though.
The Good Stuff
5. Lost: I really don't think this needs an explanation. Fantastic ensemble, great writing, interesting backstory... okay, so I gave an explanation.
4. Rescue Me: I would have never pegged Denis Leary as someone who could piece together a hit drama, but he's done it and season two was outstanding.
3. Entourage: This show gave me more one-liners to endlessly repeat from its second season than some shows give you in their entire run.
2. Nip/Tuck: If you don't watch this show then you're missing out. Seriously.
1. 24: I can't get enough of this show. I fall asleep with the DVDs on. Season 5, just a few more weeks. Deep breaths.
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