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F!$king Ian McShane to star in new g@damn movie featuring SNL players

by Richard Keller, posted Jun 22nd 2006 8:24AM

Ian McShaneIan 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.

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Deadwood: I Am Not the Fine Man You Take Me For

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jun 19th 2006 9:32AM

Deadwood; W. Earl Brown; Titus Welliver; Ian McShane

(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.

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Deadwood: Tell Your God to Ready For Blood (season premiere)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jun 12th 2006 8:09AM

HBO; Deadwood; Ian McShane as Al Swearengen

(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.

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HBO and Milch make a Deadwood deal

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 5th 2006 8:58AM
DeadwoodFirst it looked like there wasn't going to be a fourth season of Deadwood at all. Then David Milch said he was trying to raise the $60 million himself for another season. Now comes official word that Milch and HBO have reached a deal. After this third season, the show will wrapup with two two-hour movies.

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.

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Deadwood recap show to air on SIRIUS

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 31st 2006 6:14PM

DeadwoodStarting 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.

[via Orbitcast]

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Please give to the Save Deadwood fund

by Bob Sassone, posted May 24th 2006 3:01PM

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]

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What are you going to watch over the summer?

by Joel Keller, posted May 18th 2006 7:26PM
MonkIt seems like the 2005-06 TV season just started, doesn't it? But in less than two weeks, it will be officially over. As it is, most shows have already shown their season (or series) finales, with only a few left to go over the next week or so. So when Memorial Day hits in a week-and-a-half (jeez... time files), we're going to be facing three-or-so months of reruns and reality dreck like the latest Big Brother.

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.

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David Milch says: yup, Deadwood is gone

by Bob Sassone, posted May 18th 2006 2:42PM

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.

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Deadwood a goner? - BREAKING NEWS

by Bob Sassone, posted May 12th 2006 2:59PM

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)

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Deadwood creator has a few words for TV news

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 26th 2006 7:01PM
David MilchDeadwood creator David Milch is not a big fan of the way the media now covers the news. During a luncheon at the Museum of TV & Radio in Beverly Hills, Milch compared the way TV news covers major events to TV "shows":

"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.

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Future of "Deadwood" Looks Alive

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 7th 2006 7:30PM

DeadwoodThe 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.

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Best and Worst of 2005: Toomey's List

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 7th 2006 9:35AM

Rescue MeThe 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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Earl, Office writers nominated for awards

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 15th 2005 2:14PM
dwightWriters for My Name is Earl, The Office, and Grey's Anatomy are getting some accolades for their good work on their successful new shows. The writing teams for those programs were nominated for Writers Guild of America awards. Earl writers received three different nominations, while Office and Anatomy writers were both nominated for two awards including best new series. Don't worry, shows like Lost and Arrested Development also were nominated. The awards will be handed out February 4 in LA and NY.

More categories and nominations are listed after the jump:

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AFI TV Programs of the Year nominees announced

by Keith McDuffee, posted Dec 12th 2005 11:39AM
afi logoThe American Film Institute's AFI Awards nominees were recently announced for both television and movies (thanks Dave!), many of which I'm pleased to see listed. Their TV Programs of the Year selections are:

  • 24
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Deadwood
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • House
  • Lost
  • Rescue Me
  • Sleeper Cell
  • Sometimes in April
  • Veronica Mars
I have to admit that I've never heard of Sometimes in April. Anyone care to comment on why we should be watching it? Because it's sitting amongst a goldmine list of television. Awards will be given on January 13.

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