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Deadwood movies won't air until 2008 at the earliest

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 20th 2007 8:05AM

DeadwoodYou know, it's been so long since I've seen the last episode of Deadwood that I'll have to go back and watch it again to prepare for the two movies that will end the western saga. I think the last scene showed Gerald McRaney on his way out of town, probably heading to Jericho, Kansas.

But there's no rush. According to this story at the Chicago Tribune, not only are the two movies not going to air until 2008 at the earliest, but (according to cast member W. Earl Brown), the stars of the show haven't even signed contracts to appear in the TV flicks. But creator David Milch said a couple of months that he is "committed" to finishing the movies.

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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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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: 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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