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Deadwood: Are the Two Wrap-up Movies Dead?

DeadwoodLast May, it was leaked that HBO would not be renewing the Deadwood series for a fourth season. It looked like the rough language western series was headed into the sunset until fans caught wind of the idea. They put together a major campaign that flooded HBO with letters, petitions and angry calls. They even took out a full-page ad in the Hollywood trade-paper Variety indicating that they would be cancelling their HBO subscriptions if Deadwood didn't return.

Shortly thereafter, Deadwood creator David Milch and HBO worked out a deal for a pair of two-hour movies that would resolve the series' storylines. At the time, it was expected that the movies would air in 2007. In January, it was said that Milch was excited about his script ideas and production was expected to start shooting in June or July. That hasn't happened and to date none of the series' actors have indicated that they've been signed to the project. But, HBO is committed to making them eventually, right?

Apparently not. Michael Lombardo, HBO president of programming group and West Coast Operations, said yesterday that they "haven't had a conversation" with Milch about the Deadwood movies. Though the movies looked like a sure thing last Spring, the exec only said, "It's certainly on our books as something we're still interested in."

Lombardi indicated that it would be very difficult to pull the project together. Milch is exhausted from making his new series John in Cincinnati and it would also be difficult to round up the large cast of series actors (many of whom have moved onto other shows and projects). On top of that, if John is picked up for another year, Milch would be expected to start writing for the second season almost immediately. (The fate of John won't be decided until the end of season one.)

Though HBO once placated outraged viewers with the movie plans, they hardly seem to be a priority any longer. When asked about the chances of the Deadwood films being made, sadly HBO Co-President Richard Plepler puts the odds at only "50-50." Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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That too bad. Deadwood and The Wire were the best shows on HBO. I love David Milch but John From Cincinatti is just painful to watch.

Posted by: No1Dad | July 13, 2007 8:08 PM



what's wrong with HBO?
they make such great shows (like deadwood, rome, carnivale) and didn't finish them??


Posted by: rrt | July 24, 2007 12:56 AM


I just knew HBO was going to do this to us. I'm glad I cancelled it when I did. They're not getting any more of my money.

Posted by: George | July 26, 2007 9:51 PM


Deadwood and Rome, the 2 best series on TV are gone. What a shame! Now it looks like the Deadwood movies won't happen?!!! If it weren't for Entourage HBO would be kicked to the curb like, well, the 2 best series on TV.

Posted by: Rob Schaake | July 30, 2007 2:45 PM


I'm glad I'm not the only one out here that would like to see more of Deadwood, The Wire, Rome and Carnivale. These shows are great while John from Cincinnati is the one that needs to be cancelled. It is just stupid.

Posted by: Shelroy | August 13, 2007 3:37 PM


This is one of the best shows ever on TV. Why would HBO quit when they have such a winner?? Everyone I know loves the show and all were guessing what was going to happen next---a big war between Woo and the San Francisco C----------? So many story lines to work on. Resurrect the show--a guaranteed winner!!

Posted by: Dianne | August 14, 2007 2:17 PM


I enjoyed Sopranos.
Deadwood and Carnival were the 2 other best shows on HBO. Now that John from cincinati is gone may be deadwood will be resurrected

Posted by: big C | August 17, 2007 8:38 PM


We need to campaign again! Fans of Deadwood need to unite and flood their offices like we did when they canceled the show. I can't believe they canceled the best show on TV to make that John series! And they think fans are going to just roll over when they screw us over? It's really ungrateful to do a series and not end it properly for the fans.

Posted by: Remm | August 20, 2007 9:53 PM


Give me DEADWOOD back !!!
One of the best series I've ever seen.

Posted by: peter | August 23, 2007 10:28 AM


Just finished watching the last episode on DVD. Deadwood was the best TV series I've ever seen. Although it may be difficult to get the cast together, it would be in Milch's (and HBO's) best interest to give us more. PLEASE!!!

Posted by: Cliff | August 23, 2007 10:34 PM


Very sad... I just finished watching the last episode of the last season and can only hope that the two movies are made! Otherwise, it will be one more of HBO's crazy decisions in the past few years.

Posted by: Manny Hernandez | September 2, 2007 7:00 PM


I think they will be sorry they cancelled this. I bought the series and showed it to my 89 y.o. mother. At first she was startled by the language, but then she became really hooked by the plot and characters. Now every time I talk to her she asks me about a follow-up movie or series.

Deadwood has its raw points, but the human motivation is understandable and well developed. It is a show that gives some different insights about places where the law is failing (like Iraq, which people in the USA could greatly benefit from better understanding right now).

It's too bad they took it off. I wonder if one of the other networks could legally pick it up?

Posted by: E. Eibren | September 2, 2007 9:32 PM


I to cant believe that they (HBO) is not going to put Deadwood back on or allow the movie to be made. I agree with flooding them with questions and I will be cancelling HBO at least til they put it back on.

Posted by: c denton | September 13, 2007 4:49 PM


I am so mad and frustrated HBO cancelled this show. Best show i have seen. What a shame! The hell u thinking HBO?, u bunch of cocksuckers!!!!

Posted by: P. Mazuchowski | September 15, 2007 12:22 AM


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