Sadly, HBO Isn’t Planning ‘Deadwood’ For Anytime Soon

By January 17, 2017

It’s been so long since HBO said it would bring back its high-brow western series Deadwood that the premium cable channel has new leadership, and everyone’s still waiting for series creator David Milch to deliver a script.

But even then, HBO programming head Casey Bloys told Yahoo News, any type of revival of Deadwood is still a long ways off.

Starring Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane and Molly Parker, HBO ran Deadwood between 2004 and 2006. The series tackled 1870s Deadwood, South Dakota, utilizing some of the real early pioneers to bring a rich story about the lawless frontier to life.

HBO ended the series after its third season, leaving a lot of loose ends for the show. And ever since, talk has centered around the channel doing some type of closure, even if it was in the form of a television movie.

Yet, even that hasn’t happened, despite HBO’s declaration a year ago that some type of Deadwood revival would indeed happen. Now, Bloys says those revival plans aren’t so certain.

“I couldn’t even put odd on it. I don’t want to get your hopes up or disappoint you in any way, so I’ll just say I don’t have any news. Which I truly don’t.”

While we might know what happened to many of the characters like Olyphant’s Seth Bullock and McShane’s foul-mouth saloon owner Al Swearengen in real life, there are still fans who would like to see it played out. (Bullock would become a U.S. Marshal, and build a hotel, while Swearengen was either killed trying to hop a moving train, or was murdered.)

Especially since in reality, the real town of Deadwood was mostly destroyed by a fire not long after the third season left off, which destroyed some 300 buildings and forcing the town to start over again. It’s probably impossible for any writer to give up on a chance to go out in a blaze of glory like what history is handing Milch on a silver platter.

Deadwood earned seven Emmy wins on 22 nominations, including a statue for director Walter Hill for his work on the series pilot.

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