If you were to sit down and hammer out a list of the best modern television shows that feel like they represent everything the medium can accomplish while quietly pushing media and culture to another level with their prodding, impossible-to-exaggerate greatness, HBO‘s Deadwood would be in the top five. Top three, if you decide to not kid yourself. It was a good show. You should watch it. Call your parents and get their HBO Go password, kids.
Unfortunately, David Milch‘s profane, beautiful and immersive western series was cancelled too early, concluding after three seasons with a final episode that was a fine season finale but a lackluster series finale. But now, HBO says that the series will finally get to go out in a blaze of glory with a proper Deadwood movie. Which is great news! But temper your expectations, hold on to your horses, etc. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this kind of news.
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Yesterday, actor Garret Dillahunt tweeted “So uh…I’m hearing credible rumors about a #Deadwood movie.” I had the same reaction to that tweet that a lot of other people seemed to have: don’t even play around with this. Deadwood is serious business. Canceled in 2006 after three great seasons and a less than satisfying conclusion, there was talk at the time of two Deadwood movies to finish out David Milch‘s obsessive and idiosyncratic western vision. Those movies never happened.
But now HBO confirms that, yes, there has been some talk about a Deadwood movie. Really early talk, but that’s better than nothing. Read More »
Eastbound and Down is ending after its upcoming season, but Danny McBride and Jody Hill want to stay on HBO. Word out of the TCA’s is the duo are working on a high school based show for HBO in the future.
Also, David Milch, who produced Luck, Deadwood and John From Cincinnati, is back at the network, working on a show called The Money. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Is The Office about to lose another boss? After the jump:
- Paul Lieberstein steps down as Office showrunner
- Mindy Kaling’s Fox pilot casts Ed Helms, Bill Hader, and Richard Schiff
- Dan Harmon feels optimistic-ish about Community‘s future
- Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu are Sherlock and Watson
- David Milch and Michael Mann open up about Luck
- HBO releases still more Game of Thrones marketing
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Michael Mann and David Milch have had difficulty with their HBO series Luck, which follows characters connected through a horse racing track. The series has struggled to find an audience, but was picked up for a second season. During the production of the first season, however, two horses were injured and euthanized during the shoot. That led the American Humane Association to oversee the implementation of new safety protocols, and shooting resumed.
This week, however, a third horse had to be euthanized after rearing up and falling backwards while being led to stable. The euthanization was due to a head injury that resulted from the fall. While that particular injury is reportedly not uncommon, it was the last straw for the show. HBO said at first that the production would carry on without scenes involving horses, but now the network has decided to cancel the series altogether. Read More »
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Did you think the dialogue in Deadwood was too dense, perhaps even impenetrable? Then close this browser and run away, fast. For everyone else, especially those who loved the conversations that were the heart of Deadwood, get ready: series creator David Milch is turning his eye to the works of William Faulkner.
Granted, Faulkner’s dialogue, in novels like As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury, isn’t always as dense as his descriptive prose. (And sometimes, as in the stream of consciousness segments of The Sound and the Fury, or the points where the dialogue is the descriptive prose, it is the sort of thing that could challenge even Milch. ) Still, there is something very exciting about the idea of one of our most compellingly bookish TV producers working with stories from one of America’s signature authors. The two seem very well-suited for one another. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
There’s plenty of good stuff in today’s TV Bits, including new trailers for HBO’s Luck and Showtime’s House of Lies, which I’m hoping will help the one bit of really bad news go down a bit easier: NBC’s benching its highly praised but under-watched Community. After the jump:
- NBC puts Community on hiatus and picks up new show Legends
- HBO’s Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, gets a trailer
- Showrunner Matthew Weiner reveals how he wants AMC’s Mad Men to end
- Showtime renews Weeds and drops a teaser for House of Lies
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Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
Though the small screen retains an unfair reputation as a lesser medium — think of all the snobby types who’ll brag about not owning a television, but would never be so dismissive about books or movies — the truth is that the medium varies as much as any other. Today’s TV Bits runs the gamut from highbrow (a literary adaptation on HBO) to lowbrow (a modeling industry reality show on The CW), with plenty of stuff in between. After the jump:
- Noah Baumbach’s Jonathan Franzen adaptation The Corrections is a go at HBO
- HBO will offer an early look at its highly anticipated Luck next month
- Fox puts new eps of Alcatraz on hold while it goes back for reshoots
- Burt Reynolds signs on to guest star on FX’s Archer
- Summer Glau joins Tricia Helfer on TNT’s Scent of the Missing
- The CW announces start dates for its midseason shows
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Michael Mann (Heat) and David Milch (Deadwood) have collaborated on Luck, a new HBO series that takes place in the world of horse racing. Dustin Hoffman plays what looks like this series’ rough equivalent to Al Swearingen, and Nick Nolte, Richard Kind, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Joan Allen, Ian Hart, Kevin Dunn, Kerry Condon, Tom Payne and Patrick J. Adams all have roles.
We saw a brief bit of footage back in April thanks to an in-production featurette. Now we’ve got the real, if all-too-brief teaser trailer for the series. As you’d hope for a show created by Mann and Milch and featuring that cast, Luck looks pretty fantastic. Check it out below. Read More »