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thebinmann Inactive Member08 Oct 2009 9:33 p.m. PST


has left TMP for good Inactive Member08 Oct 2009 9:38 p.m. PST

HBO didn't want to pay for it, as sets and what not were getting bigger and pricier. Same as with Rome.

kyoteblue Inactive Member08 Oct 2009 9:45 p.m. PST


Personal logo Gungnir Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2009 9:58 p.m. PST

Yes, great series. I especially appreciated the cultured understated subtle use of language.

Personal logo Ivan DBA Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2009 10:11 p.m. PST

The sets for Rome burned down.

phicks108 Oct 2009 10:57 p.m. PST

I thought it was because the writer wanted to end the story and go on to write other material.

Madmike1 Inactive Member08 Oct 2009 11:25 p.m. PST

It became very lame in the last few shows.

Space Monkey Inactive Member08 Oct 2009 11:28 p.m. PST

I'd heard the same as Phicks1… along with the story that the original pitch was for a series about Rome… but since one was already beginning production it mutated into what became Deadwood.

Personal logo mmitchell Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member08 Oct 2009 11:36 p.m. PST

At the time I read the writer/producer got tired of it. The thing was filmed on location, and that lead to very unpleasant working conditions.

However, those were just rumors.

Here's an actual article on the subject (take it with a grain of salt, though): link

McWong7308 Oct 2009 11:46 p.m. PST

From what I've read with both series it was a combination of high production costs and not super high ratings.

Loved both, though Deadwood I found suffered once Swearengin and Bullock were on the same side. Once they started working together their relationship started to suffer. Also found that too many of their characters were either underutilised or poorly executed in later seasons – think Trixie in the last season, all she really did was wander about town looking haggard, chain smoking and talking about "Jew lessons".

Rome…I can't blame them for putting the pedal to the metal and accelerating the time line, but it was very jarring.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2009 7:45 a.m. PST

They pilled the plug on Deadwood once they realized that I never watched it.

Lee Brilleaux Fezian09 Oct 2009 7:50 a.m. PST

"They pilled the plug on Deadwood once they realized that I never watched it."

John, you are too damned old to be in an attractive demographic for the advertisers.

If 22 year olds with disposable income had liked it, it would still be on (writers be damned, as they usually are).

Plus, it's hard to do effective product placement for a show set in an 1870s mining camp. Chewing tobacco? Colt.45 ammo? Union suits?

mjkerner Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2009 7:56 a.m. PST

Maybe because it sucked so bad?

thebinmann Inactive Member09 Oct 2009 7:57 a.m. PST

It became very lame in the last few shows.

Yeah But I guess that was because half way through season 4 was cancelled, so there was no show down with Hearst.

I did hear talk of a 2 ep special but it never came to be

nycjadie Inactive Member09 Oct 2009 9:15 a.m. PST

The real deal is that David Milch is an insufferable artist who has struggled with success and heroin/alcohol addiction. He threw a fit about wanting to do his stupid surfer/alien show on HBO. HBO finally gave him the green light to do it but they wanted him to continue with Deadwood. His surfer show bombed. It was probably the worst show cable television has ever done. Milch then agreed to do 2 2-hour specials or something along these lines to wrap up Deadwood, but it seems they have never materialized. Milch killed the show himself. In fact, HBO was making a killing on DVD sales of the show and helped them set a few records that year in boxed DVD sales.

I loved the show. The town was the main character in the show and it's ability to stay together in a lawless place. In truth, the show began to suffer when the town became more cohesive. It formed the plot and tension in the show.

Steve (who thought it would have been a great series)

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2009 9:57 a.m. PST

Loved the first season, especaly Keith Carradine as wild bill, loved his look and take on the character, I knew he had to die, but I realy missed him when he did.

thebinmann Inactive Member09 Oct 2009 10:03 a.m. PST

Yeah he rocked! But Utter is cool too

phicks109 Oct 2009 10:06 a.m. PST

If you enjoyed the Utter role you will love his character in "Sons Of Anarchy".

cosmicbank09 Oct 2009 10:47 a.m. PST

Maybe the writing got stale how many times can you use %^&*%$# or &*%# and %$#@*& (*&^% ^^%$$ before it gets old. at least they never said %$#@*(&^%$#%&

Doctor X09 Oct 2009 11:11 a.m. PST

Are you &$@&$#$#^((*&^@%ing kidding me?

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2009 11:40 a.m. PST

You are both *bleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep* out of your minds

aecurtis Fezian Inactive Member09 Oct 2009 3:51 p.m. PST

>>> If you enjoyed the Utter role you will love his character in "Sons Of Anarchy".


kyoteblue Inactive Member09 Oct 2009 6:52 p.m. PST


mandt209 Oct 2009 8:50 p.m. PST

It was a great series. But it was ended rather abruptly. Too bad. It needed one more season. Soon after the series takes place, the Gem burned down and Swearengen moved on to Frisco. What better way to wrap up the series.

How about some Deadwood pancakes:

YouTube link

Acharnement10 Oct 2009 4:24 a.m. PST

I think they ran out of swear words.

11th ACR10 Oct 2009 10:44 a.m. PST

This says it all!

YouTube link

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