>> Friday, July 11, 2008
JANE: That it ain't been previously swallowed.
Although not officially a "booze movie," HBO's Deadwood featured stronger writing, acting, and direction than 99% of the films that hit the multiplex since the show premiered in March of 2004. Deadwood was also no slouch in the booze department. With the majority of the action centered within three saloons--"The Gem," "The Bella Union," and "The No. 10"--Deadwood was wetter than The Wet Parade.
When HBO unceremoniously canceled the show after 36 episodes, it was with the promise that Deadwood would return for two made-for-television movies, which would send the series out in style. Now, 26 months later, comes official word that those films just ain't gonna happen. As Al Swearengen once said, "Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh."
Drink a toast to Deadwood this evening, and be grateful that we enjoyed three seasons of television that was better than any of us deserved. That said, HBO sucks cocks by choice.
Deadwood: The Complete Series (DVD)
Deadwood: Stories of the Black Hills (Hardcover)