Booze News: Deadwood R.I.P.

>> Friday, July 11, 2008

JOANIE (pouring drink): What's your preference?
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)


mr.thex July 13, 2008 at 1:35 PM  

this movie good one

tom o July 16, 2008 at 3:33 PM  

fuck HBO. they leave us hanging on Carnivale (the second season really picked up steam and was great), cancel John from Cincinnati, and now bail on Deadwood. But, of course, Entourage will run forever. Now, I can understand that there are zero production costs on a show about an actor in LA, but c'mon.

The Shark Guys July 17, 2008 at 10:47 PM  

"stronger writing, acting, and direction than 99% of the films that hit the multiplex since the show premiered in March of 2004."

Bang on friend.

Eric Strunk July 18, 2008 at 4:25 PM  

No Deadwood.
No Sopranos.
No Six Feet Under.

I don't even have HBO anymore.

Just found this blog today. Great work Garv. Keep it up.

garv July 18, 2008 at 4:57 PM  

Welcome Eric! I'm still hoping for another great HBO series, and I have enjoyed some of their specials, made-for-TV movies, and miniseries this year. But I can't see anything matching DEADWOOD for me. It has pushed ahead of THE PRISONER as my favorite show of all time.

As for current TV, I'm loving the new season of THE VENTURE BROS., and I'm looking forward to the return of MAD MEN.

Eric Strunk July 18, 2008 at 5:14 PM  

Not sure if you have a channel called MOJO, but you might want to check out a show called THREE SHEETS. Very informative and the host is pretty funny. I'm REALLY digging this season of the venture brothers. Also just got turned onto THE DEADLIEST CATCH . . . and i'm a die hard LOST fan . . . so i'm biding my time til next February.

Eric Strunk July 18, 2008 at 5:18 PM  

btw . . . how can i get my avatar to show up along with my comments?

Eric Strunk July 18, 2008 at 5:18 PM  

wait . . . i figured it out.

garv July 19, 2008 at 1:45 AM  

I'm also a big LOST fan. By the way, I just got back from THE DARK KNIGHT. Not much alcohol (as opposed to IRONMAN, HANCOCK, and HELLBOY II), but it is the best film of the summer. Ledger's Joker is the best screen villain since Hopkins' first outing as Hannibal Lecter.

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