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‘Deadwood’ Rides Again

Jun 5, 2006  •  Post A Comment

HBO has reached a deal with “Deadwood” creator David Milch to wrap up his neo-Western as a pair of two-hour movies, the network confirmed Monday.

The parties came to an agreement after several weeks of negotiating in public and private. HBO initially told Mr. Milch it was cutting his fourth season order to only six episodes. Mr. Milch declined the offer, later telling the Philadelphia Inquirer, “My old man used to say, ‘Never go anyplace where you’re only tolerated.'” Then HBO let the options expire on “Deadwood” actors’ contracts.

Fans and critics protested the apparent death of the series, which cost $5 million per episode to produce and has yielded mediocre ratings.

The third season of “Deadwood” is set to premiere June 11. An air date for the movies has not been set.