‘Deadwood’ rides again (Variety)

Milch, net agree on pair of specials for series finale

By DENISE MARTIN

“Deadwood” lives.

After a month of what seemed like public negotiating, HBO and “Deadwood” creator-exec producer David Milch have kissed and made up, as it were, agreeing to produce a pair of two-hour specials that will serve as the show’s series finale.

While Milch’s grisly Western had been presumed a goner last month after HBO announced it would not be renewing options on the large cast (Daily Variety, May 12), HBO said Sunday that the series and its fans would get closure in what amounts to a four-hour event.

HBO will have to renegotiate new deals — now for a pair of two-hours as opposed to a full season — with all of the players. Although no one is locked into continuing with “Deadwood,” an HBO reprep said the network was confident in reaching all the deals necessary to proceed with the show in its new incarnation.

No decisions had been made about a production start date or a premiere date.

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