If you were addicted to the HBO series Deadwood, welcome to the club. If you were left hanging and disappointed when the series stopped without closure after three seasons, welcome to that club too. News is breaking that should cause us to rejoice. The Deadwood jig is not up. It’s back on, but not all our wishes are being granted.
Head of HBO programming Casey Bloys told press at a Television Critics Association tour that a Deadwood movie is in the works. The movie will air next year. So there’s no Season 4, but maybe at least we’ll get closure over some matters left hanging.
Bloys didn’t say which characters from the original series will be cast, but we can hope for the likes of the complex Ian McShane, the ever-charming Timothy Olyphant, and the volatile Keone Young to return. Will the sheriff still be Olyphant’s character Seth Bullock? Have we seen the last of the dastardly Hearst?
HBO is now part of the AT&T brand, and we still don’t know what kind of changes are in store. Various media have said HBO plans to compete with Netflix. That’s a little puzzling, because most of us who pay for the luxury of HBO don’t tune in routinely, but we do tune in when there’s a repeat of a favorite movie or when there’s a riveting series like Deadwood and Game of Thrones.
With Netflix, you could find something to watch every day because there is a lot of unique content.
I confess I rarely watch TV, but I have found some addicting series on both HBO and Netflix.
We can also look forward to HBO’s final season of Game of Thrones. USA Today reported that Bloys told press at the TCA tour Game of Thrones will air in the first half of 2019.
Nothing’s more disturbing than ending a great series with much unresolved. Also disturbing is ending a great series with a whimper, as FX did with The Americans. At least HBO appears to want to give us some sort of closure for a series critics and just regular viewers loved.
(Kay B. Day/July 25, 2018)