boojam, on 27 November 2012 - 04:22 AM, said:
What do you mean by "one year hiatus' plan killed Deadwood"?
It was HBO that declined to produce a 4th full season of Deadwood, and I think because season 3 did not have a good cost to benifit ratio.
Two things to say about that the story (based on a fair approximation of a true story) really had come to and end with the arrival of Hearst and then with the involvement of the US goverment the Deadwood story was dead!
Series creator David Milch said he had enough material for two HBO movies to finish it off, but I don't think he really had enough material to do that.
Milch by season 3 of Deadwood had really moved on to his next series John from Cincinnati (which flopped). I get the impression Milch was finished with Deadwood in 2006.
(Of course HBO ran into the anonomly that both ROME and DEADWOOD did well as DVD release , I hope they learned something from that.)
As far as actor's contracts go, that is a mystery. I can see the beginers signing for 6 years , but the veterans , I have to wonder. Tho for many of the actors , even major ones, don't have to be 'on set' during full shoot and could have other work. In fact we know this goes on especially actors who do stage work.
There are several stories floating around about the Deadwood
situation. However, the one that has the most traction is that Milch wanted a break from Deadwood
to work on another project, John From Cincinatti
. The plan was to do the first season of that, then return to conclude Deadwood
with a fourth and final season. However, HBO was unable to afford to put the entire cast of Deadwood
on retainer. After Cincinatti
flopped, they were unable to regroup the original cast (who had scattered to other projects by that point). They continued trying to reassemble them, perhaps for two TV movies, but ultimately were unsuccessful. A variation on this take is that HBO did not want Milch dividing his time between two series simultaneously (since Cincinatti
was supposed to be an ongoing, IIRC, and a second season would have clashed with the planned fourth season of Deadwood
) and canned Deadwood
(rather prematurely, as it turned out). HBO did offer Milch six episodes to wrap things up with, but Milch rejected the plan as he wanted a full twelve-episode season.
Something that is unquestioned by any party is that Cincinatti
was in development before this decision was made. So the question arises, why did Milch not simply make Deadwood
Season 4, wrap the series up, and then
the following year. To my knowledge, Milch has never answered this (or even been asked it in any interview I've seen).