Variety reports that writer-producer David Milch and HBO have agreed to wrap up DEADWOOD with a pair of two-hour movies. HBO balked at renewing the very expensive western (reportedly nearly $5 million an episode) and paying to hold the 20 regular cast members until Milch could produce new episodes (he’s added a second HBO series to his committments).
For Milch, keeping "Deadwood" alive in some form
saves him having to prematurely end the show or work with a truncated
fourth season of six episodes, which HBO had initially offered. He is said to have worked with the network over the
weekend to give "Deadwood" a proper conclusion.
"I am thrilled that we were
able to figure out a way to continue," Milch said in a statement. "No
one was ready to let go of the show, and I’m really glad we’ve found a
way to proceed that works creatively."