History Series / Deadwood

5th Mar '18 7:53:49 AM Scifimaster92
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* ClusterFBomb: Director David Milch originally attempted to use period accurate swearing. Swearing used to be more about religion, and old curse terms simply don't carry the right impact. [[RealityIsUnrealistic In test screenings the audiences found it laughable]] -- the characters sounded like Yosemite Sam. So Milch made the decision to use modern swear words to reflect the crudity of a frontier mining camp. In the words of Geoffrey Nunberg: "If you have your characters use historically accurate swearwords, they're apt to sound no more offensive than your grandmother in a mild snit." That said, ''Deadwood'' contains a lot of swearing. It's got an average of 1.56 uses of "fuck" per minute of footage.

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* ClusterFBomb: Director David Milch originally attempted to use period accurate swearing. Swearing used to be more about religion, and old curse terms simply don't carry the right impact. [[RealityIsUnrealistic In test screenings the audiences found it laughable]] -- the characters sounded like [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Yosemite Sam.Sam]]. So Milch made the decision to use modern swear words to reflect the crudity of a frontier mining camp. In the words of Geoffrey Nunberg: "If you have your characters use historically accurate swearwords, they're apt to sound no more offensive than your grandmother in a mild snit." That said, ''Deadwood'' contains a lot of swearing. It's got an average of 1.56 uses of "fuck" per minute of footage.
4th Mar '18 11:08:10 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* MeaningfulName: The owner of the horse livery is named Hostetler, which seems chosen to evoke the word "hostler," someone who cares for horses.
9th Feb '18 12:33:20 AM TrollBrutal
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* AndThatWouldBeWrong: Subverted (in that both men have done far worse) when Swearengen talks to Toland Hearst as "white devils."

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* AndThatWouldBeWrong: Subverted (in that both men have done far worse) when Swearengen talks to Toland Tolliver about the "hooples."
-->'''Swearengen:''' Sometimes I wish we could hit them over the head, rob them, and throw their bodies in the creek.
-->'''Tolliver:''' (Dryly sarcastic) But that would be wrong...
* {{Anticlimax}}: The third and last season of the show, after building up the tension between Hearst and the townspeople throughout the season, including Al recruiting a gang of {{Mooks}} to battle Hearst's Mooks, ends with no battle and no confrontation, but the total surrender of the town to Hearst, who gets everything he wanted. Bullock's "I've never met a bully who wasn't afraid" farewell speech to Hearst doesn't really disguise this. Bullock admits as much, saying he feels defeated. This is partially because the show was originally supposed to have a fourth season (and then [[DevelopmentHell two feature length movies that never got made]], but it got cut short. Even so, history dictates Hearst lived and his mine was profitable.
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: Main characters: Ellsworth. Supporting characters: Hostetler, Leon, Reverend Smith, Brom Garret, Wild Bill, Seth Bullock's son William, Francis Wolcott, Maddie, Captain Joe Turner, and a host of lesser characters. Of course, history books will spoil some of these.]]
* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
** The series researched Deadwood's history very well, but takes many liberties with events and characters.
** Random Cornish miners are shown conversing together in Cornish, but the language had effectively died out by this time. In fact, the actors are actually speaking Gaelic.
* AscendedExtra: Richardson, Farnum's cook, was originally cast as an extra. By season three, he gets a fairly substantial amount of screentime.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish:
-->- Why don't you learn to talk American?!
-->- '''WU KNOWS ENGRISHEN!!'''
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Al's infamous third-season torture scene is shocking]] but remember, the guy he does it to stomped on another guy's foot so hard it had to be ''amputated'', ''just to be a dick''.
* AxCrazy: Wolcott is a twisted psychopath who ultimately comes unhinged in "Something Very Expensive." He's so crazy that Hearst, who employs countless professional murderers, has to fire him.
* BadassBoast: Played straight with a number of characters, but memorably averted with, "Jack [=McCall=] runs from no man." Immediately preceding his running right out of the building.
* BadassMoustache: Swearengen,Tolliver and Bullock all qualify for this trope
* BadassPreacher: Andy Cramed is no slouch despite being a late convert, especially after he [[spoiler:gut-stabs Tolliver in the second season finale]].
-->"God is not mocked, Cy."
* TheBartender: Swearengen, unless he's busy killin' hooples. Dan and Johnny when Al is busy with more important things.
* BeingGoodSucks: Most of the time in the show doing the right thing is either extremely hard or comes with severe consequences. In particular, Bullock ends up getting the short end of the stick many times.
* BerserkButton:
** NiceGuy Ellsworth has a seething and justified hatred for George Hearst and his cronies.
** The otherwise mild-mannered Charlie Utter unleashes a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown after hearing of Wolcott's crimes.
** Mr Wu, a man of questionable scruples who [[FedToPigs uses pigs to dispose of corpses]], is outraged when he discovers the burning of the Chinese prostitutes' corpses by Mr Lee.
* BetaCouple: Sol and Trixie. Ironically, they're the ones who end up semi-happy.
* BigBad: Hearst once he shows up. Swearengen has shades of it but his raw charisma and grayish moments buries it.
* BilingualBonus: When attempting to explain to Mr. Wu (who knows about a dozen words of English, including "white cocksucka!") that he and Hearst are not allies, Swearengen refers to them both as "baak gwai lo," a term he's heard Wu use in anger. It helps explain Wu's confusion--and is also ironically appropriate to the characters--if you know that Swearengen just referred to himself and
Hearst as "white devils."
7th Feb '18 9:59:13 AM hullflyer
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* AndThatWouldBeWrong: Subverted (in that both men have done far worse) when Swearengen talks to Tolliver about the "hooples."
-->'''Swearengen:''' Sometimes I wish we could hit them over the head, rob them, and throw their bodies in the creek.
-->'''Tolliver:''' (Dryly sarcastic) But that would be wrong...
* {{Anticlimax}}: The third and last season of the show, after building up the tension between Hearst and the townspeople throughout the season, including Al recruiting a gang of {{Mooks}} to battle Hearst's Mooks, ends with no battle and no confrontation, but the total surrender of the town to Hearst, who gets everything he wanted. Bullock's "I've never met a bully who wasn't afraid" farewell speech to Hearst doesn't really disguise this. Bullock admits as much, saying he feels defeated. This is partially because the show was originally supposed to have a fourth season (and then [[DevelopmentHell two feature length movies that never got made]], but it got cut short. Even so, history dictates Hearst lived and his mine was profitable.
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: Main characters: Ellsworth. Supporting characters: Hostetler, Leon, Reverend Smith, Brom Garret, Wild Bill, Seth Bullock's son William, Francis Wolcott, Maddie, Captain Joe Turner, and a host of lesser characters. Of course, history books will spoil some of these.]]
* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
** The series researched Deadwood's history very well, but takes many liberties with events and characters.
** Random Cornish miners are shown conversing together in Cornish, but the language had effectively died out by this time. In fact, the actors are actually speaking Gaelic.
* AscendedExtra: Richardson, Farnum's cook, was originally cast as an extra. By season three, he gets a fairly substantial amount of screentime.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish:
-->- Why don't you learn to talk American?!
-->- '''WU KNOWS ENGRISHEN!!'''
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Al's infamous third-season torture scene is shocking]] but remember, the guy he does it to stomped on another guy's foot so hard it had to be ''amputated'', ''just to be a dick''.
* AxCrazy: Wolcott is a twisted psychopath who ultimately comes unhinged in "Something Very Expensive." He's so crazy that Hearst, who employs countless professional murderers, has to fire him.
* BadassBoast: Played straight with a number of characters, but memorably averted with, "Jack [=McCall=] runs from no man." Immediately preceding his running right out of the building.
* BadassMoustache: Swearengen,Tolliver and Bullock all qualify for this trope
* BadassPreacher: Andy Cramed is no slouch despite being a late convert, especially after he [[spoiler:gut-stabs Tolliver in the second season finale]].
-->"God is not mocked, Cy."
* TheBartender: Swearengen, unless he's busy killin' hooples. Dan and Johnny when Al is busy with more important things.
* BeingGoodSucks: Most of the time in the show doing the right thing is either extremely hard or comes with severe consequences. In particular, Bullock ends up getting the short end of the stick many times.
* BerserkButton:
** NiceGuy Ellsworth has a seething and justified hatred for George Hearst and his cronies.
** The otherwise mild-mannered Charlie Utter unleashes a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown after hearing of Wolcott's crimes.
** Mr Wu, a man of questionable scruples who [[FedToPigs uses pigs to dispose of corpses]], is outraged when he discovers the burning of the Chinese prostitutes' corpses by Mr Lee.
* BetaCouple: Sol and Trixie. Ironically, they're the ones who end up semi-happy.
* BigBad: Hearst once he shows up. Swearengen has shades of it but his raw charisma and grayish moments buries it.
* BilingualBonus: When attempting to explain to Mr. Wu (who knows about a dozen words of English, including "white cocksucka!") that he and Hearst are not allies, Swearengen refers to them both as "baak gwai lo," a term he's heard Wu use in anger. It helps explain Wu's confusion--and is also ironically appropriate to the characters--if you know that Swearengen just referred to himself and Hearst as "white devils."

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* AndThatWouldBeWrong: Subverted (in that both men have done far worse) when Swearengen talks to Tolliver about the "hooples."
-->'''Swearengen:''' Sometimes I wish we could hit them over the head, rob them, and throw their bodies in the creek.
-->'''Tolliver:''' (Dryly sarcastic) But that would be wrong...
* {{Anticlimax}}: The third and last season of the show, after building up the tension between Hearst and the townspeople throughout the season, including Al recruiting a gang of {{Mooks}} to battle Hearst's Mooks, ends with no battle and no confrontation, but the total surrender of the town to Hearst, who gets everything he wanted. Bullock's "I've never met a bully who wasn't afraid" farewell speech to Hearst doesn't really disguise this. Bullock admits as much, saying he feels defeated. This is partially because the show was originally supposed to have a fourth season (and then [[DevelopmentHell two feature length movies that never got made]], but it got cut short. Even so, history dictates Hearst lived and his mine was profitable.
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: Main characters: Ellsworth. Supporting characters: Hostetler, Leon, Reverend Smith, Brom Garret, Wild Bill, Seth Bullock's son William, Francis Wolcott, Maddie, Captain Joe Turner, and a host of lesser characters. Of course, history books will spoil some of these.]]
* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
** The series researched Deadwood's history very well, but takes many liberties with events and characters.
** Random Cornish miners are shown conversing together in Cornish, but the language had effectively died out by this time. In fact, the actors are actually speaking Gaelic.
* AscendedExtra: Richardson, Farnum's cook, was originally cast as an extra. By season three, he gets a fairly substantial amount of screentime.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish:
-->- Why don't you learn to talk American?!
-->- '''WU KNOWS ENGRISHEN!!'''
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Al's infamous third-season torture scene is shocking]] but remember, the guy he does it to stomped on another guy's foot so hard it had to be ''amputated'', ''just to be a dick''.
* AxCrazy: Wolcott is a twisted psychopath who ultimately comes unhinged in "Something Very Expensive." He's so crazy that Hearst, who employs countless professional murderers, has to fire him.
* BadassBoast: Played straight with a number of characters, but memorably averted with, "Jack [=McCall=] runs from no man." Immediately preceding his running right out of the building.
* BadassMoustache: Swearengen,Tolliver and Bullock all qualify for this trope
* BadassPreacher: Andy Cramed is no slouch despite being a late convert, especially after he [[spoiler:gut-stabs Tolliver in the second season finale]].
-->"God is not mocked, Cy."
* TheBartender: Swearengen, unless he's busy killin' hooples. Dan and Johnny when Al is busy with more important things.
* BeingGoodSucks: Most of the time in the show doing the right thing is either extremely hard or comes with severe consequences. In particular, Bullock ends up getting the short end of the stick many times.
* BerserkButton:
** NiceGuy Ellsworth has a seething and justified hatred for George Hearst and his cronies.
** The otherwise mild-mannered Charlie Utter unleashes a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown after hearing of Wolcott's crimes.
** Mr Wu, a man of questionable scruples who [[FedToPigs uses pigs to dispose of corpses]], is outraged when he discovers the burning of the Chinese prostitutes' corpses by Mr Lee.
* BetaCouple: Sol and Trixie. Ironically, they're the ones who end up semi-happy.
* BigBad: Hearst once he shows up. Swearengen has shades of it but his raw charisma and grayish moments buries it.
* BilingualBonus: When attempting to explain to Mr. Wu (who knows about a dozen words of English, including "white cocksucka!") that he and Hearst are not allies, Swearengen refers to them both as "baak gwai lo," a term he's heard Wu use in anger. It helps explain Wu's confusion--and is also ironically appropriate to the characters--if you know that Swearengen just referred to himself and
Toland Hearst as "white devils."



* TarAndFeathers: In "Complications", Samuel Fields, the "Nigger General", is tarred at a scalding temperature on the shoulder by a lynch mob leader, before the procedure is interrupted by sheriff Seth Bullock. The tar is then painstakingly but painfully stripped off his shoulder by Calamity Jane.

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* TarAndFeathers: In "Complications", Samuel Fields, the "Nigger General", is tarred at a scalding temperature on the shoulder by a lynch mob leader, before the procedure is interrupted by sheriff Seth Bullock. The tar is then painstakingly but slowly and painfully stripped off his shoulder by Calamity Jane.
28th Sep '17 5:09:26 PM ClintEastwood
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Two feature-length finales were planned, but never materialized.
16th Aug '17 4:01:31 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AxCrazy: Wolcott, most spectacularly in the episode "Something Very Expensive". He's too crazy even for Hearst--who himself cheerfully takes ''an actual axe'' to people who displease him--to continue to employ.

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* AxCrazy: Wolcott, most spectacularly Wolcott is a twisted psychopath who ultimately comes unhinged in the episode "Something Very Expensive". Expensive." He's too so crazy even for Hearst--who himself cheerfully takes ''an actual axe'' to people that Hearst, who displease him--to continue employs countless professional murderers, has to employ.fire him.



* BilingualDialogue: In a teeth-clenched way Al and Wu do manage to understand each other. One time where Al is sick and not available Dority remarks he is not smart enough for those puzzled conversations

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* BilingualDialogue: In a teeth-clenched way way, Al and Wu do manage to understand each other. One time where Al is sick and not available Dority remarks he is not smart enough for those puzzled conversations



** Merrick is about to throw his hat into the ring for the temporary mayoralty, but gets cut off. That night, he states to himself that he's not sought a political position because the fourth estate is more important. He then glares at Mayor Farnum with obvious envy.

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** Merrick is about to throw his hat into the ring for the temporary mayoralty, but gets cut off. That night, he states to himself that he's not he hasn't sought a political position because the fourth estate is more important. He then glares at Mayor Farnum with obvious envy.



* CallBack: In an early episode, Swearengen suggests saying "free gratis" instead of just "gratis" on a public announcement. Later, when Farnum asks if government positions will be assigned "ad hoc," Swearengen grouses, "Yeah. Ad hoc, free gratis."

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* CallBack: In an early episode, Swearengen suggests saying "free gratis" instead of just "gratis" on a public announcement. Later, when When Farnum asks if government town positions will be assigned "ad hoc," "''ad hoc''," Swearengen grouses, "Yeah. Ad hoc, mutters, "''Ad hoc'' ... free gratis."''gratis''," calling back to a previous conversation about [[AltumVidetur gratuitous Latin]].



* CityMouse: The Garrets

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* CityMouse: The GarretsGarrets are city swells who treat being in Deadwood almost as if they're on safari.



* DrowningTheirSorrows: With all the heavy drinking in the show, a lot of it is caused by sadness. Jane is particularly prone to spending days in drunken stupors.



* FrontierDoctor: Doc Cochran, with a bit of DrJerk thrown in.

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* FrontierDoctor: Doc Cochran, with a bit of DrJerk thrown in.who is implied to have been pushed to his remote practice by his grave robbing charges and alcoholism.



* GoingColdTurkey: Alma Garret.
* GoodIsNotNice: Doc Cochran is a mean-tempered, irritable sonofabitch at the best of times, but he cares deeply for the health of everyone in the town and for human life in general. It is revealed that his work treating casualties of the Civil War strongly shaped his desire to see people free from pain and death.

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* GoingColdTurkey: Alma Garret.
Garret has to do this with her addiction to laudanum.
* GoodIsNotNice: Doc Cochran is a mean-tempered, irritable sonofabitch at the best of times, but he cares deeply for the health of everyone in the town and for human life in general. It is revealed that his work treating casualties of the Civil War strongly shaped his desire to see people free from pain and death.suffering.



* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: Inverted with Charlie Utter. The real Charlie Utter had flowing blond locks and dressed in fine clothes and carried a pair of pistols with pearl handles. He even bathed daily which was extremely unusual at the time.

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* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: Inverted with Charlie Utter. The real Charlie Utter had flowing blond locks and dressed in fine clothes and carried a pair of pistols with pearl handles. He even bathed daily daily, which was extremely unusual at the time.time. On the show, he's a portly, balding man who wears fraying, plain clothing.



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Trixie.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Trixie.Trixie has a sharp tongue, but she does care about people.



* {{Irony}}: Brom Garret suspects he was cheated because he can't find gold in the concession he just bought and threatens Al Swerengen with an investigation. Swerengen suggests he look in the mountains instead of in the river [[spoiler: and orders Brom to be thrown off a cliff in an apparent [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident accident]]. The place he lands on? An unknown gold vein.]]

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* {{Irony}}: Brom Garret suspects he was cheated because he can't find gold in the concession he just bought and threatens Al Swerengen Swearengen with an investigation. Swerengen Swearengen suggests he look in the mountains instead of in the river [[spoiler: and orders Brom to be thrown off a cliff in an apparent [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident accident]]. The place he lands on? An unknown gold vein.]]



* LadyDrunk: Calamity Jane wears this trope like a badge of honour.

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* LadyDrunk: Calamity Jane wears this trope like is prone to drinking herself into a badge of honour.drunken stupor, often because [[DrowningTheirSorrows she's depressed]].



** Ellsworth is a cheerful nice guy, and well-liked by just about every character in the camp. His violent hatred of Hearst is thus a case of OOCIsSeriousBusiness.

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** Ellsworth is a cheerful cheerful, nice guy, and well-liked by just about every character in the camp. His violent hatred of Hearst is thus a case of OOCIsSeriousBusiness.



* NoEnding: Two full-length movies were proposed to close the show, but never came to pass. The show is now officially dead.

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* NoEnding: Two full-length movies were proposed to close the show, but never came to pass. The show is now officially dead.was canceled after its third season, which provided no conclusion for the town or any of its characters beyond [[spoiler:Hearst leaving town]]. One or two concluding films have occasionally been close to going into production, but have not.



* NonSequitur: During the camp meeting to establish a government, Eddie suddenly asks women will have equal opportunity to open brothels. No one understands what this has to do with anything. The viewer knows, however, that Eddie is looking out for Joanie's business interest.

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* NonSequitur: During the camp meeting to establish a government, Eddie suddenly whether asks women will have equal opportunity to open brothels. No one understands what this has to do with anything. The viewer knows, however, that Eddie is looking out for Joanie's business interest.



* StealthInsult: Disgusted by the innocent verdict of Jack [=McCall=], Merrick raises a toast at the Gem, stating that if it were ever his misfortune to kill a man, he'd want it to happen in Deadwood. This is taken from the real Merrick's actual article on the trial.

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* StealthInsult: Disgusted by the innocent verdict of Jack [=McCall=], [=McCall=]'s acquittal, Merrick raises a toast at the Gem, stating that if it were ever his misfortune to kill a man, he'd want it to happen in Deadwood. This is taken from the real Merrick's actual article on the trial.



* UpperClassTwit: Brom Garret. More or less averted with Alma, who's much more canny about people and has the sense to consult experts on things she doesn't know about.

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* UpperClassTwit: Brom Garret. More or less averted with Alma, who's much more canny about people Garret comes from an upperclass background and has is clearly out of his element in the sense to consult experts on things she doesn't know about.cut-throat town of Deadwood. He's easily duped [[spoiler:and later murdered]].



* WesternUnionMan: Blazanov.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Two feature-length finales were planned, but aren't going to happen.

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* WesternUnionMan: Blazanov.
Blazanov, who is almost pathologically dedicated to the integrity of his profession.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Two feature-length finales were planned, but aren't going to happen.never materialized.
16th Aug '17 3:28:19 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* CallBack: In an early episode, Swearengen suggests saying "free gratis" instead of just "gratis" on a public announcement. Later, when Farnum asks if government positions will be assigned "ad hoc," Swearengen grouses, "Yeah. Ad hoc, free gratis."
3rd Aug '17 4:24:09 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first episode, Swearengen wears a dapper waistcoat beneath his suit jacket and has the points of his mustache waxed. In the rest of the series, these costuming details are removed to give him a more rustic look.
28th May '17 8:42:26 AM DevinMeenan
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''Deadwood'' premiered on March 21, 2004 and ended after 36 episodes on August 27, 2006. Early in 2016, HBO announced they were working with Milch to create a concluding film for the story.

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''Deadwood'' premiered on March 21, 2004 and ended after 36 episodes on August 27, 2006. Early in 2016, HBO announced they were working with Milch to create a concluding film for the story.story, with McShane confirming a script had been completed in April 2017.
12th Dec '16 1:36:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* QuickDraw: Bullock and Wild Bill quick-draw their pistols to kill a murderous highwayman. Bullock establishes his BadAss credentials by drawing about as fast as the legendary gunfighter, though he modestly gives the edge to Bill.

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* QuickDraw: Bullock and Wild Bill quick-draw their pistols to kill a murderous highwayman. Bullock establishes his BadAss badass credentials by drawing about as fast as the legendary gunfighter, though he modestly gives the edge to Bill.
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