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‘Deadwood’ to wrap with two specials

Cast options have lapsed, so contract negotiations loom
/ Source: The Associated Press

There will be life in “Deadwood” after this season, with HBO and series creator David Milch agreeing to wrap up the drama with a pair of two-hour specials.

The saga of the rough-and-tumble 19th-century mining town looked like it might end with its 12-episode third season, which begins this Sunday, when Milch and HBO couldn’t reach agreement on details of another year.

HBO had offered an abbreviated six-episode season. Milch wanted a dozen, because he constructs each episode to reflect a day in the town’s life and felt he couldn’t wrap the series in fewer, HBO spokeswoman Nancy Lesser said Tuesday.

The deal for the two specials, suggested by Milch, was reached over the weekend, she said.

“It allows him to work on a broader canvas through these specials,” Lesser said. “He found a way to bring closure to the narrative and remain true to the themes of the material and spirit of the characters.”

When and how the specials will air, whether back-to-back or otherwise, has yet to be determined.

Options for the large ensemble cast, which includes Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant, had been allowed to lapse for season four so contract negotiations for the specials are ahead, Lesser said.

Milch also is focusing on another series in development for HBO with the working title of “John From Cincinnati,” a surfer drama set in California.