The list of TV series cancelled too soon is long. Acclaimed shows like “Carnivale,” “Firefly,” “Journeyman,” “Freaks and Geeks,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Terriers,” “Angel,” “Undeclared” and many more line bargain basement DVD bins when all should have had at least one more season to really soar.
One of the most painful loses though was that of one of TV’s greatest character dramas – HBO’s western “Deadwood”. Creator David Milch’s show wrapped its third season back in 2006 and was put on hold. Though never officially canceled, it has effectively been axed and the cast have gone on to other projects.
Nevertheless the love for that show is still there, not just from fans but those who worked on it. One such person is “Gone Girl” actress Kim Dickens who attended the 66th Annual Emmy Awards over the weekend and was asked by TV Line about the show’s demise:
“Deadwood still hurts. The fact that we didn’t get to wrap up that story, and really not a day goes by that, or at this point, a couple of days goes by that someone doesn’t ask about it. If we are going to finish it or not.”
Dickens played Joanie Stubbs, the former madam of Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe) at the Bella Union. During the red carpet interview she was asked about a possible revival of the series:
“You know what, join the club, because we all feel sort of heartbroken for it, and for David. He’s the true creative genius behind it, and he knew he needed four seasons, that’s it. He had a perfect wrapping it up place. You know, I’ve spoken to him about it, and I think he harbors a hope and he’s always open to the possibility.”
The biggest issue of course is scheduling with all the major cast members. For the first time in several years though, we’re approaching a point where the key actors (Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, John C. Hawkes, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif, etc.) aren’t committed to long term TV contracts or a bunch of film projects. Could it finally be the time to return to Deadwood?