‘Deadwood’ to re-air on DirecTV

Posted by · 10:23 am · May 22nd, 2009

Ian McShane in DeadwoodDavid Milch’s “Deadwood” was, to my mind, the best show on TV until it was unceremoniously canceled in 2006.  It’s heartbreaking that its many complex plot threads were left twisting in the wind and that, in all likelihood, Milch will never bother with the feature films he once promised would close the chapter on his western yarn.

As obsessed as I was with the series, I actually never picked up any of the seasons on DVD, though they were recently consolidated into a handsome set encapsulating the whole series.  Nothing on Blu-ray yet, but I’m sure I’ll buy it if it ever makes the HD leap.

You might be like me, or you might have simply never seen the show and want to give it a look.  Well DirecTV is coming to your rescue.  Beginning May 31, the satellite company’s 101 Network will begin re-airing the entire “Deadwood” series Sunday nights at 9:00pm (the show’s old time slot at HBO).

Here’s a brief synopsis from DirecTV:

The town of Deadwood, South Dakota in the weeks following the Custer massacre is a lawless sinkhole of crime and corruption. Into this uncivilized outpost ride a disillusioned and bitter ex-lawman, Wild Bill Hickok, and Seth Bullock, a man hoping to find a new start for himself. Both men find themselves quickly on opposite sides of the legal and moral fence from Al Swearengen, saloon owner, hotel operator, and incipient boss of Deadwood. The lives of these three intertwine with many others, the high-minded and the low-lifes who populate Deadwood in 1876. At its core, Deadwood® is a western with modern-day sensibilities, encapsulating the birth of capitalism, democracy, justice, and Good vs. Evil.

The 101 Network also came to the aid of “Friday Night Lights” last year, airing the third season before NBC finally picked the show back up (and subsequently re-aired that third season for those who don’t have DirecTV).  Stuff like this makes me happy.

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  • 1 5-22-2009 at 11:04 am

    actionman said...

    Deadwood is probably the best (and most daring) television show of all time.

  • 2 5-22-2009 at 11:14 am

    Brian said...

    If “Lost” continues hiring Deadwood’s actors and writers for it’s final season, it can only make for a better show.

  • 3 5-22-2009 at 11:31 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Lost better ante up next season or it can kiss my ass forever.

  • 4 5-22-2009 at 5:34 pm

    John H. Foote said...

    “Deadwood” best TV series ever…period, no argument — Ian McShane is one of the most terrifying creations ever put on television and Timothy Olyphant’s Bullock is a walking time bomb, walking with such purpose, ready to explode — extraordinary acting from everyone with a storyline that brilliantly brings us close to the characters — My God you can just about smell them — I have the series and watch it from time to time — love it, SHAME ON HBO FOR KILLING IT OFF AND PROMISING US A MOVIE OR TWO —

  • 5 5-23-2009 at 12:17 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Every time I watch the show I feel the same like you guys. Greatest show ever. Truly amazing. What I really love about the show is how those actors truly become the characters they play and how diversely they are portrayed. Aside from the harrowingly brilliant Ian McShane, just about everyone is at the top of the game. The only minor quips I had were the early departure of Bill Hickock and the relatively tame Earp bros.
    The episode where Mr. Elsworth is shot and Mrs. Elsworth flees to Al’s bar is one of the greatest episodes in television history. Period.

  • 6 5-24-2009 at 12:07 pm

    gail said...

    deadwood? it was the best, do I miss it… Hell ya!