With two Emmys and a Golden Globe award
under its belt, the gritty Sunday night western drama, Deadwood, returned to HBO cable television for a second season on
Set in the spring of 1877, the hour-long episodes introduce new
characters and major changes in the lawless gold mining camp as it
becomes an official part of the United States.
Sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) finds his
love affair with the widowed Alma Garrett (Molly Parker) complicated by
the arrival of his wife Martha (Anna Gunn).
foul-mouthed, villainous Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) continues to
orchestrate his barbaric domination of the Badlands from his infamous
Gem Theater, a brothel masquerading as a dance hall.
“I’m the counterpoint to Bullock,” McShane says. “We walk
the same side of the street to different music in a town where there is
no law. And the devil gets the best tunes.”
McShane’s portrayal of the Machiavellian Swearengen earned him
a Golden Globe award as best dramatic actor in a TV drama series.
Nominated in 11 categories, the show’s first season also garnered two
Emmys – directing for a drama series (Walter Hill) and sound editing
for a series. Deadwood is
listed as one of American Film Institute’s top ten television shows.
Real-life people interact with fictional characters
in the historical drama filmed in California’s San Fernando Valley.
Working with photographs of old downtown Deadwood in the gold rush era,
HBO producers built a replica of the grimy mining camp, complete with
wooden false-fronted buildings and muddy main street, on Gene Autry’s
members returning for the second season include: Calamity Jane (Robin
Weigert), Sol Star (John Hawkes), Cy Tolliver (Powers Booth), Doc
Cochran (Brad Dourif), Tom Nuttel (Leon Rippy), Trixie (Paula Malcomson),
Johnny Burns (Sean Bridgers), Dan Dority (W. Earl Brown), Charlie
Utter (Dayton Callie), Ellsworth (Jim Beaver), E. B. Farnum (William
Sanderson), Joanie Stubbs (Kim Dickens), A. W. Merrick (Jeffrey Jones),
Sofia Metz (Bree Seanna Wall).
Josh Eriksson is cast as William Bullock, Titus
Welliver as Silus Adams and Garret Dillahut as Samuel Wolcott.
John Hawkes, accompanied by supervising producer
Scott Stephens, Jim Beaver and W. Earl Brown all made personal
appearances in Deadwood last year.
Commenting on the rich history of the town, Stephens
said, “We could be on the air for five years and never go beyond
First season episodes of Deadwood are now being seen in the United Kingdom, Australia, New
Zealand and Brazil. And the entire debut season has been released on a
720-minute DVD with over 90 minutes of bonus features. “Making
Deadwood: The Show Behind the Show” includes exclusive interviews with
creator David Milch, Keith Carradine, Ian mcShane, Timothy Olyphant and
other series stars, as well as interviews with local historians.is
included on the DVD recently released by HBO.
Dr. David Wolff, history professor at Black Hills
State University, Mary Kopco, director of the Adams Museum and House,
and Jerry Bryant, Adams research curator, provide insights about the
Sparking a renewed interest in Deadwood history, the
popularity of the HBO series undoubtedly factored into last year’s
11.3 percent increase in Lawrence County visitor spending and an
approximate 34 percent increase in visitation at the museum.
Although the story line is fictional, Deadwood
recreates the raw realism of the turbulent beginnings of the
Northern Hills town.
Adams Museum staff members researched and provided accurate historical information on characters, set design, props, costuming, art and make-up to producer David Milch and the HBO creative team.
First time visitors looking for the town they saw on HBO learn
that an 1879 fire wiped out all the original wooden buildings of
downtown Deadwood. They are instead directed to a 240-foot facsimile of
the Deadwood set, constructed
last summer along Sherman Street and US Highway 14A-85. Information
about the original buildings is provided by on plaques displayed on
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