Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Wayne State University Press
Title Page, Copyright Page
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My family loved Westerns. The aunt who babysat me on week-ends when I was five used to let me stay up past my bedtime to watch the first season of Gunsmoke. My father took me to see . . .
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When David Milch, acclaimed writer and producer for the police dramas Hill Street Blues (NBC, 1981–1987) and NYPD Blue (ABC, 1993–2005), pitched to HBO an idea for a . . .
1. It’s Not a Western . . . It’s an HBO Western
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While Deadwood joined a long line of television Western series, its placement with HBO allowed it do things that no television Western had ever done. Variety’s review . . .
2. David Milch’s Deadwood
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Assigning authorship to televisual texts is even more difficult than in cinema. Although the place of the director as first among creative equals tips more toward the writer . . .
3. Language, Decent and Otherwise
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Television has always been more “talky” than the cinema, but in Deadwood the preeminence of dialogue approaches that of the stage. So many of its crucial scenes contain no . . .
4. The Social Dynamics of Violence and Alliance
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Dozens of individuals weave in and out of the complex and layered plotting of Deadwood. Milch’s Deadwood: Stories of the Black Hills lists thirty-five regular and recurring performers . . .
5. Deadwood’s Political Economic Narrative
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For the past 25 years, the narrative structure of each episodic television drama has fallen somewhere on a continuum between having each installment tell a self-contained story, so that . . .
6. Women and Power
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In the season 1 DVD Special Features, Milch points out that in 1876 the Deadwood population was 90 percent male; of that 10 percent who were women, nine out of ten were prostitutes. . . .
7. Dirt Worshippers and Celestials and Niggers . . . Oh, My!
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Perhaps as shocking as hearing the words cocksucker, fuck, and cunt thrown around so casually on Deadwood is hearing the racial epithets chink, coon, and nigger, as well as blatant . . .
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A month before Deadwood’s third season premiered on June 11, 2006, media reports confirmed that there would not be a fourth. Milch had developed a new show for
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Page Count: 128
Publication Year: 2012