HBO goes west for new drama, `Deadwood'

January 08, 2003|By Zap2it

LOS ANGELES - HBO has ordered 13 episodes of Deadwood, a Western that will blend fictional and real-life characters from the post-Civil War era.

The series, created by former NYPD Blue and Hill Street Blues writer-producer David Milch, is set to begin production in the spring. It will likely premiere in 2004.

The series begins in Deadwood, S.D., in 1876, two weeks after Custer's defeat at Little Big Horn. Timothy Olyphant stars as Seth Bullock, a former marshal who's trying to set up a mercantile business in the town.

The cast also includes Molly Parker, Ian McShane and Keith Carradine, as Wild Bill Hickok.

Milch wrote the pilot, which was directed by Walter Hill who will also serve as a consulting producer on the series and direct future episodes.

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