Quick Draws HBO Renewal
by Denise Martin, Variety (March 31, 2004)
After just two episodes have aired, HBO has
renewed its rookie Western series, "Deadwood,"
for a second season.
Spurred by critical raves
and a strong "Sopranos" lead-in, "Deadwood"
wrangled up HBO's best-ever numbers for a new
Renewal is among the
fastest in HBO history--pay cabler ordered a
second season of "Six Feet Under"
before even a single episode of the mortuary
drama had aired.
"This is TV you
lean forward for, and we have been pleased with
it on all fronts," HBO entertainment prexy
Carolyn Strauss said.
Premiere episode of "Deadwood"
took in 5.8 million total viewers on March 21,
lassoing half a million more than the cabler's
other recent debut, "Carnivale."
Sunday's second seg held
up well, delivering 4.9 million overall and
a 2.5 national rating/7 share among viewers
New batch of 12 episodes
is scheduled to bow in 2005. Production starts
David Milch ("NYPD
Blue") created and exec produces the show.
"I'm grateful for
this vote of confidence," Milch said. "That
it comes early, and without qualification, is
typical of the way HBO operates."
set in the lawless Dakota Territory during the
1870s, stars Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane,
Molly Parker, Keith Carradine, John Hawkes,
Brad Dourif William Sanderson, Paula Malcomson
and Powers Boothe.
Skein is produced by
HBO in association with Red Board Prods. and
Paramount Network TV.