We’ve been hearing about a Deadwood reunion for so long, it’s easy to just roll your eyes at every new quote we get claiming the show will come back. Even recent developments, which seem much more promising and concrete than normal, automatically come with a grain of salt by this point.
But hope is still alive, even after all those eyes are rolled. At the TCA press tour, HBO programming president Casey Bloys offered an update on the beloved show that courts optimism while remaining smartly cautious (from The Playlist):
“David Milch is doing a rewrite that he and the producers were talking about,” Bloys said with the update. “If they can get all the actors together, which they’re trying to do — and everybody wants to do it — if they can get everybody back together, we’re looking at fall 2018 to shoot something. But a lot of things have to fall into place for that to happen. But I’m optimistic.”
There’s still a very big “if” in there. Nevertheless, real work is being done to get this going. It’s not limited to David Milch’s daydreams anymore. And that’s a very good thing.
Along with the cast, I’ll be very curious to see how accurately they recreate Deadwood’s impressive sets. That seems like an equally herculean task. If the revival does occur, we may have to give them a little wiggle room when it comes to picking up a show that was tragically canceled almost twelve years ago.