The third season of the ground-breaking HBO western series Deadwood kicks off on June 11, 2006 with episode 25 entitled “Tell Your God to be Ready for Blood.” Strange as it may seem, it looks like this third season may be the last.
Though still quite popular, HBO has reportedly told the cast that they can “explore their options,” and basically are free to pursue other projects by not picking up their contract options. It’s suspected that this is due to a money crunch. It’s believed that HBO has put a lot of money into potential new projects and doesn’t have the resources to commit to a new season of Deadwood at this time. If the show does return for a fourth season, it could have some or all new cast members.
Series creator and writer David Milch (who many know from his work on the Stephen Bochco series NYPD Blue and Hill Street Blues) is concentrating on another series of his own. It’s a dramatic series entitled John From Cincinnati and is expected to air on HBO as well. In regards to another season of Deadwood, Milch isn’t expecting it. “If I were a betting man, which I am, I would say the odds are against it.”