HBO’s ‘Deadwood’ Premiere

It was pretty clear to everyone attending the “Deadwood” premiere that things have gotten much worse in HBO’s hit Wild West series. “There’s more fighting, more fucking, more killing and more cursing this season,” said Kim Dickens, who plays the show’s plucky prostitute-turned-madame.

There was also more facial hair –beards, mustaches, goatees and mutton chop sideburns–on men at the Thursday-night premiere than at the ’69 Woodstock music festival.

At the Mann Chinese screening, HBO honcho Caroline Strauss introduced the show’s stars and producers Gregg Fienberg, Scott Stephens and David Milch (creator-executive producer), who got a wild standing ovation. And everyone in the theater busted a gut when Ian McShane’s “Al Swearengen” character spat out a baker’s dozen F-words in his first few minutes onscreen.

Afterward the cast, crew, network dudes and their dates moseyed to the Highlands restaurant, which was decorated like a South Dakota gold-mining outpost complete with barn-wood walls, pine trees, wooden-plank tables, saloons, brothels, sneaky blackjack dealers and saucy barmaids in period bloomers, corsets and garters.

But no one in “Deadwood” sounded concerned about the possibility of the FCC’s extending their decency campaign to pay-cable services, as has been suggested in Congress. “It would be devastating if it happened,” said Milch. “But I don’t think it’s actually going to. I look at the FCC as sold-out whores, and this is all just public relations and political posturing. Plus I’d be interested to hear the argument that rationalizes censorship of materials the audience is paying for. I know there used to be a First Amendment. I haven’t checked recently. Is it still in play?” You bet your boots. Even in Deadwood.

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Ian McShane, Molly Parker

Ian McShane, Molly Parker

David Milch, Caroline Strauss

David Milch, Caroline Strauss

Timothy Olyphant

Timothy Olyphant

Paula Malcomson

Paula Malcomson

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