HBO’s cancellation of “John From Cincinnati” last week marks the first time in the modern era that the net has scotched a drama after just one season on the air.
But creator David Milch says he didn’t want to see the show’s end as an ending at all.
“When William James was dying they asked him what his conclusions were,” Milch says. “And he answered, ‘What has concluded that we should conclude about it?’ I don’t feel like anything is over.”
Sounding perhaps like the cryptic title character of “John” itself, Milch added, “I think ideas of closure are distortions of reality. Experience is a continuous unfolding.”
That unfolding will take a more literal meaning for Milch and HBO: The creator and the net could soon get to work on a cop show set in the early 1970s, a project Milch and longtime collaborator Bill Clark had previously discussed with the net. Other projects are also in the hopper.
One thing that could end, however — even in metaphysical terms — is the idea of a pair of two-hour ‘Deadwood” movies.
While Milch says he’ll try his hand at writing the scripts, he also says, “It’s not fair to HBO and, frankly, to me, to assign a priority to ‘Deadwood.’
“No one is more disappointed than I by that turn. But the next day is the next day, and to waste another moment on remorse or recrimination is pointless.”