Will Deadwood return to HBO sometime in the near future? Sons of Anarchy star Dayton Callie doesn't think so, and at the recent Sons of Anarchy Season 7 red carpet premiere, he enthusiastically rattled off all his reasons for believing so.
Deadwood abruptly ended with Season 3 in 2006, its ballooning budget one of the reasons HBO canceled the popular Western series. Even though Season 4 was planned out by creator, writer and executive producer David Milch, it never happened. And the show's epic ensemble went onto other projects, making it impossible to regroup them in the following years. Figuring out their schedules became a logistical nightmare.
Now, with leads Ian McShane not tied to a TV contract any longer, and Timothy Olyphant's run on Justified coming to a close, it started to sound like Deadwood might return after all. actress Kim Dickens, who played Joanie Stubbs, Cy Tolliver's former madam at the Bella Union, started the campaign by championing the idea at the The 66th Annual Emmy Awards. This is what she had to say.
"Deadwood still hurts. The fact that we didn't get to wrap up that story, and really not a day goes by that, or at this point, a couple of days goes by that someone doesn't ask about it. If we are going to finish it or not.
We all feel sort of heartbroken for it, and for /person/david-milch/David. He's the true creative genius behind it, and he knew he needed four seasons, that's it. He had a perfect wrapping it up place. You know, I've spoken to him about it, and I think he harbors a hope and he's always open to the possibility."
Sons of Anarchy star Dayton Callie stands on the opposite side of this optimism, saying a fourth season will never come to fruition. We caught up with the actor, who plays former Police Chief Wayne Unser on Sons of Anarchy, to ask about the show while he celebrated Sons of Anarchy's final premiere on the red carpet.
This is what he had to say about HBO and the return of Deadwood:
"It ain't going to happen. Nah. I don't think they can get everybody's schedules together. I don't see it. We all wish it would. It would be hard.
What about a movie?
"HBO would have to make it. And they've never made one. So they have to make a commitment to David, they have to make a commitment to the actors. Because everyone will take time out if they're guaranteed we're going to do it. But don't give us the bullshit, 'Oh, we think we're going to do it!' Maybe in January. No, I'm not going to make myself free until you make me free to do it. You know what I mean? That's what happened in the begining. They kept saying, 'We're going to do it.' Oh, okay. On the business end we said, 'Just give us a play or pay. Put up or shut up. Tell us you're going to do it. And if we don't do it, your'e still going to...Ah, they didn't, you know...You're not going to switch your job on an 'Oh, maybe."
Dayton Callie played the iconic Charlie Utter on Deadwood, the good friend of Hickok and Jane, and Hickok's sometime business partner. He ran a mail and freight business in the camp and was also one of Bullock's deputies. Dayton Callie's Charlie, interestingly enough, was a good friend of Kim Dickens's Joanie Stubbs. The character is based on the real-life person "Colorado" Charlie Utter, a member of Wild Bill Hickok's entourage.
Only time will tell if Deadwood ever gets resurrected.