But regardless I'm at a loss over this Deadwood thing so I bit, and fired of an email to him. Here's the response I got back upon asking what the rumble was:
I might have over-simplified (hey, I'm supposed to be writing about
wrestling, not HBO!), but my brother who works in Hollywood said this boiled
down to a dollars and cents issue at HBO.
HBO lost money for the first time in a long time last fiscal year (or fiscal
quarter, or something), and the number-crunchers are the ones behind axing
"Deadwood," since HBO is already financially committed to more of "Rome" and
other shows (with "Rome" being insanely expensive to make, and only drawing
sub-Deadwood ratings), but HBO "owns" the other shows and figures they'll
get their money back off DVDs and international rights and stuff like that.
None of which they get off of "Deadwood" (which is the second-best-rated HBO
Original Series behind "The Sopranos," and is not inexpensive in its own
Out of spite and frustration over how HBO handled the situation, Milch
refused HBO's request that he "close" the series with a special 2-hour movie
or mini-series that they'd tag onto Season 3.
That is all I know....
Now, a wrestling columnist (and his brother) may not be the most legitimate of sources I realize, regardless of how established he is, but I figured it was worth mentioning anyway. Obviously this proves nothing, but it something to keep in mind. Coz I mean c'mon... a surfing noir?