'Deadwood' Preparing For Third Season

Within the next two or three weeks, production will begin on the third season of “Deadwood,” the popular HBO television series set in the Black Hills gold mining town of the 1870s. The new season will debut in 2006.

Producer David Milch reportedly is considering adding the character of Wyatt Earp to the cast.

Mary Kopco, director of the Adams Museum and House, said Earp spent a winter in Deadwood in 1875 or 1876.

“Milch will take a real historical figure and make some dramatic changes and really explore different personality types of them as a larger-than-life person,” Kopco said.

Milch reportedly wants to include an openly gay character as well.

The cast and crew of “Deadwood” have received a number of Emmy nominations for their second season. Lead actor Ian McShane has been nominated for outstanding actor in a drama series, and the show is up for an Emmy for outstanding drama series.

The series also has been nominated for Emmys in art direction, casting, costumes, direction, hairstyling, makeup and single-camera sound mixing.

The Emmys air on CBS the evening of Sept. 18.

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