After three seasons on HBO, the acclaimed David Milch drama aired what would ultimately be its final episode. Cost and contract issues intially spelled the end in lieu of a formal cancellation. Chatter in the summer of 2006—and in pretty much every subsequent season since—speculated that Milch would soon formally conclude the series with a full-length movie… or two… or a shortened season’s worth.
Yet the third season finale “Tell Him Something Pretty” remains the last moment of Deadwood to air anywhere, if you don’t count the short-lived animated spin-off, Al Swearengen’s Playhouse. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: G.W. Bailey, Major Crimes cop (68); Sarah Chalke, Silver Age Becky Conner (36); Demetria McKinney, Payne player (31); Harrison Page, veteran “That Guy” (71); Aaron Paul, science enthusiast (33); Paul Reubens, keeper of the secret word (60); Tuesday Weld, Dobie’s dream girl (69); Chandra Wilson, Seattle Grace doc (43).