'Deadwood' creator David Milch on swearing and Swearengen

June 11, 2019

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Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane in "Deadwood: The Movie."

Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane in "Deadwood: The Movie."

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Thirteen years after its abrupt cancellation, David Milch’s masterwork — the violent Western drama "Deadwood" — finally has an ending. The show’s two-hour finale, "Deadwood: The Movie," aired on May 31, 2019.

"Deadwood" creator David Milch.

"Deadwood" creator David Milch.

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To commemorate "Deadwood" and its long-awaited conclusion, Kurt Andersen revisits his 2006 conversation with the show’s creator, David Milch. They discuss the show’s reprobate cast of characters and their florid, profane dialogue. “I did a lot of research,” Milch says. “Everyone without exception said that in the mining camps, the language was of an unrelieved coarseness and obscenity.“

(Originally aired June 17, 2006)