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Anybody watch Deadwood on HBO?
July 27, 2006
6:40 pm
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Oddly enough, one woman who gets my undivided interest -- despite having all the negative qualities listed! -- is the character played by Robin Weigart on HBO cable series "Deadwood". She plays Calamity Jane...

Does anyone else watch this show? Did you see the kiss between Jane and Joanie in this weeks episode? I have to say, I saw this coming, just thought they would get more than 3 mins of screen time!

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July 28, 2006
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Never actually sat through an episode, but my friends rave about it. That kiss was the topic of a week-long discussion in my little circle.

You know, I think I might have to invest in some premium TV stations pretty soon here. Going to my friends' houses all the time just to watch TV is getting a little old.

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July 29, 2006
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I watch Deadwood and I also saw this coming between Jane & Joanie but since this is the last season of the show, I really don't see that story line being expanded. Too bad......it could've turned out to be a very interesting one.

I always look forward to seeing Robin onscreen because she plays a hilarious Calamity Jane.

January 14, 2007
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A terrible pity that DEADWOOD was cancelled (and it seems that, no, there will not be a theatrical movie). There was some little hint of lesbianism (e.g. when a broken down Calamity Jane is taken in by Joanie and given a much-needed bath). But mostly violence more than (on-screen) sex (and the sex was straight and mostly unromantic).

The series was both raunchy and unimaginative in its cursing. The favorite expression involved a form of sex that doesn't even require women (you can guess), almost to the exclusion of any other insult. Somehow I thought the Old West had a wider vocabulary. (If they clipped out all the words that contained the combination '-u-c-k' the episodes would be 20% shorter but all the characters would sound as if they had speech impediments. They use such expressions in every other sentence because, if they used them in every sentence, we might think they were crude.)

But then I read the book that the series is based on ... and it's even raunchier than the show.

Oddly enough, despite the use of one or another of a small range of dirty words in every other sentence, the dialog itself had a nearly Shakespearean sound to it.

Some newspaper said that men polled said that their nightmare would be a girlfriend like Calamity Jane (played by Robin Weigert) in DEADWOOD (as distinguished, I suppose, from Calamity Jane when played by Doris Day). Actually in the show she was, even when drunk, articulate and sensitive.

In real life, very little is known for sure about Jane Cannery (or Canery). She was not much appreciated until the last decade of her life, when she became something of a Deadwood, SD, tourist attraction. By that time (she died in 1903 at the age of only 51, about 26 years after the events in the series) her health was failing, she was dirt poor, alone, ekking out room and board by doing the maid service at a bordello, and very probably spun yarns that were highly fictionalized to appeal to the tourists who were virtually her only source of funds. Many of her anecdotes, such as scouting for Custer, are contrary to all documentary evidence. It appears that she was never photogenic or ladylike. She claimed to have been a lover and sexual partner of Wild Bill Hickok (who was newly married to a circus lady when he came to Deadwood) but people who claimed to know Hickok denied that emphatically.

Anyway, Robin Weigert played her very well. At least 3 performers from DEADWOOD (including Weigert) have appeared repeatedly on Sons of Anarchy. Without the grime used for Calamity Jane makeup, she is very pretty. As for Weigert's private life, I haven't a clue.

As far as I know (which isn't much) only one performer from DEADWOOD has self-identified as an L: Geri Jewell, who was a fixture on FACTS OF LIFE and in DEADWOOD plays a cleaning maid named Jewel, who (we are once told) was rescued from an orphanage and given a home and job by the saloon owner whom we otherwise believe does not have an ounce of decent emotions. Anyway, Geri came out of the closet relatively late (she had been married and divorced) and recently published her memoirs, "I'm Walking as Straight as I Can."

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