1876, the Black Hills of South Dakota. In an age of plunder and greed, the richest gold strike in American History draws a throng of restless misfits to an outlaw settlement where everything and everyone has a price. Welcome to DeadwoodÉa hell of a place to make your fortune.

(Toronto) Movie Central (Western Canada) and The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) present the exclusive Canadian premiere of HBO’s new western drama series DEADWOOD. The first of 12 episodes begins on Sunday, March 21 at 10:00 p.m. MT / ET (day-and-date with HBO) immediately following new episodes of THE SOPRANOS Season 5. DEADWOOD stars Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Canadian talent Molly Parker, and Keith Carradine as Wild Bill Hickok. Creator and executive producer David Milch, also serves as head writer whose credits include such groundbreaking series as NYPD Blue and Hill Street Blues.The place: Deadwood camp, in the Black Hills of Dakota. On land deeded to the Sioux Nation only eight years before, what will prove the richest gold strike in American history draws a throng of fortune-seekers to an outlaw settlement no state or territory’s warrant is good in Deadwood. The time: July 1876, two weeks after the Sioux, in outrage at their dispossession, have massacred Custer and his troops at nearby Little Big Horn.

Combining fictional and historical characters, DEADWOOD stars Timothy Olyphant (Go, Gone in Sixty Seconds) as Seth Bullock, a former marshal aiming to start up a small business; Ian McShane (Sexy Beast, War and Remembrance) as Al Swearengen, the corrupt and brutal owner of the local saloon and brothel; Molly Parker (HBO’s Iron Jawed Angels, Men With Brooms) as Alma Garret, a New York society woman who has come to Deadwood with her husband in search of adventure; Keith Carradine (Nashville, Pretty Baby) as legendary gunslinger Wild Bill Hickok; John Hawkes ( Identity,The Perfect Storm ) as Sol Star, friend and business partner to Bullock; Brad Dourif ( Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ) as Doc Cochran, Deadwood’s resident medic; William Sanderson (Gods and Generals ) as E.B. Farnum, owner of the local hotel, and confidant of Al Swearengen; Paula Malcomson ( The Green Mile ) as Trixie, a prostitute working at Al Swearengen’s saloon; and Powers Boothe ( Frailty ) as Cy Tolliver, a rival saloon and brothel owner. Also featured in the extensive ensemble cast of DEADWOOD are Robin Weigert ( Mary and Rhoda, Angels in America ) as Calamity Jane; Leon Rippy ( The Life of David Gale ) as Tom Nuttall; W. Earl Brown ( Vanilla Sky ) as Dan Dority; Jim Beaver (Adaptation) as Ellsworth; Dayton Callie (Volcano) as Charlie Utter; Tim Omundson (Down With Love) as Brom Garret; Garret Dillahunt (Leap Years, The Believer) as Jack McCall; Ricky Jay (Magnolia) as Eddie Sawyer; Jeffrey Jones (Heartbreakers) as A.W. Merrick; Sean Bridgers (Sweet Home Alabama) as Johnny Burns; and Kim Dickens (House of Sand and Fog) as Joanie Stubbs.

DEADWOOD directors include Walter Hill ( 48 HRS, The Long Riders ), Davis Guggenheim ( Alias, 24 ), Alan Taylor ( Palookaville , HBO’s Six Feet Under and The Sopranos), Ed Bianchi (HBO’s The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Street), Michael Engler (HBO’s Sex and the City and Six Feet Under), Dan Minahan (HBO’s Six Feet Under, ÒSeries 7: The Contenders) and Steve Shill (HBO’s The Wire, Law & Order). In addition to Milch, writers on the series include Malcolm MacRury (Earth: The Final Conflict), Jody Worth (NYPD Blue), Elizabeth Sarnoff (Crossing Jordan), John Belluso, Ricky Jay, George Putnam (NYPD Blue), Bryan McDonald (Murder One) and Ted Mann (Skin).

Movie Central is a 24-hours-a-day, commercial-free premium pay-TV service which operates six themed movie channels available in Western Canada to customers living in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Through its investments, pre-buys and licence fees for Canadian feature films and original series, Movie Central is recognized as a major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry. Movie Central EXPRESS, launched in October 2002, is a companion offering to Movie Central and the first service to offer Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) in Canada. Visit the Movie Central Web site at www.moviecentral.ca. Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in both specialty TV and Radio. Corus also owns Nelvana Limited, an internationally recognized producer and distributor of children’s programming and products. The Company’s other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) Exchanges. Corus’ Web site can be found at www.corusentertainment.com.

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