Home Box Office has been quick on the draw with Deadwood.
Just two weeks into the Western’s run, the premium service pulled the trigger on a second season, ordering production on another 12-episode campaign to begin this July.
The series -- created and executive-produced by David Milch (NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues) -- combines fictional and historical characters in the Deadwood camp in the Black Hills of South Dakota, circa 1876, just after General George Custer’s rout at the hands of the Sioux. Situated on Indian land, the town remains removed from the confines of the law.
The second season is slated to air next year.
Deadwood came out with guns blazing in the ratings, scoring an HBO record 5.8 million viewers for an original-series premiere March 21, topping the 5.3 million who watched the debut of Carnivale Sept. 14, 2003.
Deadwood’s second installment March 28 shot up some 4.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research data.