What’s on TV Friday: ‘Deadwood: The Movie’ and ‘When They See Us’

DEADWOOD: THE MOVIE (2019) 8 p.m. on HBO. David Milch’s award-winning western series, which The New York Times recently named “one of the 20 best TV dramas since ‘The Sopranos,’” returns to HBO over a decade after the network unexpectedly holstered it. “Deadwood: The Movie” brings back most of the cast of the series, which includes Ian McShane as the hard-drinking saloon owner Al Swearengen and Timothy Olyphant as the darkly contemplative Sheriff Seth Bullock, but moves the action a decade later, with the town of Deadwood inching toward modernity. The result is “not just a nostalgic exercise but a fair shorthand of what might have transpired in a fourth season,” James Poniewozik wrote in his review for The Times. “It can’t, in its abbreviated run, recreate the series’s full glory, but it does offer that glory a wistful toast.” That’s more than most would have expected before plans for the movie were announced. Many fans of the canceled-too-early series until recently undoubtedly shared the view that Olyphant recently expressed to The Times: “I didn’t think it was ever going to happen.”

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