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Men like Mr. Seth Bullock There Raise the Camp Up.

By Seth Freilich | Trailers | August 13, 2009 |

By Seth Freilich | Trailers | August 13, 2009 |

…sigh. It’s been almost three years since we last had a brand new episode of “Deadwood” to look forward too, and it’s been a long time since we even thought there was a cunt hair’s chance of getting those promised movies to wrap up the series. And so it’s come to this, trying to live vicariously through other TV shows and movies, looking for little tastes of “Deadwood” glory, like that stringy piece of a Buffalo wing you dig out of your tooth two hours after leaving the bar — it’s not even remotely satisfying, but there’s just a pinch of that hot sauce flavor, and for just a second, you’re fondly taken back to when you were elbows deep in habanero flavor country.

This is the reason I kept watching NBC’s failed “Kings” long after I was otherwise done with the show. Because, every once in a while, Ian McShane would be given a monologue that, though it was expletive free and was not being said while a tavern whore blew him, showed just a hint of the glorious Al Swearengen. And I so miss my “Deadwood,” that I’ll take what I can get.

Which is why I’ll be tuning into FX’s “Lawman” when it premieres (likely) early next year. Because while this clip doesn’t tell us much about the show, it does tell us that Timothy Olyphant is playing a U.S. Marshall, and when he grits his eyes and lets his voice get a little gravely, it’s almost like watching Seth Bullock square off against Swearengen or Hearst. And for a fleeting moment, I’m in heaven again.

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