It started with DEADWOOD, JOHN FROM CINCINNATI and LUCK. David Milch’s creative relationship with HBO has been an interesting one and we were all looking forward to the continuation of his body of work with our premium channel of choice. We were hoping it would be THE MONEY, but that is not to be.
HBOWatch has been tracking what we hoped was the next series from Mr. Milch. It first came to our attention with a mention at the Television Critics Association event last year. We have that notation from 07.25.13. Writer Cian Gaffney reported on 09.13.13 of its Pilot Order with Irish actor Brandon Gleeson onboard. We next fleshed out a bit of casting news a 10.05.13 post and again with a 11.14.13 one. After that we heard nothing, but obviously at that point the pilot was being shot and then delivered to HBO executives.
In case you haven’t hit all those links above, THE MONEY is a drama piece conceived and written by Milch about James Castman (Gleeson) an American mogul and patriarch who sits at the heart of power, influence and money and the corruption & control that goes with it. Along Mr. Gleeson Ray Liotta, Rosemary Harris, Mamie Gummer, Nathan Lane and others were in the cast. The series could have had a strong place at HBO though probably not as decadent as the recent movie The Wolf of Wall Street it certainly would have offered more of a punch than the current return of Dallas.
I love the factoid that Deadline.com pointed out on their piece that THE MONEY would have made the fifth consecutive pilot considered by HBO. We of course know of the three shows that made it to the screen – DEADWOOD with its own brand of American mogul named Al Swearingen (2004-2006); the quirky, surf drama JOHN FROM CINCINNATI (2006) and the ill-fated LUCK (2010). Does anyone remember the fifth pilot that obviously did not go to series? It would have been Milch’s return to police procedurals; don’t forget in the early days Mr. M. was a part of Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue. The pilot was called LAST OF THE NINTH and would have been set at the NYPD in the 1970’s. Maybe, now it will have a chance?
At any rate, though he does not have a perfect track record with HBO the network loves collaborating with him and just because THE MONEY did not go forward does not mean he won’t shop it elsewhere nor does it mean his relationship with HBO is concluded. In fact, there has been talk over the past five years or so for David Milch to bring the works of William Faulkner to HBO. The best report I could find out about that project is a TIME magazine piece from 2011. Though that concept seems to have gone dormant it might once again resurface. We will watch for it.
Well, THE MONEY got away from us. From the few reports I have seen about the news there has been no official reason given for the series not coming to fruition. We can only hope that Mr. Milch will continue with HBO and develop something else that will stick, whether it is the Faulkner novels or something else. I know, how about “HBO Films: Return to Deadwood?” We shall see.