Deadwood Lives On

Deadwood is far from deadwood.

After airing just two episodes, Home Box Office is ordering up a sophomore season of  the Western drama.

Production on the second season will begin this summer and the new episodes will air in 2005.  The David Milch drama has a killer of a lead-in, The Sopranos Sunday nights.

Deadwood's debut two weeks ago drew a 12.5 rating in HBO's universe (about 34 million homes) and 5.8 million viewers. That was the pay net's biggest audience ever for an original series premiere.