HBO is currently running a new fictional series lightly based on fact called "Deadwood." It deals with the harsh life faced by those who searched for gold in the Dakota Territories and has such colorful characters as the legends Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. It is also people with some of the meanest, oneriest, disgusting, dispicable men and women the West has ever known. Some historians of the period have said while life depicted on this show is bad, actual life in Deadwood was worse! Very hard to imagine. What fascinates me about this series is the dialogue.While it is peppered with some of the foulest language in any TV series, it also has dialogue that is almost poetic...sort of a Wild West Shakespeare. Calamity Jane was reputed to have a fouler mouth than any MAN in the territories! The actress who plays her (Robin Weigert) should get an Emmy. The actor (Ian McShane) who plays the mean-spirited corrupt owner of the Gem Saloon (for want of a different word) should also get an Emmy. And the series should get an Emmy for best dramatic series. There are many other excellent actros and actresses in this series. I have loved the Sopranos, but to me that pales in comparison to the saga of the settlers in this amazing, muddy, small pox-ridden and starcrossed town. I hope some others here share my same view of the show. I hope I am not its only fan here.