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Star Wars TV show is "Deadwood in space," still probably not happening

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Like a DVD re-release with approximately 10 minutes of added special features, Rick McCallum continues to pop up every year or so to ask you to buy into his Star Wars TV show, based solely on a smattering of new information and the assertion that this time it will be the best thing ever. In the past, McCallum has compared the prospective series—which is set during those dark, formative years of the Empire—to The Godfather, a comparison he's made because of the many wheelings and dealings of Coruscant's "underground bosses who live there and control drugs, prostitution" and because The Godfather is really famous and respected.

Now McCallum has drawn parallels to another story of a new frontier under the thumbs of ruthless criminals, telling Den Of Geek of the show's 50 completed scripts (which he maintains they have), "These are like Deadwood in space," noting that, when it comes to actually getting them made, "Our biggest problem is that these stories are adult… [It's] so unlike anything you’ve ever associated with George [Lucas] before in relation to Star Wars. These aren't for kids." (But hopefully it will still have some of the prolonged talk of trade regulations and slaughtering of families that kids love.)

Of course, the last time McCallum was explaining why this show probably won't air for another three to five years, if at all, the reasons given were (in quick succession) that technology wasn't advanced enough, that "network television and cable television as we know it are completely imploding," and even the popularity of reality TV. So in a way, Star Wars: The TV Show already is like Deadwood, in that it's a struggle through a frustrating, lie-ridden place rife with cocksuckers.

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