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'Cincinnati' on HBO's Itinerary

"Deadwood" may be done as a series, but HBO will still have a David Milch show on its schedule next year.

The premium-cable network has picked up "John from Cincinnati," a mystery/family drama centered on a legendary surfing clan. HBO ordered 12 episodes of the show after seeing a rough cut of the pilot, which was co-written by Milch and "surf noir" author Kem Nunn.

Production on the series is scheduled to begin later this fall, with summer 2007 as the target premiere date.

"David Milch is one of the most original storytellers working in any format today," says Carolyn Strauss, president of HBO Entertainment. "We are honored to have him as part of the HBO family. The sky is the limit for his new series."

The story focuses on the Yost family -- former surfing champion Mitch (Bruce Greenwood, "Capote"), wife Cissy (Rebecca De Mornay, "The Practice"), their drug-addicted son Butchie (Brian Van Holt, "Threshold") and Butchie's son, Shaun (Greyson Fletcher) -- in Imperial Beach, Calif., a seaside town near the U.S.-Mexico border. The arrival of the title character (Austin Nichols, "Deadwood"), a mysterious young man seeking surfing lessons, shakes up the family's unhappy life.

"John from Cincinnati" also stars Matt Winston ("Teachers"), Ed O'Neill (Milch's "Big Apple," "Married ... with Children") and Luis Guzman ("Luis").

Meanwhile, Milch also says he's at work on the script for the first of two "Deadwood" movies that will wrap up the story of the late-1870s mining town. He hopes to bring most of the cast back for the films.

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