From: Jim Beaver (
Date: 16 Aug 2006

----- Original Message ----- From: "JIM DOHERTY" <> To: <> Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 7:48 PM Subject: RARA-AVIS: DEADWOOD in AMERICAN HERITAGE

> Those of you who are DEADWOOD fans might be interested
> in an interview with series creator David Milch in the
> latest issue of AMERICAN HERITAGE.
> In addition to discussing the historical background of
> the series, the article draws comparisons between
> DEADWOOD and Hammett's RED HARVEST, as well as another
> hard-boiled and (for its time) ground-breaking western
> that has been mentioned here recently, GUNSMOKE.
> While I'm on this subject I'll take the opportunity to
> ask Jim Beaver a question. Since your character,
> Whitney Ellsworth, represents a particular TYPE of
> character but has no actual historical counterpart
> (like Bullock, Swearingen, Hickok, and Jane), I've
> often wondered if the choice of name is a coincidence.
> But having recently discovered that you wrote the IMDb
> bios of Jack "Jimmy Olsen" Larson and John "Perry
> White" Hamilton, I'm compelled to ask if your
> character's name is a deliberate tip of the hat to a
> certain comic book writer/TV producer.

Good catch, Jim.

Yes. For a number of years I've been working in my spare time on a biography of TV Superman George Reeves (I also served as historical consultant for the upcoming film about his mysterious death, HOLLYWOODLAND). The first couple of seasons of DEADWOOD, my character's name was simply
"Ellsworth." But at the end of the second season, they needed a first name and came up with one. As a tip of the hat, as you say, to Whitney Ellsworth, longtime producer of the old Superman show and editor of DC Comics, I asked if we could change their choice of first name to "Whitney." They acceded, and the rest is a stunning monument of Hollywood history.

On another subject: any of you writers have any experience with the Levine/Greenberg Literary Agency in New York?

Jim Beaver

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