vulture festival 2014

Vulture Festival: David Milch Talks New Boss Tweed Show

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: Producer David Milch (L) and Film Critic Matt Zoller Seitz speak onstage during Vulture Festival presented by New York Magazine at Milk Studios on May 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for New York Magazine)
Photo: Craig Barritt/2014 Getty Images

At this weekend’s inaugural Vulture Festival, David Milch sat in conversation with our TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz. Over the 90-minute discussion, Milch talked about his Emmy-winning work on Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue as well as his years as showrunner on HBO’s Deadwood. Milch also discussed at length, for the first time, a new dramatic work he is writing for HBO — “I’m working on a bunch of shows … But this one that I’ve brought a sample of is about Boss Tweed, who was a political figure in the late 19th century, ran Tammany Hall here in New York City, and was a thief of prodigious dimension. He was also very fat.” Milch then read a chunk of script, starting with a very Milchian moment of Tweed in jail, writing a letter:

“I’m an old man, broken in health and cast down in spirit. As to the charges standing against me, through unpublished statements, I’ve received some assurance that the vindication of principle and purifying of the public service are purposes you would have me serve. Recognizing further resistance as a futility, offering unqualified surrender and supplicating mercy, I herewith submit my testimony.

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Vulture Festival: David Milch Talks New Show