Once, while debating the importance (or lack thereof) of industry awards during a Q&A, David Milch was corrected when he said that his previous hit, Deadwood, had been overlooked. Not so. Actor Ian McShane had won for his unforgettable portrayal of Al Swearangen, a cunning and ruthless saloon owner. Milch quickly replied: "True, but that was just a Golden Globe.
The story is centered around Emily Wang (Maggie Cheung) and Lee Hauser (James Johnston) – a couple who share a heroine addiction, a dream of making it in the music business, and a son who is currently living with Lee's parents as they stumble from town to town trying gain enough backing to resurface a recording contract.