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Old September 1 2011, 01:48 AM   #106
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Early 1900s? Meh, all the fun is over by then.


What do you mean the fun is over?


Besides The Wild Bunch there are a number of good westerns set in the early 1900s: The Professionals, Ride the High Country, The Shootist.

Most "modern" Westerns I've liked have not really been "lawman" stories: Hud, Rancho Deluxe, Junior Bonner. But Lone Star was great, as was Clint Eastwood's A Perfect World, though that might be stretching the definition of Western. If a contemporary Western series on the level of Justified came along, I'd be all for it.

There are too many Westerns popping up all over. How about one drama set during the Civil War instead? Doesn't even have to be battle-focused if that blows the budget.
I certainly wouldn't object. I thought the recent movie The Conspirator was quite good and it had only one short combat scene at the beginning to establish a character. There was plenty going on in the Civil War era to make a good drama.

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Old September 1 2011, 01:59 AM   #107
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Re: a new Western as a TV episodic series? discuss

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^Which is a shame, because it was probably more realistic than any other Western---not to mention being one of the most brilliant television dramas I've ever seen.
I am in full agreement.
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Old September 1 2011, 09:04 PM   #108
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California was gettin' pretty tame and civilized-like by the turn of the last century. And since the real Hangtown is in California, I figure that's where the show will be set. Hangtown was really rip-roaring during the Gold Rush, which started in 1849. I'd like to see a show that is closer to that date.

And now that I've seen several episodes of Justified, I see it's not really a Western at all. The lead character dealt with his lousy childhood by adopting the values and mannerisms of the characters in TV Westerns, which is kind of interesting.

But he's not on the frontier - he's in his own home state, dealing with family and childhood issues. That's very atypical of Westerns. People in Westerns aren't supposed to be dealing with all that family baggage - the whole point of throwing them into the frontier is that they can start fresh, re-create themselves, be mysterious and have no past (and maybe no name).

Justified is a very well acted and well written cop show/character-based drama but has nothing to do with Westerns.
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Old September 28 2011, 10:27 PM   #109
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Looks like NBC wants in on the bandwagon for sure:
it has been revealed that NBC "has bought an untitled Western project from Sean Hayes’ Hazy Mills production company,
'Friday Night Lights' alumna Kerry Ehrin is writing the project, which is set in the 1880s and centers on Jacob Morris, a young, eccentric East Coast doctor of mental disorders who moves to a primitive Western town at the foot of the Colorado Rockies."
NBC Hoping For Another Bonanza: Buys Western Project from Company of Emmy-Winning Actor

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set in the 1880s and centers on Jacob Morris, a young, eccentric East Coast doctor of mental disorders who moves to a primitive Western town at the foot of the Colorado Rockies. There he immediately stands out as he doesn’t fight with a gun but rather uses new theories that are being practiced in the East. The tone of the show mixes drama and comedy,
Watching the premiere of Modern Family this week set at a dude ranch near the Grand Tetons was amazing looking. All shot on location in Wyoming. I can't wait for new Westerns shot outdoors. The current digital cameras really can handle the high contrast locations.
The Ehrin-written NBC project joins two other broadcast Westerns in development for next season, both at ABC. Ron Moore’s Hangtown is set in the early 1900s and one of its three lead characters has similar roots to Jacob Morris’. It centers on a Clint Eastwood-type Marshal, a young doctor from the East Coast who is interested in using the new field of forensics to solve crimes, and a young woman writer. ABC’s other Western in development is David Zabel’s Gunslinger. Additionally, TNT recently gave a cast-contingent pilot order to Bruce C. McKenna and Danny Cannon’s Gateway, set in the 1880s.
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Well this is very promising. ABC, NBC and further up Wild, Wild, West remake for CBS? 3 networks are developing Westerns!

A project from Friday Night Lights alums was mentioned further up the thread.

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Old September 28 2011, 11:54 PM   #110
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It centers on a Clint Eastwood-type Marshal, a young doctor from the East Coast who is interested in using the new field of forensics to solve crimes
That sounds a lot like Hec Ramsey.

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Old September 29 2011, 02:13 AM   #111
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I saw that news story. Shrinks vs. Cowboys? Sure, sounds like it could be fun.

I guess the networks are sick of shoehorning cop show stuff into sf/f and are now shoehorning cop show stuff into Westerns.
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Old November 10 2011, 03:22 PM   #112
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the rifleman

CBS is rebooting The Rifleman with Laeta Kalogridis, Chris Columbus and Carol Mendelsohn,
http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/2011...n/#more-192720
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Old November 10 2011, 06:53 PM   #113
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So when are they remaking The Big Valley and Bonanza? You know that's acomin'!
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Old November 10 2011, 07:18 PM   #114
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So when are they remaking The Big Valley and Bonanza? You know that's acomin'!
Big Valley movie is already filmed and to be released in 2012.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1472462/
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Old November 11 2011, 01:53 AM   #115
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Re: the rifleman

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CBS is rebooting The Rifleman with Laeta Kalogridis, Chris Columbus and Carol Mendelsohn,
http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/2011...n/#more-192720
Can't believe we're discussing "the Rifleman" and no one's mentioned this comic book cover yet.
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Old November 12 2011, 09:23 AM   #116
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So when are they remaking The Big Valley and Bonanza? You know that's acomin'!
Big Valley movie is already filmed and to be released in 2012.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1472462/
And BONANZA was sorta remade as PONDEROSA.

Opening credits.

Clip of the pilot episode.
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Old November 12 2011, 04:30 PM   #117
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So when are they remaking The Big Valley and Bonanza? You know that's acomin'!
Big Valley movie is already filmed and to be released in 2012.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1472462/
And BONANZA was sorta remade as PONDEROSA.

Opening credits.

Clip of the pilot episode.
Speaking of Bonanza, a few years ago my dad and I caught the original version's first ep on a cable channel.

Man, that show was originally DARK. Pa was an almost Eastwoodian badass, telling the boys to shoot people who threatened the ranch down in cold blood.
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Old May 10 2012, 02:19 PM   #118
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May 8, 2012a new pilot for a Western series.

The action/adventure Tin Star, executive produced by Bruce C. McKenna and Danny Cannon, was set in a Colorado town in the 1880s. It told the story of three brothers who step in to save their town when their sheriff father is murdered, pitting them against a corrupt cattle baron determined to make the town his own.
Oh well at least Hell on Wheels got a season 2 pickup.

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Old May 10 2012, 06:07 PM   #119
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I really like Hell on Wheels. It's surprisingly good.
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Old May 10 2012, 07:34 PM   #120
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"Tales of the Frontier" on askmilton.tv

"Tales of the Frontier" global tv network on the Internet:
http://askmilton.tv/
click on ON DEMAND
click on Tales of the Frontier
3 episodes up already

Here is an article on where it is shot:
Local film team set to debut Western series



Two-Gun Productions, still in its infancy, signed with Film Works Entertainment just six months ago with the hopes that by airing their shows on the Internet, they’ll be able to reach an audience on both a local and international level.
Luciano and his team have filmed nine episodes so far for the 13-episode series “Tales of the Frontier,”
Each episode is about 9 minutes. 9x13 = 117 minutes so like a 2 hour movie altogether.
well after skimming 2 episodes it looks low budget and you can hear the wind on the boom mic so it sounds low budget. At least they have horses in it.
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