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Old August 18 2011, 10:36 PM   #91
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Re: a new Western as a TV episodic series? discuss

It's set in Colorado. Why not shoot it in Colorado? They've got plenty of nice visuals there.

Maybe New Mexico gives better tax credits. Well, it's right next door.
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Old August 28 2011, 07:32 PM   #92
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Re: a new Western as a TV episodic series? discuss

Woo hoo genre is on the rise on tv:
A&E has a 10 episode order for a show:
http://m.tvline.com/2011/08/breaking...atee-sackhoff/


And others:
Peter Berg, one of the creators of "Friday Night Lights," and Liz Heldens, a writer and co-executive producer on the show, sold the concept for a Western told from a female perspective. Heldens will write and executive produce, while Berg and Sarah Aubrey -- who also worked on “Friday Night Lights” -- will executive produce.

Universal Media Studios and Berg's Film 44 are producing the project.

The sale continues a growing trend toward Westerns at the networks. AMC is filming "Hell On Wheels," about the Union Pacific Railroad; A&E has "Longmire," about a Wyoming sheriff; TNT has "Gateway"; while David Zabel’s "Gunslinger" and James Mangold’s "Ralph Lamb" are coming from ABC and CBS, respectively.
http://www.tvweek.com/blogs/tvbizwir...ues-to-gai.php

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Old August 28 2011, 08:02 PM   #93
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Re: a new Western as a TV episodic series? discuss

I guess Justified started a trend. But I'm not that big on modern/20th C "Westerns" like Longmire and Ralph Lamb. Gateway and Gunslinger need some element to distinguish them from the run-of-the-mill story, like the way Hell on Wheels has the railroad.

There are a bunch of actors I'd love to see in any of the real historical Westerns - Adam Baldwin, Robert Knepper, William Fichtner, Josh Holloway, etc. Ben Browder as a corrupt cattle baron would be a hoot!
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Old August 29 2011, 05:15 PM   #94
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The problem with big historical Westerns, of course, is that they're expensive. Deadwood was too much for HBO, and I'd be willing to bet that Hell on Wheels is mightily expensive to produce.

I agree, though. The contemporary Westerns like Justified (or, reaching back, Walker, Texas Ranger) don't interest me much at all.
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Old August 29 2011, 08:41 PM   #95
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I've been meaning to check out Justified on DVD and just saw the premiere episode - WOW!

If anyone wants to make more Westerns like that, be my guest.
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Old August 30 2011, 12:32 AM   #96
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justified is a fantastic show and one of my fav's. I am glad you are enjoying season one. classic favorites have gun will travel and the wild wild west.
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Old August 30 2011, 04:21 PM   #97
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Hangtown - from ron moore

Ron moore just sold Hangtown to ABC!
http://m.deadline.com/2011/08/abc-bu...rom-ron-moore/

Yes that ron moore.
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Old August 30 2011, 05:13 PM   #98
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Ron Moore wrote for Star Trek for ten years. Writing for a Western makes a lot of sense when you think about it -- a lot of the same conventions are there in both.
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Old August 30 2011, 05:49 PM   #99
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Ron Moore wrote for Star Trek for ten years. Writing for a Western makes a lot of sense when you think about it -- a lot of the same conventions are there in both.
I don't know if it was him, but I remember one of the DS9 writers comparing it to a Western. Sisko was the mayor, Odo the sherriff, Quark the barkeep and of course you had no shortage of varmints and outlaws!
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Old August 30 2011, 06:57 PM   #100
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Ron Moore wrote for Star Trek for ten years. Writing for a Western makes a lot of sense when you think about it -- a lot of the same conventions are there in both.

Well, it is the final frontier . . .
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Old August 30 2011, 08:55 PM   #101
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Ron moore just sold Hangtown to ABC!
http://m.deadline.com/2011/08/abc-bu...rom-ron-moore/

Yes that ron moore.
So is it going to be set in the real Hangtown (since renamed Placerville) in the Sierras?

Early 1900s? Meh, all the fun is over by then.

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.

Also, somebody should do a series or miniseries about the life of John C. Fremont. He was an interesting guy.
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Old August 31 2011, 04:06 PM   #102
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This is not the first time that Moore has tried to bring a western together for TV. Last year he worked on a remake of Wild Wild West for CBS, but the show was not picked up for a series.
http://www.rte.ie/ten/2011/0830/moorer.html

I hadn't heard about that one last year.
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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.
Well...we sorta know how that would end.
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Old August 31 2011, 09:15 PM   #104
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We know how Titanic ended, but that didn't stop them from making a couple of movies and now a TV series anyway.

At least a Civil War series covers something that lasts more than 2 1/2 hours. How are they going to do a 12-part miniseries about it? Trace the construction of every last bolt and rivet back to the origin of its constituent molecules in some supernova 10 billion years ago?
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Old September 1 2011, 12:48 AM   #105
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Re: a new Western as a TV episodic series? discuss

I've been wondering about the return of the TV western. NPR did a poll not too long ago about cancelled TV shows people would most like to see return to the air. The top 2 vote getters were Deadwood & Firefly.
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