I plan on giving this one a chance. Some promos I have seen for it make it look really, really good. Others I have seen make it look really, really…average.
This is only one of about a half dozen Western shows that are set to hit American TV networks over the next year, by the way.
Fox is planning a “project” (either a series or a mini-series depending on which source you want to believe) about Wyatt Earp. The project is to be executive-produced by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, anf Heather Kadin. Kurtzman and Orci co-created FRINGE, co-wrote STAR TREK (the recent movie) and they also co-wrote Jon Favreau’s COWBOYS & ALIENS (a film I quite liked, I must add).
ABC has a sort of Police Procedural Western in the works called HANGTOWN from BATTLESTAR GALACTICA creator Ron Moore–and they also have one called THE GUNSLINGER on the books. However, the word is that GUNSLINGER is actually going to be a feature film, now.
TNT recently ordered a pilot for GATEWAY, an action-adventure set in 1880s Colorado, from executive producer Bruce C. McKenna.
According to Mr. Robert Conrad, he has been hired (by CBS) to be a consultant on a rebooting of his old series THE WILD WILD WEST (and he assured me it would be nothing at all like the Will Smith film!).
And NBC is planning on getting into the Western groove with a couple of proposed series (both as of yet untitled). One of those proposed series is coming from Peter Berg and his fellow producers of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.
This one is supposed to be told “from a female perspective”.
Oh…and there is another one called RECONSTRUCTION that was originally slated for the FX network. Now, there is talk of it moving to a “bigger” venue, so to speak.
And I am told that there are even more Western TV shows in the planning stages from other networks.
Might just be that we really are going to see a bit of a comeback for the Western…