Nichols, Hondo, and A Man Called Shenandoah will air in mini-marathons.
If you’re fortunate enough to have access to the digital multicast network getTV in your area, take note: The diginet is adding three rarely rerun TV westerns to its schedule next month. Nichols, Hondo, and A Man Called Shenandoah will become part of getTV’s popular block of all-day Saturday western programming, and each will be introduced with a special mini-marathon of classic episodes.
Nichols — the 1971 – 72 series starring James Garner as a small-town Arizona sheriff — will kick off with five back-to-back episodes starting at noon ET September 12. Next in line: Hondo, the 1967 weekly drama inspired by the 1953 John Wayne western, with Ralph Taeger cast as the wandering cowboy originally played by The Duke. Five episodes of Hondo will air back-to-back starting at noon ET September 19, followed one week later by a similar mini-marathon of A Man Called Shenandoah — the 1965 – 66 series starring Robert Horton of Wagon Train fame as an amnesia-stricken gunslinger — at noon ET September 26.
After several weeks of mini-marathons, all three shows will join the regular getTV Saturday lineup on a weekly basis.
“At getTV, our fans love when we dig into the vaults and find something they haven’t seen in a while — or maybe ever,” says Jeff Meier, getTV’s senior vice president of programming. “So, in addition to uncovering hard-to-find movies, we also wanted to deliver our fans some rare TV series.
“One of our most popular programming blocks on the channel is our Saturday lineup of westerns, so we’re especially proud to be able to present lesser-known gems from legends like James Garner and Robert Horton that haven’t been seen on TV in decades. Although each of these series originally had a short run, they all feature classic Old West action that will have viewers agreeing that they were canceled far too soon.”
You can check to see if getTV is available in your area on the diginet’s website.