A quick word about Westerns/CBC debuts Strange Empire tonight

When I was growing up, Westerns were incredibly popular on TV. I would come home from school and watch endless reruns of Wagon Train, Rawhide, Wanted Dead or Alive, The Rifleman, etc.  The list goes on forever!  They have made a mild resurgence on TV in recent years and many are available on Netflix:

  1. Longmire – aired on A&E and was recently cancelled but you can catch past seasons on Netflix
  2. Hell on Wheels – currently airing on AMC; a terrific series about the building of the Union Pacific railroad; past seasons available on Netflix
  3. Justified – currently one of my favourite shows on TV (new season will premiere on Superchannel in 2015) and past seasons also available on Netflix; Timothy Olyphant stars as Raylan Givens a US Marshall in Kentucky; this is truly a modern Western where instead of fighting outlaws on the range, Givens does battle with oxycontin and meth dealers and their organized crime superiors in the backwoods of Kentucky

In his column in the Globe today, John Doyle raves about Strange Empire which premieres on CBC tonight at 9.  He describes it as “the most substantial, serious and thrilling thing since Intelligence arrived on CBC a few years ago.”  The link to the complete article is here:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/john-doyle-strange-empire—a-remarkable-rugged-western-drama/article20918020/#dashboard/follows/

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