"Hondo" - Saturday, September 19
"A Man Called Shenandoah" - Saturday, September 26
The brand new block is a part of the network’s popular ongoing all-day Saturday Westerns lineup, and will debut at high noon on September 12 with five episodes of the 1971 series, “Nichols,” starring beloved leading man James Garner and a young Margot Kidder, in one of her first major roles.
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On September 19, getTV will present five episodes of the wandering gunslinger series, “Hondo,” starring Ralph Taeger and Michael Pate.
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On September 26, getTV will air 10 episodes of 1965’s “A Man Called Shenandoah,” starring Robert Horton.
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James Garner is a man looking for a fresh start in “Nichols,” set in a small Arizona town in the early 1900s. Having left an 18-year career in the military, Garner as Nichols finds himself blackmailed into the role of town sheriff by the villainous Ketcham Family, who run the town. Riding a motorcycle instead of a horse, and forsaking guns in favor of more peaceful resolutions, the newly crowned lawman takes on bandits, manages town bullies and woos beautiful bar maid Margo Kidder. The series also featured Stuart Margolin and included such guest stars as Tom Skerritt, Scatman Crothers, Ralph Waite, Alice Ghostley and Ricardo Montalban. The series was well-known for being one of James Garner’s favorite television roles.
Ralph Taeger and his faithful canine sidekick Sam hit the trail in 1967’s “Hondo”. Based on the 1953 John Wayne drama of the same name, Taeger stars as a former Confederate officer who lived with the Apaches. Tasked with preventing more violence from occurring between settlers and the remaining tribes, Hondo embarks on a quest to avenge his Indian wife’s death, while battling dastardly land-grabbers and outlaws. Famed movie villain Michael Pate also stars. The series includes appearances from many guest stars that you will enjoy seeing again, including Ricky Nelson, Fernando Lamas and Annette Funicello. Noah Beery Jr., who played James Garner’s father in The Rockford Files, co-stars in this series.
The month wraps up on September 26, with Wagon Train’s Robert Horton in ten episodes of the well-regarded half hour Western drama “A Man Called Shenandoah.” Horton stars as a man who wakes up after being brutally attacked , with no memory of who he is or why antone would want to harm him. Searching for clues to his past life, the man dubbed “Shenandoah” travels through the desert running afoul of lynch mobs, dodging false charges, facing off against violent criminals, and doling out Old West justice along the way. This series boasted a number of impressive guest stars, including Oscar winners Cloris Leachman, Martin Landau and George Kennedy, along with Oscar nominees Bruce Dern, Sally Kellerman, Nina Foch, John Ireland and Arthur O’Connell.
Following these several weeks of mini-marathons, all the newly added Western series will join the regular Saturday lineup on a weekly basis. Check with your cable provider regarding getTV’s channel number for your area.