Monday, July 21, 2014

'Gunslingers' debuts Sunday (July 20) on the American Heroes Channel

To preview "Gunslingers," a new docu-drama miniseries mining the enduring appeal of Old West legends debuting Sunday (July 20) at 9 p.m. on the American Heroes Channel, the network brought Bob Boze Bell to the Summer TV Tour. Executive editor of "True West" magazine, Bell is one of the authorities interviewed in the episodes, which revisit the lives of Wyatt Earp (star of the premiere episode), Billy the Kid (July 27), Jesse James (Aug. 3), Wild Bill Hickok (played by Walt Willey of "All My Children" on Aug. 10) and so on. In addition to many scholars of Western lore, interviews in the series include David Milch ("Deadwood") and Kurt Russell ("Tombstone"). To its credit, "Gunslingers" doesn't just reprint the legends as they're widely held. A lot of those legends were written by newspapermen of the era, who often were as whisky-drunk as their subjects and sources. Generations of later researchers have gone behind the hand-set headlines, and many of today's best from those ranks were interviewed for the series...more

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