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November 11 2010

Wild Wild West To Return To TV

Apparently CBS is really happy with how the Hawaii Five-0 reboot is doing, so why not plumb the archives for more old properties to relaunch?

Deadline Hollywood broke the news yesterday that former CSI executive producer/co-showrunner Naren Shankar and Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ron Moore have both been tapped to relaunch The Wild Wild West TV series.  The original show ran on CBS from 1965 to 1969 and spawned a (horrible) movie in 1999.

The series was always described as “James Bond on horseback” and dealt with two Secret Service agents who always took on fantastical villains and used numerous “futuristic” gadgets.  To say it was “steampunk before steampunk even had a name” would be an understatement.

So, of course the burning question is whether or not this show will work in 2011 (when we presume it would premiere).  Well, it has two very talented people behind it, and steampunk is turning into a huge sub-culture at the moment, so there are two distinct pros for the series already.  Will the mass market care about it, however?  That’s a tough call.  Westerns have had a bit of resurgence as of late, but nothing like the genre enjoyed in the 1950’s and 60’s.

I’m willing to give it a try, but is this really where CBS is now?  Can we expect Bonanza to come back next?  Gunsmoke?  Davy Crockett?  Sure, why not, lets just bring everything back!  Who needs original concepts any more!

I swear the day someone announces My Mother, The Car is coming back, and I’m going to live in a cave.



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