| I want someone else to start a new TV channel as I don't have the money or media connections to do so. But I want it done my way. Something akin to INSP channel, available on DirectTV and Dish, for instance.
What I'd like is an old cowboy channel. Yes, that's right. I'm a girl; it's 2014; westerns are outdated and unfashionable. However, I have discovered lately that I like them. I'm fascinated with the accuracy versus fantasy as history lessons. But I'm also fascinated about what they say about the eras in which they were made. The 50's were not as message oriented as the 60's, for example.
The shows would be interspersed with short talks by historians, like AMC does with old movies and film critics and actors. Aging actors could appear for interviews or memories of making the shows. Secrets of stunt men, costumes, and changes in studios would be shared. But mostly, just good old western shows.Such a channel would appeal to an aging population, and might interest a new audience.
My favorite would be The Virginian. I'd run a double on Saturday night, and at least twice during the week to accommodate different work schedules and students. Gunsmoke and High Chaparal would run regularly, too. Shorter series would be changing from season to season due to fewer episodes, but would come up again in a year or two. Like real oldies: Sugarfoot (that's lower than a tenderfoot) and Cimmaron Strip. Of course, we'd see How The West Was Won (movie and series), Maverick, Wagon Train, Paladin, Rifleman, and Rawhide. Then there was Branded, Kung Fu, and Daniel Boone. Davy Crockett was owned by Disney, but it would be excellent. Cheyenne, F Troop, and River Boat would make the list, all different from each other. Alias Smith and Jones and Laredo are the most modern I can remember.
I don't especially care for Bonanza because of the colors, costumes (always the same for convenience of stunt doubles), and the phony choreography of the heroic brothers. But it's far too popular to omit. I do like Big Valley, despite the tightness of the family, and the frequent story themes of other people hating the Bartlett's (hating the Cartwright's is a continuing theme in Bonanza). The Big Valley features large scale farming as well as ranching, and the related problems of transporting goods, immigrants, and other historical interests.
So if someone out there wants to start and run a TV channel, 24 hour Western series, movies, and educational programs, I'm willing to consult and research!