Lonesome Dove: The Series (1994)

Lonesome Dove: The Series re-united Diahann Carroll with Billy Dee Williams, who - just like in Dynasty - plays her husband. Ms. Carroll appears in a total of seven episodes of the series. The following is an official presentation of the series, once available on the TNT website:

LONESOME DOVE THE SERIES was inspired by the success of the 1989 miniseries Lonesome Dove and its sequel, Return to Lonesome Dove. Based in part on characters created by Larry McMurtry in his Pulitzer Prize® winning novel, Lonesome Dove, Lonesome Dove: The Series is executive produced by Suzanne de Passe, Robert Halmi Jr., and Robert Halmi Sr. and brings to life all the grit, romance, and excitement that classic westerns have brought to American entertainment. 

The central character of the series is Newt Call (formerly known as Newt Dobbs, played by Scott Bairstow). He took his real father's last name after Woodrow Call acknowledged paternity. Newt leaves his father and friends at the beginning of the series and begins a perilous journey across the Montana territories, eventually settling in Curtis Wells. It is here that Newt meets his future business partner
Ida Grayson (Diahann Carroll), his bride Hannah Peale (Christianne Hirt), and his arch-nemesis Clay Mosby (Eric McCormack), a former Confederate officer who is also in love with Hannah. Other characters introduced during the first season include
Paul Le Mat as newspaper publisher Josiah Peale, father of Hannah, and Paul Johansson as Hannah's brother, Austin Peale.
  Each episode in season one begins with a scene set in 1925 as an unseen narrator
takes a book from the shelf and begins narrating the episode. Some of the special guest stars of the first season include Dennis Weaver, Billy Dee Williams, George Kennedy, Judge Reinhold, Graham Greene, and Robert Culp. Filmed on location in Alberta, Canada, Lonesome Dove: The Series was renewed for a second season under a new title - Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years.

Lonesome Dove, VHSCAST & CREDITS

Cast:
Scott Bairstow.......................Newt (Dobbs) Call 
Christianne Hirt.......................Hannah Peale Call 
Eric McCormack..........Col. Francis Clay Mosby 
Paul Johansson.................................Austin Peale 
Paul Le Mat......................................Josiah Peale 
Diahann Carroll................................Ida Grayson 
Billy Dee Williams........................Aaron Grayson 
Bret Hart..........................................Luther Root 
Lorne Cardinal..................................Spotted Elk 
Dennis Weaver.........................Buffalo Bill Cody 
Graham Greene..................................Red Hawk

Directed by Bruce McDonald

DVD RELEASE

Originally released on VHS (pictured right), the series was made available on DVD in 2004 (boxed set) and in 2005 and 2008. Boxed set re-released in 2010.

EXTERNAL LINKS (Opens in new window)

Lonesome Dove: The Series on IMDB.com


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