Question: I heard that the PAX network made a new Bonanza series. Do you know anything about the show and the actors? Thanks.
Answer: But of course, Brian. The Ponderosa, which initially ran from September 2001 to the following May, was a prequel to the famous series. In it, Daniel Hugh Kelly portrayed rancher Ben Cartwright as a young man, taking on the role originally played by Lorne Greene during the parent series' 1959-73 run on NBC.
Ponderosa took place 10 years before Bonanza began, and it told the story of how Cartwright and his three sons Adam (Matt Carmody), Hoss (Drew Powell) and Little Joe (Jared Daperis) got their start in the ranching business after the death of Cartwright's wife.