Question: I heard that the PAX network was making a new Bonanza series. Do you know anything about the show and the actors? Thanks. Brian
Televisionary: But of course, Brian. The Ponderosa, which kicks off with a two-hour movie Sept. 9 on PAX (9 pm/ET), is being billed as a prequel to the famous series. In it, Daniel Hugh Kelly portrays 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 takes place 10 years before Bonanza began and it tells 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. Trivia fans may also want to tune in: The producers promise to reveal how the ranch got its name, plus the reasons behind Hoss and Joe's nicknames.