Bonanza

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S.W.A.T. Star Steve Forrest Dies at 87

Steve Forrest

Steve Forrest, who starred as Lt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson on the 1970s series S.W.A.T., died peacefully on May 18 in Thousand Oaks, Calif., according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 87.

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Twilight Zone Actress Christine White Dies at 86

Christine White

Christine White, an actress best known for The Twilight Zone, passed away on April 14 in Washington, D.C., the Carroll County Times reports. She was 86. read more

TV's Most Memorable End Games

Suzanne Pleshette, Bob Newhart

That's a wrap! The stakes are rarely higher for a TV series than at the end of a season — whether it's signing off until next fall with a climactic grand gesture or taking a well-earned final bow. As part of TV Guide Magazine's Finale Preview issue (on newsstands this week), and reflecting the magazine's ongoing celebration of its 60th anniversary, we take a fond look at 60 of the best series and season finales of all time. We hate goodbyes, except when they're done this well.

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Bonanza Creator David Dortort Dies at 93

Bonanza

David Dortort, creator of the long-running hit Western Bonanza, has died. He was 93.

Dortort died Sunday at his Westwood, Calif., apartment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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A three-time Emmy nominee, Dortort got his start writing for such series as ...
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The Mentalist Season 1 and Other Announced Releases

Robin Tunney and Simon Baker

New releases announced today, June 1:

Bonanza - The Official 1st Season, Volume 1 and Bonanza - The Official 1st Season, Volume 2 will be coming out September 1

C.S.I. - The 9th Season will be coming out September 1

Doctor Who - Planet of the Dead (DVD and Blu-ray Disc) will be coming out July 28

The Mentalist - The Complete 1st Season will be coming out September 22

NCIS - The 6th Season will be coming out August 25

TV Sets: Crime and Punishment and TV Sets: Beyond The Ordinary will be coming out August 25

Torchwood - Children of Earth (DVD and Blu-ray) will be coming out July 28

The Untouchables - Season 3, Volume 1 will be coming out August 25

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Question: Why are you always criticizing CSI: Miami? Granted, it isn't as good as the original (which actually had a down year last year). And Caruso's acting is something you have to learn to tolerate. (I wonder if the script actually says, "Put hands on hips.") But on the whole, the show is quite entertaining. One of its strong suits is the backup players. I love Callie and Delko. If you want to bash a CSI show, try the horrid NY version. I can't even stand to watch it, and I'm a huge Gary Sinise fan; that tells you how bad it is. The exaggerated New York accents and the stilted acting are unbearable. I predict it will be the first incarnation of CSI to get canceled. Answer: Tell that to the original Law & Order, which had to move to Fridays to get away from the CSI juggernaut, even the subpar NY edition. The reason I criticize the Miami version from time to time is because it's such a big target. And while I also like some of the supporting players, I have grown weary of the ... read more

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James Garner, Maverick

Question: Help! Many years ago there was a TV program called Maverick, which was about two brothers, Bret and Bart. One was played by James Garner and the other by...? It's driving us nuts. Please try to help. I can see his face, but not his name. Thanks.Answer: Don't get too down about it, Irwin. The late Jack Kelly, often called "the other Maverick" while the series was on the air, seemed destined to play second banana to one star or another throughout his entertainment career. But to his credit, he had as good an attitude about it as anyone in the business. Kelly started off his career at the age of 2 weeks, modeling for an Ivory Soap ad. But his early acting years were spent in the shadow of older sister Nancy, who won Tony for the play The Bad Seed and an Oscar nomination for the movie read more

I've been watching Bonanza ...

You've got male: the men of The Ponderosa

Question: I've been watching Bonanza reruns and was wondering why it was eventually canceled. My dad says it was because Dan Blocker died. Is that true? Thanks for your help and keep up the good work!


Answer: Aw, heck — t'ain't nothin, but thanks for the kind words, Tim.

It's true that when Blocker died at 43 from surgical complications, many felt the heart and soul of the show went with him. But the show also dropped in the ratings after NBC moved it from its longtime Sunday-night berth to Tuesday night. The truth is that Bonanza most likely perished because its time had simply passed. Next to Gunsmoke, it was the longest-running Western on TV (from September 1959 to January 1973) and for much of that time it turned in phenomenal ratings. From 1964 to 1967, it was No. 1 and it only began to slip out read more

Who played Buffy on Family ...

We are family: the cast of Family Affair

Question: Who played Buffy on Family Affair?


Answer: Anissa Jones played Buffy alongside Johnnie Whitaker (Sigmund and the Sea Monsters) on the series, which ran on CBS for five years beginning in September 1966. The show focused on swinging bachelor Bill Davis (Hardcastle & McCormick's Brian Keith) and his valet, Mr. French (Sebastian Cabot), two men whose lives took a change for the domestic when Buffy, her twin brother, Jody (Whitaker), and their older sister, Cissy (Kathy Garver), the children of Bill's late brother, moved in. But the main draw for the audience tuning in was the cute little twins — and the adults in the cast were well aware of it.

"Now those kids, bless 'em, they don't use any tricks," Sabby Cabot told TV Guide in 1967. "But t read more

I heard that the PAX network ...

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.

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Premiered: September 12, 1959, on NBC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Ben Cartwright and his three sons (by three wives) ride herd over the sprawling Ponderosa spread in 1860s Nevada in one of the most handsomely mounted and beloved series of all time. The first TV Western to be shown in color, it ran for 14 seasons; was the top-rated show for three of them (1964-65, '65-66 and '66-67); had a number of first-rank directors (including Robert Altman) work on some episodes; and inspired several `Bonanza' TV-movies (none especially distinctive).

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