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06 March 2011 @ 12:38 pm
Westerns Are Back  
At least according to this article. I guess Firefly was just ahead of its time :( And Magnificent Seven as well, I suppose.
pat: NF kittiespat_t on March 6th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Well, that looks *interesting*.

I remember when I was growing up, westerns were the best thing ever: Cheyenne, Rawhide, High Chapparel, Lancer, Alias Smith & Jones, Big Valley. *sigh*
But, I don't want to be a pie,: skyidontlikegravy on March 6th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Westerns being popular is one of those cyclical things, like vampires, that come around every few years or so. I particularly love how people always somehow forget the existence of the last time they were popular. According to the author of that article, it's been decades since the Western was popular, but what about Firefly, Young Guns, Dances with Wolves, Unforgiven (and about two dozen other movies and shows I could think of off the top of my head!)

At the end of the day, a good genre is always going to be a good genre and directors will all think 'hmm, nobody's visited this for a while' around about the same time and coincidentally create a resurgence in that particular genre!

Erm, sorry, I seem to have accidentally put my media studies hat back on for a moment. I'll just pop it back in its dusty cupboard and go about my business :)
Ithithildyn on March 6th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
True, but it wasn't like when I was a kid and westerns were everywhere on TV and in the movies. And Firefly got canceled, so that's why I said it was ahead of its time. Maybe it would do better now.
Taxicab Messiahdonna_c_punk on March 7th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
They are running Firefly on the Science Channel now. The pilot is actually playing at the moment.
americanfairy: *giggle*americanfairy on March 7th, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
You have no idea how happy this article makes me! I remember westerns and period dramas being cool when I was a kid. There was Avonlea, Lonesome Dove (the series), and Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. Then, when I reached my teen years they seemed to fall out of fashion. So glad to see it attempting to come back!
valihavaliha on March 7th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
I just found out True Grit is to begin playing in one of our theaters, but no one likes the same movies I do so I have no one to go with! I'm sorely tempted to go on my own.