You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

A&E saddles up western series

The Arts & Entertainment Network is scheduling a western package to air the day before Warner Bros.’ western documentary series begins airing.

A&E has been successful with its own western docu series and wants a bit of rub off from the Warner promotion.

Extending ‘Real West’

The cable network has been airing “The Real West,” produced by Greystone Communications, and has extended its order on that show — one of its highest-rated original series ever — with 26 new episodes. A&E is scheduled to launch its second season of the show on April 1 at 8 p.m.

On March 21, the cabler will roll out a daylong schedule of western movies and past episodes of “Real West” in an attempt to gain steam from Warner Bros.’ “The Wild West,” a 10-hour documentary being syndicated as part of its Prime Time Entertainment Network.

Lemmon pledge

Warner Bros.’ “Wild West” is scheduled to start airing March 22, with most stations expected to air one two-hour installment each night for five nights. Jack Lemmon narrates. Accompanying the series will be a full-blown marketing campaign, including heavy advertising in Time Warner-owned magazines, study guides for schools and other promotional avenues.

A&E is calling its March 21 programming slate a western mini-marathon. According to the network, the goal is to showcase “The Real West” on a special day and introduce it to viewers who may not have seen it before.

During the day A&E will offer, “A&E Family Movie: The Great Sioux Uprising, “”John Wayne: Young Duke,””Screening Room: Rio Bravo,” and three episodes of the hourlong “The Real West.”

A&E’s docu series blends original footage of historic sites, photographs and the like with commentary by western experts. Fronted by Kenny Rogers, the series could be compared in style with Ken Burns’ PBS series “The Civil War.” It premiered on A&E last September. Greystone’s Craig Haffner and Donna E. Lusitana are exec producer and co-exec producer, respectively.

More TV

  • Michael Che Defends Kevin Hart on

    Michael Che Ribs Academy Over Kevin Hart Controversy on 'SNL'

    Kevin Hart may have alienated some in Hollywood over his recently resurfaced homophobic tweets, but that didn’t stop “Weekend Update” co-host Michael Che from cracking some jokes in support of Hart on Dec. 8’s “Saturday Night Live.” After briefly recapping that Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars after the 2011 tweets came to light, [...]


    'The Umbrella Academy' Superheroes Series Premiere Date Set on Netflix

    The dysfunctional-family superheroes of “The Umbrella Academy” are landing on Netflix worldwide on Feb. 15, 2019. The live-action series is based on the “Umbrella Academy” comic books created and written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, published by Dark Horse Comics. The Netflix original series comprises 10 one-hour episodes. “The Umbrella Academy” stars [...]

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Jason Momoa"

    Robert De Niro Appears as Robert Mueller in 'Saturday Night Live' Cold Open

    Robert De Niro made a surprise appearance as special counsel Robert Mueller in “Saturday Night Live’s” cold open. De Niro popped out of a closet in a sketch that skewered President Donald Trump and the mounting legal pressure Mueller’s investigation has put on many of Trump’s associates. Alex Moffatt played Eric Trump in a bedtime-story [...]

  • ‘The Breadwinner,’ ‘Ivandoe’ Top 2019 European

    ‘The Breadwinner,’ ‘The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe’ Top 2018 Emile Awards

    LILLE, France – “The Breadwinner” director Nora Twomey and “The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe” directors Christian Bøving-Andersen and Eva Lee Wallberg took top honors at Saturday night’s second edition of the European Animation Awards (EAA) in Lille, France, scooping best feature and best TV/broadcast production respectively. It was an evening of beautiful [...]

  • The King Eric Clapton A Life

    Rashida Jones, Lili Zanuck Talk Grammy Nominations and the Music-Documentary Gold Rush

    Nothing takes you back to time and a place like the music of a particular era. That’s one big reason why music documentaries are flourishing at a time of enormous demand for high-end docu productions. This year’s five Grammy Award nominees for best music film reflect the appetite for stories about renowned and beloved musical figures, [...]

  • Sacred Games Indian Television

    'Sacred Games,' 'Miss Sherlock' Win Asian Academy Creative Awards

    Hulu Japan and HBO Asia’s “Miss Sherlock” won best drama series at the inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards. The awards were spread over two evenings at Singapore’s Capitol Theatre on Friday and Saturday. India’s Anurag Kashyap won best direction (fiction) for season one of Netflix original series “Sacred Games.” The series also won best editing [...]

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend -- "I'm Not The

    'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Boss Breaks Down Introducing Skylar Astin as the New Greg

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “I’m Not the Person I Used to Be,” the Season 4 midseason finale of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” As the CW’s musical comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” prepares to sign off with a series finale in 2019, showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna and her team of writers have been pushing [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content