The Wide Country
|The Wide Country|
|Written by||Alan Le May|
|Directed by||Alan Crosland, Jr.|
|Theme music composer||John Williams|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||28|
|Running time||45–48 minutes|
|Original run||September 20, 1962– April 25, 1963|
The series stars Earl Holliman and Andrew Prine as brothers, Mitch and Andy Guthrie, respectively, who are traveling rodeo competitors. In the recurring story line, older, wiser brother Mitch, a champion bronco rider, discourages Andy from following in Mitch's footsteps.
The pilot for the series entitled "Second Chance" was aired on March 13, 1962, on the anthology series Alcoa Premiere on ABC. The Wide Country is similar to the ABC series Stoney Burke, starring Jack Lord as a rodeo performer, which aired thirty-two episodes during the same season.
The Wide Country faced tough competition from ABC's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and The Donna Reed Show and CBS's Mr. Ed and the first half of the legal drama, Perry Mason starring Raymond Burr. The series was canceled after one season.
On November 15, 2011, Timeless Media Group will release Wide Country- The Complete Television Series on DVD in Region 1 for the first time. The 8-disc set will feature all 28 episodes of the series.
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- 1962-1963 American network television schedule