SFM Entertainment is proud to announce that NBC Universal’s COZI-TV is now running “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” twice daily, five days a week! You can also purchase the Season 2 box set of “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” in stores across the U.S. from Inception Media Group.
As you know, "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" began airing on January 1, 2013 Monday-Friday at 3:30 pm on the Starz/Encore's Western Channel. The show also runs Saturday morning at 11:30am. Starz/Encore has licensed all 226 episodes of the half-hour classic western TV show./SFM Entertainment is proud to represent this iconic series, produced by Louis F. Edelman, which will now be available to a whole new generation of viewers, as well as fans of the original series.
"The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" is based on the adventurous life of frontier marshal Wyatt Earp, who lived from 1848 to 1929. It follows Marshal Earp's life and career as he moves from Ellsworth to Wichita to Dodge City, Kansas and then to Tombstone, Arizona. Each episode of Wyatt Earp is based on an actual incident in Wyatt Earp's life and could be considered one of television's first 'reality series'. The journey concludes with a five episode story about how Wyatt Earp, along with his brothers and Doc Holliday, took on the Clanton Family in the legendary shootout at the O.K. Corral.
Stanley Moger, President of SFM Entertainment and Distributor of the series, stated: "The return of this iconic series once again proves that the fundamental moral and ethical values dramatized in each episode are still the basic values of our great country! It is one of the reasons that the Western culture endures and evokes such attention."
The show first aired on ABC-TV from 1955 to 1961, starring Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp.It was the first in what soon became a stampede of new TV Westerns created for an adult audience. Television Westerns before "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp"—such as "The Lone Ranger"—were aimed at children. Wyatt Earp debuted in 1955 with a handful of other Westerns for adults (including CBS's "Gunsmoke") and were so popular that 28 new Westerns premiered in prime time in 1958. Despite this incredible number of Westerns on television at that time, when the dust finally settled, only a few Westerns were rated among the top 10 shows on television. "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" was one of them.
One of the reasons for the show's success may be that the same writer who wrote the pilot— author and playwright Frederick Hazlitt Brennan—also wrote most of the 226 episodes. Though it is common practice today to have the same writers, who create a show's pilot, continue to be deeply involved in the show for its entire run, this was very unusual for the 1950s.
You can watch "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" Monday through Friday at 3:30 pm on Starz/Encore's Western Channel and Saturdays at 11:30am