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LONGMIRE RESCUED BY NETFLIX

Netflix has rode to the rescue of the contemporary Western series Longmire. It has now been announced that the video streaming service will carry the show, the fate of which was in limbo for several months. Set in present-day Wyoming, the TV series ran for three seasons on A&E until a surprise cancellation by the…

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STRANGE EMPIRE – Episode Six Review – Sources of Power

The sixth episode of CBC’s new Western series Strange Empire, entitled “Electricity”, debuted November 17th and while giving some story-time to emerging electronic communication (i.e. the telegraph) it was another source of power that drove plot-lines forward – that of legal authority. Set in 1869 in what will become the border region of Alberta-Montana, the…

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GREAT AMERICAN RAILROAD STORIES – NEW BOOK

A new book offers a look back at 75 years of railroad stories from America. Great American Railroad Stories (2014) contains articles originally published in Trains magazine, reaching back to the magazine’s launch in 1940. At over 50 stories and almost 300 pages, Great American Railroad Stories offers the reader a glimpse into the era…

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NEW EPISODES & SEASON RENEWAL FOR HELL ON WHEELS

After a five-week break, AMC’s Hell on Wheels returns tonight (November 8) with the first of three consecutive episodes to close out its fourth season. Launched in 2011, the Western series dramatizes the westward construction of the transcontinental Union Pacific railroad in the post-Civil War years. An ensemble cast is led by Anson Mount, who…

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STRANGE EMPIRE – EPISODE FOUR REVIEW – The Politics of Race

In its fourth episode, Strange Empire, the new Western series on CBC, took a multi-angled approach toward exploring the politics of race. The show, set in 1869 in what will become the Alberta-Montana border region, features a strong ensemble cast but this installment anchored itself around the Métis character of Kat Loving (Cara Gee). The…