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CBC CANCELS STRANGE EMPIRE WESTERN SERIES – UPDATE

The Canadian national broadcaster, CBC Television, announced March 2nd that it is cancelling its well-received Western TV series, Strange Empire, after one season. Launched in October of 2014, the show was set in the Alberta-Montana border region of 1869, and centered upon a group of women that find themselves isolated in that territory following dramatic…

BUFFALO RISING – NEW WESTERN FILM PREVIEW

A new French short film is continuing the European tradition of engagement with the Western genre. Buffalo Rising, released in 2014, is a 15-minute tale set in the South Dakota of 1890. Directed by Pierre-Yves Hampartzoumain, with screenplay by Laurent Bertin and Hampartzoumian, the story focuses upon Tom (Laurent Bertin) and his young son, Jack…

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COLORADO HONORS BLACK COWBOYS & RANCHERS

In tandem with Black History Month, the Colorado Legislature has recognized the historical contribution of black cowboys and ranchers to the state. In an observation on the House floor on February 20th, the state honored both black Westerners and the Black American West Museum located in Denver. The museum, founded in 1971, shares the history…

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STRANGE EMPIRE REVIEW COLLECTION – SEASON ONE

Strange Empire, the new Western series on CBC television, concluded its first season on February 2nd, 2014. Set in the Alberta-Montana region of 1869 – a time period shortly after the US Civil War and the creation of the nation of Canada – the show centers upon a group of women that find themselves isolated…

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RED DEAD REDEMPTION SEQUEL – Rumor Round-up

As follow-up to the earlier post, New Red Dead Redemption on Video Game Horizon, this site is “rounding up” a number of the current rumors regarding a coming sequel to the acclaimed Western video game. Released in 2010 by Rockstar Games, Red Dead Redemption is set in 1911 as the Old West fades and both…

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STRANGE EMPIRE REVIEW – SEASON FINALE – Pivot Points

Strange Empire, the Western series that launched on CBC television in October 2014, concluded its first season on February 2nd. In this final and 13th episode entitled “The Dark Riders”, the show reset its direction for a yet-to-be-announced but hoped-for second season. To do so, a number of major pivot points occurred within the overall…

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STRANGE EMPIRE REVIEW – Episode 12 – The Power of Print

In this site’s review of Episode 11 of CBC’s Western series Strange Empire, the question was raised as to what repercussions the story sold to a US newspaper by Fiona Briggs (Ali Liebert) could bring to the community of Janestown. With the dime novel-style headline, “Massacre on the Plains”, Briggs’s tale gave an account of the killing…