TV Bits: ‘Band of Brothers’ Writer Developing Western, ‘Game of Thrones’ Casts Jeyne Westerling, Two ‘Buffy’ Alums to Reunite on ‘Supernatural’
Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Band of Brothers writer Bruce McKenna and Nikita producer/director Danny Cannon are developing a new Western series for TNT titled Gateway. The 1880s-set action/adventure series will follow the three sons of a murdered sheriff in the titular town of Gateway, Colorado, who band together in order to save their town from a corrupt cattle baron. (Is there any other kind?) TNT’s currently given the show a “cast-contingent pilot order,” so we can probably expect casting rumors to start flying around soon.
Westerns are having something of a moment right now on the small screen. Also coming up is AMC’s post-Civil War series Hell on Wheels, as well as a possible remake of Wild Wild West from CBS; NBC was also working on a Western show, but scrapped the project after the pilot stage. The premise for Gateway sounds like classic Western, and with McKenna and Cannon behind it, I think there’s great potential here for a serious, well-done take on the genre. [Entertainment Weekly]
After the jump, Game of Thrones picks up yet another new cast member, and two Buffy alums dabble once more in the supernatural.