The Virginian INSP Marathon

The all day marathon on September 22 will feature episodes 1 through 8 from the first season. This will be followed by four episodes each Saturday. At a later date The Virginian will also be broadcast daily – Monday to Friday over the next three years.

NBC Universal is providing INSP with 71 minute episodes. At present 71 minutes is the industry standard for cable television so there is an edit of four minutes footage for each episode. INSP won’t be adding any edits of their own for commercial breaks.

Thanks to Melissa Prince, manager of corporate communications at INSP for providing me with the information and graphics.

Author: PGreen

Published work in U.S.A. for McFarland & Co. Inc. : A History of Television’s The Virginian 1962-1971 (2006, 2009 Softcover edition) Pete Duel : A Biography (2007, 2009 Large Print edition; Kindle edition) Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns (2009) Jennifer Jones : Life and Films (2011)

12 thoughts on “The Virginian INSP Marathon”

  1. I agree the first episode wasn’t my first choice. The second episode should have been the first one The Woman From White Wing. That one really is one of my favorites. I’m now beginning the 7th season and can’t wait for the 8th. My wish is that NBCuniversal would create a new series based on The Virginian. Just a thought.

  2. I don’t care for the westerns produced today William and feel the art of making a series such as “The Virginian” has been lost. The optimism, camaraderie, brightly lit scenes with saturated color, humor and general feel good atmosphere of “The Virginian” can’t be duplicated today. There’s too much cynicism and violence in today’s westerns.

  3. Can’t believe that “The Virginian” will be leaving INSP…that western had real class…not another to compare.

  4. So disappointed that the contract for showing The Virginian has run out on INSP and we cannot see it anymore. Such a well done show and it’s a shame we can’t enjoy all 249 episodes. I’ve been tuning in faithfully for the past 4-5 months and I feel a bit empty with nothing to look forward to on the weekends. There won’t be another show like it.

    1. A message from INSP: At INSP, we know how much our viewers love Westerns. In particular, it has been exciting to see the enthusiasm for “The Virginian.” But it was a great disappointment when the company that owns this series informed us that they had sold the rights to another network. We never had the opportunity to try to get them to reconsider. We just didn’t have a choice. In our commitment to you and the many fans of our Westerns, we were pleased to be able to secure the rights to air a companion series: “The Virginian: The Men from Shiloh.” We hope that you will enjoy this series, and all the other great Western entertainment we provide. Thanks again for your comments. We really are trying to provide the programs you want.

  5. I am also saddened to see that the Virginian will no longer be on INSP network. I have just ordered and received the first DVD of the Virginian. Would like to know the name of the network that bought the series….The Men from Shiloh will be quite different. Only a few of the same actors etc. I also read somewhere that James Drury really didn’t care for this Virginian show. And it was the last Virginian show. Never took off. (renewed)

    1. Hi Ruth: “The Virginian” is currently being broadcast every Saturday afternoon in HD on Cozi TV. I interviewed Mr. Drury about “The Men From Shiloh” for my book. He didn’t care for Stewart Granger due to a personality clash – but he was looking forward to working many seasons on the show. When it was cancelled it was a surprise. It had excellent ratings (a 34 share and a top twenty position for the season).

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