“The Virginian” is 55 today. It was first broadcast on NBC September 19, 1962 where it was promoted as the first 90 minute TV Western (length before adverts approx. 74 min.). A testament to its lasting quality is the fact the show is still in syndication today.
Starting September 30 at 2 P.M EST the cable station INSP will start broadcasting “The Virginian: The Men From Shiloh.” This was the final, revamped season of “The Virginian.” Sadly for fans of the first eight seasons INSP will no longer be broadcasting “The Virginian.” The contract has run out. “The Men From Shiloh” was something of a departure, with Trampas and the Virginian no longer wearing their regular costumes and most of the stories taking place away from Shiloh Ranch. The only episode featuring Trampas and the Virginian together at Shiloh Ranch was the first episode of the season.
For those who aren’t aware James Drury and his wife live in Houston, Texas. The devastating floods over the weekend have left thousands of people homeless in the area. Mr. Drury’s home is above the flood level and he and his wife are safe.
Around the time Sara Lane was cast in “The Virginian” she was featured in this advertisement aimed at young women.
Happy birthday to James Drury – 83 today.