Just as we’ve been heralding the trend towards cowboy names, it looks like we could be in for a posse of new ones.
In the L.A. Times the other day, an article talked about prime-time television’s “reinvigorated love of the western, where projects are sprouting like cactus in the desert…and viewers may see the biggest glut of westerns since the genre’s heyday of the ‘60s.”
It was that heyday that incited the stampede of names that hadn’t been heard in a century onto the boys’ popularity lists of the 1950s, sixties and seventies, some of which are still riding tall in the saddle.
I thought it might be fun to look back at those TV cowboy names, and trace the old black-and-white shows that re-introduced them –we can check later and see whether the series scheduled to be revived, like The Rifleman, will use the same names or resurrect/create others.
Here’s some history of what and who and when. Clearly the favorite nom de cowboy was Clay, chosen by at least five different scripters. It’s also kind of amazing to see the sheer number of westerns there were on the small screen mid-century. Was there room on the schedule for anything else?