JLTV’s Western Block

(Above: ‘Bonanza’s’ Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Buck and Lorne Greene)

Jewish Life Television (JLTV) tomorrow will launch a weekly two-hour block of classic westerns: Annie Oakley, Stories of the Century and Bonanza.

We haven’t figured out the Jewish angle on the first two shows, so we’ll start here with Bonanza, which will run every Wednesday at 10 pm ET/PT.

The long-running NBC hour starred Lorne Greene, a son of Russian Jewish immigrants, as the patriarch of the Cartwright clan. Future Highway to Heaven angel Michael Landon, whose father was Jewish, played one of Cartwright’s sons, Little Joe.

JLTV will show an episode from Bonanza’s first season (1959-1960), “The Gunman,” which you can also watch right here:

Annie Oakley, starring Gail Davis, and Stories of the Century, starring Jim Davis, both premiered in syndication during January 1954. Stories then beat fellow nominee Annie to win an Emmy for “Best Western or Adventure Series.” To our knowledge, the two Davises were neither related nor Jewish.

JLTV will show Annie Oakley at 9 pm Wednesdays, starting tomorrow with its second episode. Stories will follow at 9:30 pm, beginning with episode one. Again, we’ve got both episodes for you right here:

You can catch more episodes of Bonanza, Annie Oakley and Stories of the Century every Wednesday from 9 to 11 pm at JLTV’s 24/7 streaming location: jltv.tv/watchjltv.php. The JLTV schedule also includes such classic series with Jewish stars as The Soupy Sales Show, Candid Camera, The Danny Kaye Show, The Goldbergs (vintage version), The Jack Benny Program and, starting this Thursday, Groucho Marx’s You Bet Your Life.


About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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