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American Heroes Channel is saddling up for the new six-part docudrama series Gunslingers, providing the real story of the Old West’s most infamous icons.
Following the success of such recent TV oaters as History’s 2012 Hatfields & McCoys miniseries, Gunslingers incorporates reenactments with factual commentary. Each episode will highlight a different legendary figure, including Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James and Wild Bill Hickok.
The premiere episode, airing Sunday, July 20, is entitled “Wyatt Earp: The Tombstone Vendetta.” The episode features commentary from actor Kurt Russell, who played Earp in the 1993 film Tombstone. Subsequent episodes include commentary from Deadwood creator David Milch and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford author Ron Hansen.
“Gunslingers captures all the edge-of-your-seat drama of a classic Hollywood Western, but layers in all of the true facts from these legends that echo throughout history,” said Kevin Bennett, general manager of American Heroes Channel.
Among the actors who will reenact scenes include All My Children veteran Walt Willey, who portrays Wild Bill. The series is executive produced by Chris Cassel.
“American Heroes Channel is proud to bring viewers a very different style of documentary series—told from the unique P.O.V. of the icons themselves—to bring new life to the timeless frontier sagas that continue to captivate audiences,” Bennett added.
Gunslingers premieres Sunday, July 20 at 10 p.m.
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