New western for Battlestar’s Ronald D. Moore

By David Knox on August 31, 2011 / Filed Under News 4

Westerns sure are flavour of the month right now with ABC (US) set to develop Hangtown, from Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ron Moore and Caprica writer Matt Roberts.

Described as “a Western with a procedural overlay”, Hangtown is set in the early 1900s in an American frontier town that’s begun rapidly expanding with the coming of the railroad.

The series centres on three characters: the Marshall, a Clint Eastwood type who prefers to solve crimes by his instinct; a young doctor from the East Coast who is interested in using the new field of forensics to solve crimes; and a young woman writer who is trying to sell novels to the publishing houses in New York about crime in the Wild West.

Every week the instincts of the Marshall, the science of the doctor, and the young woman’s drive to tell a rousing good yarn to her editors combine to solve crimes in a wide-open, lawless town.

ABC is also developing Gunslinger while cable network TNT has a pilot order for Gateway, set in the 1880s.

Source: Deadline


  1. Scott September 1, 2011 at 11:15 am -

    Well I like the idea of a regular western tv series – but the format of yet another police procedural seems quite despairing.

  2. Nathan August 31, 2011 at 8:53 pm -

    Oh a Western Procedural, sounds interesting please please use a country song as the theme song. Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire or Willie Nelson’s Mamma don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys :D

  3. brisvegas August 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm -

    Add Bones, with a dash of Castle, and a dollop of Deadwood.

  4. Mac August 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm -

    Considering how brilliant Battlestar and Caprica were, if Moore wrote a drama set in a public toilet I’d still watch.
    (Actually that sounds dodgier than it did in my head…).

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