The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on August 8, 1976 · 159
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 1976 Stye Atlanta Journal and CONSTITUTION 7-F NBC Corners TV 'Western' Market By BOB GOODMAN Journal Television-Radio Edilor One of my all-time-favorite Western movies is "The Searchers," produced 20 years ago and starring John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Jeffrey Hunter and Ward Bond. The storyline of that splendid film had Wayne heading a party of men searching for his niece, kidnaped by Indians. The saga spanned a couple of decades, and the insightful script combined with topflight color, scenery and photography to make the release an absolute masterpiece, i When the 1976-77 television wason rolls around in late September - NBC will offer the industry's only Western prime-time series, one titled "The Quest." And the over-all plot, if nothing else, is straight out of "The Searchers." " 'The Quest' is set in the Vest before the turn of the century when the men who roamed its towns and prairies were less than the courageous, honorable cowboys popularized by fiction," a network press release dealing with the series explained. "That lusty and raucus period is re-created through the adventures of two brothers searching for their sister, a captive of the Cheyenne Indians." To be televised in the 9-10 p.m. time slot on Wednesdays, "Quest" has several things going for it. For one, Kurt Russell and Tim Matheson, two popular and able young actors, will be the featured performers. For another, the series was created by the talented Tracy Keenan Wynn (he's the son of actor Keenan Wynn), and it is a product from the David Gerber organization, in association with Columbia Pictures Television. And, as I said earlier, "Quest" will be the only prime-time Western televised by a major network in the Bob Goodman fall. And more than a few people have told me they wanted such a show available. (Of course, if "Quest" is a success, the "copycats" will quickly follow on all three networks.) Russell, probably best known for his boy-next-door roles in a long series of Walt Disney movies including "Follow Me, Boys," "Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit," "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes," "The Barefoot Executive," "Now You See Him, Now You Don't," "Charlie and the Angel," "Super Dad" and "The Strongest Man in the World" has also been featured in "The Deadly Tower," "The New Land" and episodes of "Police Story," "Harry 0," "Hec Ramsey," "The Fugitive" and "The FBI." ' Matheson has starred in both "The Virginian" and "Bonanza" TV series and has had substantial roles in such movies as "Yours, Mine and Ours," "Divorce American Style" and "How to Commit Marriage." He spent a full season with the San Diego Shakespeare Festival last year and toiled in "Romeo and Juliet," "Twelfth Night" and "Henry IV." " 'The Quest' is sort of like 'The Searchers'," Russell said in answer to my question asked during a recent California interview session, "I have never seen that movie but I've heard all about it. And my feeling is that if our series is as good as was that movie, then we're home free." I asked Mathieson if their kidnaped sister would ever be seen in the episodes. "There are no plans to show her," he replied. "The way 1 1 understand it, we'll try to use the kidnaping as a premise for the whole thing, but every episode won't center around our search for her. Many shows will be built around the events in the central characters' lives aside from the kidnaping thing." "Each story will be self-contained," Russell inserted. "There will be the continuing theme of our search for our kidnaped sister, but viewers who miss an episode or two won't have any trouble in keeping up with what's going on the next time they watch. Someone had earlier raised the question of what sort of image Indians would have on the show, and it seemed natu ral to ask this of the people involved with the production. "You do a show -for its dramatic value," Russell said. "If some person or group complains, who really cares? "What we are going to do is produce what we hope will be an entertaining series of fictional, dramatic programs. The series certainly will not center around the 'cowboys-against-the-Indians' theme. And violence won't be a key point although some violence will be included for the sake of authenticity those were violent days back then, and people knew first-hand of violence." . "The key to our success," commented Mathieson, . "is realism. If we tell it like it was, we'll be satisfied, regardless of how long we last. "All of us are giving it our best shot, and we hope it will be a winner. If it isn't, then we won't sit around and cry we'll go out and try something else." 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