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Bookshelf: Bonanza #25

Bonanza #25 First Published August 1967 Published by Gold Key/K.K. Publications, Inc. This issue contains two full stories. In “The Fugitive” (which is marked “Reprinted by Popular Demand”) follows the Cartwrights as they attempt to protect newlyweds Terry and Conchita from El Cuarto, “the richest (and the cruelest) land owner in California!” El Cuarto was … Continue Reading →

Quarterly Bonanza Ratings, 1959-1969

Here’s something you don’t see very often. In its September 22nd, 1969 issue, Broadcasting listed the quarterly ratings for NBC’s Bonanza from the start of the series in 1959 through the first half of 1969. Rarely is it possible to chart the growth — and decline — of a successful series. Unfortunately, I don’t have … Continue Reading →

Bonanza’s Sudden Cancellation

While attempting to learn more about the “alternate” theme song to Bonanza yesterday, I came across several articles about the show’s cancellation in November of 1972. The sudden death of Dan Blocker, who played Hoss Cartwright, on May 13th of that year, less than a month before production was to begin on Bonanza‘s fourteenth season, … Continue Reading →

Alternate Theme to NBC’s Bonanza

I can’t claim to be an expert on Bonanza, although I’ve certainly enjoyed a fair share of episodes over the years, so I don’t know all that much about this “alternate” version of the Bonanza theme song. I have found only one reference to it, in a September 1970 article in The Los Angeles Times: … Continue Reading →