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Inside the Resurgence of the Wild, Wild West on TV — and Why It’s Happening Now

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Hunter Ingram Josh Brolin has spent his career pushing the narrative boundaries of the West.Roles in resurgent Westerns such as “No Country for Old Men” and “True Grit” fortified the Oscar nominee’s place in the genre’s recent canon.

His first major TV role was on ABC’s 1989 series “The Young Riders,” about the Pony Express.The year prior to “Riders,” Brolin spent 24 hours believing he’d get his big break on CBS’ “Lonesome Dove” miniseries, having been cast as Newt, an orphan in the West, alongside his all-time favorite actor Robert Duvall.

But the day after getting the role, the network pulled the offer, citing a contractual obligation to eventual star Rick Schroder. “It was the greatest moment of my life,” Brolin recalls. “It is still the most elated I’ve ever felt about anything work-related and then it left as quickly as it came.

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