INSP (the Inspiration Networks) has struck a deal with NBCU
for the exclusive cable rights to vintage TV Western, The Virginian, as
the show turns 50.
The series, which aired on Wednesday nights for almost a decade on NBC -- it
launched in September 1962 -- will join INSP's "Saddle Up Saturday"
Western block as well as getting Monday-Friday runs.
"I am thrilled that The Virginian is coming back to
television," said series star James Drury in a statement.
"[T]here's no better place to call home than INSP. They have brought
back so many of the shows that America still loves [Bonanza, Dr. Quinn, The
Big Valley] and The Virginian is sure to fit right in with their