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Encyclopedia > Bronco (TV series)

Bronco was a Western series. The program was born when Warner Bros. executives and actor Clint Walker clashed over Walker's contract on the series Cheyenne. Walker had walked out on his show over such stringent clauses as a requirement that he kick back half of all personal appearance fees to Warner Bros., and that he only record for Warner music labels. When the two sides came to an impasse, American Broadcasting Company hired a newcomer, actor Ty Hardin, to play Bronco Layne, but kept the title of Cheyenne.

When Walker came back to his series, Bronco Layne was spun off into his own show, called Bronco. He portrayed a former Confederate officer who wandered the Old West, meeting such famous people as Wild Bill Hicock, Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Belle Starr and Cole Younger.

The show aired on ABC from 1958 through 1962, at first alternating with another Western series, Sugarfoot. In 1960, the two began alternating with Cheyenne under the Cheyenne title. Sugarfoot was dropped in 1961, leaving only Bronco and Cheyenne to alternate.

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Cheyenne (TV series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (278 words)
Cheyenne was the first "adult" western television series produced by Warner Brothers studios, and was overhauled after the first season by Roy Huggins.
The show ran from 1955 to 1963, except for the time Walker struck for higher pay and the series was temporarily replaced by a similar show called Bronco (TV series) that featured Ty Hardin as Bronco Lane, a physically huge cowboy wandering the Old West.
Afterward, the two series alternated in the same time slot from 1958 to 1962, with Bronco as the junior partner (only a snippet of his theme song was heard in the opening credits, as a kind of aural footnote to Cheyenne's).
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