Thursday, September 11, 2014

What Might've Been: Young Dan'l Boone (1977)

"Those who fail to remember history are doomed to repeat it."---George Santayana

4 years after CBS & 20th Century Fox had misfired with a revival of Perry Mason, the two combined to attempt a prequel to the studio's hit series, Daniel Boone. Yes, I said prequel.

Young Dan'l Boone didn't get very far in the 1977-8 season, likely because it was running on the wrong night or something. If I recall correctly, it aired Mondays, opposite Little House on the Prairie. Case closed.

Rick Moses was cast as Daniel in this series that purported to tell of Boone's exploits as a young man, years before the period depicted in the earlier series with Fess Parker. However, the prevailing mentality among viewers was that, despite this being a prequel, they would only accept Parker as Boone. That attitude continues today with some of the failed revivals we've seen in recent years. Moses would recover and gain fame in daytime, particularly on General Hospital in the early 80's.

I never saw the show, so there's no rating, but we'll leave you with a sample clip.

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