Encore Westerns Rounds Up Two Series

Encore Westerns has added two more notches to its series gun, acquiring the rights to Cimarron Strip and The Rifleman.

Cimarron Strip, starring Stuart Whitman, ran on CBS for one season in 1967. The 23 episodes, spanning 70 minutes apiece, will make their Encore Westerns premiere in July.

Starring Chuck Connor, The Rifleman was an ABC staple from 1958-63, and its 168 half-hour installments will join the multiplex’s lineup in December.