Starz Encore's Westerns Channel has slated its first original program for 8 p.m., July 29.
Hopalaong Cassidy: Public Hero #1 is a documentary on the film cowboy whose "B" movie shoot-em-ups became staples of early TV after he bought up the rights to his pictures and sold them to the then-new medium. The special was produced by Joni Levin and Keith Clarke of Point Blank Productions (MGM: The Lion Roars, The Warner Bros. Story). - John Eggerton
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