In the movies, there are sequels and prequels and remakes. (Did we really need another “Footloose?”) Television shows become movies, and movies become television shows.
And now, it appears that an entire genre is about to be resurrected.
Yes, Lucas McCain’s modified Winchester may fire again.
Chuck Connors was more than your typical late-Fifties TV cowboy. He was also played basketball for the Boston Celtics and baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
He was also my first brush with fame. Word got around my neighborhood one day that The Rifleman was at Mr. Rodman’s house. Mr. Rodman was Dave Rodman, who worked for Channel 7 in Boston. His daughter Joy was in my high school class. She said nothing.
As word spread, more and more boys on bikes were flitting past the Rodman house, pedaling in slow motion, hoping for a glimpse.
Finally, Mr. Rodman came out. He asked nicely if we’d go away if he brought Mr. Connors out for a brief hello.
Out came The Rifleman himself. Larger than life in life. He said hello to each and every one of us and shook our hands. We kept our promise and pedaled off.
Imagine. A celebrity moment with no digital pictures, no YouTube videos, no tweets or Facebook posts. Just a nice memory.
So go ahead, bring back The Rifleman. But there will always be just one Lucas McCain.
UPDATE: Now NBC has given the green light for a pilot of a remake of The Munsters. I leaned more towards The Addams Family myself.