Lonesome Dove

(1989)
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Lonesome Dove is a Western television miniseries based on Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. Starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones, Lonesome Dove was originally broadcast by CBS on February 5, 1989, drawing a huge viewing audience, earning numerous awards, and reviving both the television western and the miniseries.

An estimated 26,000,000 homes tuned in to watch Lonesome Dove, unusually high numbers for a Western at that time. The western genre was considered dead by most people, as was the miniseries. By the show's end, it had earned huge ratings and virtually revamped the entire 1989–1990 television season. A favorite with audiences, as well as critics, Lonesome Dove garnered many honors and awards. At the 1989 Emmy Awards, the miniseries had 18 nominations and seven wins, including one for director Simon Wincer. Another miniseries of significantly lower TV ratings and less critical acclaim, War and Remembrance, won the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries. Yet, Lonesome Dove found success later, when it won two Golden Globes, for Best Miniseries and Best Actor in a Miniseries.

The film was deemed Program of the Year by the National Television Critics Association, as well as Outstanding Dramatic Achievement. It received the D.W. Griffith Award for Best Television Miniseries, and CBS was presented with a Peabody Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama. In a 2003 TRIO Network Special, TRIO ranked Lonesome Dove third in a list of ten outstanding miniseries, beginning from the time the format was created.

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  1. Tommy Lee Jones

    Tommy Lee Jones

    Woodrow F. Call

  2. Robert Urich

    Robert Urich

    Jake Spoon

  3. Danny Glover

    Danny Glover

    Joshua Deets

  4. Diane Lane

    Diane Lane

    Lorena Wood Parker

  5. Robert Duvall

    Robert Duvall

    Augustus "Gus" McCrae

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Season 1

1989 | 4 Episodes

Season 1 of Lonesome Dove premiered on February 5, 1989.

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Status Ended

Network CBS

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Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 384m, 480m

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