D’Alba- You have failed this city – By Cynthia D’Alba

Cyndi Headshot #4 I have a television-watching habit, as in our set runs from the time we get up to the time we go to bed. Now, if I’m home ALONE, I’ll turn it off (during the day) as daytime television is mostly horrible.

Growing up, my family gathered around the television. Shoot, I remember our first color TV! There was many more western-themed televisions shows back then than today.

Bonanza on Sunday evening was much as sure thing as church on Sunday morning. Since Bonanzaeveryone other female wanted Little Joe, I decided I’d take Adam! HA And imagine my surprise when,, as an adult, I found “Adam” on my beloved All My Children! And if you are old enough, do you remember when Chevrolet would introduce the new cars in September? Bonanza would run without commercials and then at the end, there was a long ad with all the new cars. I couldn’t wait for that day each year! HAHA

The Big ValleyAnd the Big Valley. Sigh. Was there a woman alive who wasn’t in love with those brothers? Heath. SIGH. And the scenery was beautiful. I wanted to look like Audra. 🙂 Branded

And then there was Branded with Chuck Connors. (And I can still sing that theme song!) The unjustly accused…trying to live and regain his name.

GunsmokeOthers that left an impact…The Lone Ranger, Sky King, Roy Rogers, Rin Tin Tin, Gunsmoke (did you root for the sheriff and saloon owner?),Wanted Dead or Alive,Wagontrail.

Which brings us to today. There aren’t shows like this around. And before you mention Deadwood (on HBO), it pretty profane-loaded and sexy. Not exactly in the same model  as those above.

LongmireHOWEVER, if  you missed Longmire…OMG!!! It was “old-time” western in today’s world. This past spring, in the worst decision ever made by A&E, Longmire was canceled after ending on a gunshot! Fans were outraged. Letters were written. Online petitions sprung up overnight. Online #Bring Longmire Back campaigns gained a foothold. A&E, in their “wisdom” stood by their decision. Netflix to the rescue. Netflix grabbed the show. All three seasons are available on Netflix and now season four (10 episodes produced by Netflix) are there! Hubby and I sat down and went through those 10 shows in three days! Like eating M&M’s….one after another. Another wonderful season. SO if those shoes mentioned at the start of this post are your “thang,” you will not be disappointed in Longmire.

So the title of this blog…I wonder if any of you recognize the line! While hubby and I wereArrow waiting for Longmire to start (and we’d finished all our “summer” shows), we dug into Arrow.  In a nutshell, it’s about a vigilante who fights crime using a bow and arrow. His head is always covered with a hood. Before he blows the “bad guy” away, he announces… “Character Name….You have a failed this city.” and then he shoots them with an arrow. Any way, the other night, my husband came to bed with his robe pulled over his head. He stood at the bottom of our bed (where I was reading!) and said, “D’Alba. You have failed this city.”

Yeah, maybe we watched a few too many Arrows while we waited!

Looking at viewing habits, it’s not surprising I write Western Romance, is it?

So what did you watch growing up?

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Porchia Summers was born into a family who gave her everything except affection. She acted out until her parents sent her to Whispering Springs before their high-society friends found out about her arrest record.

She builds a good life in Texas, but then the old boyfriend who got her in trouble tracks her down. Desperate to find a way to keep her past and present separate, she places a bid at a bachelor auction on the one man who’ll get her out of town for a few days.

Darren Montgomery is thrilled when Porchia wins him and a week of camping with his entire family in a charity bachelor auction. He’s also curious. He’s been flirting with the town’s sweet, sexy baker for years. Sometimes she flirts back, but she’s never let things go further than that. Darren’s not complaining, but he wonders just what’s going on behind Porchia’s pretty eyes.

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About Cynthia D'Alba

After living away from Arkansas since I left for college at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, I have finally made it back to Hot Springs.
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30 Responses to D’Alba- You have failed this city – By Cynthia D’Alba

  1. Sky King, Lone Ranger, Rin Tin Tin, Daniel Boone, Wagon Train, Branded, F Troop, Bonanza, Big Valley, Have Gun will Travel, Maverick, Roy Rogers, Lassie, Branded, Wyatt Earp, Wanted Dead or Alive, Wild Wild West and The Rifleman just to name a few. My dad loved westerns…..what can I say!!!

    • Maverick!! While I did watch the TV show, I can’t get Jame Garner out of my mind’s eye from the movie! He was great. OMG! F Troop. TOTALLY forgot that one. hahahaha

      Loved Wild WIld West. NEVER missed it.

      I wonder if a book series similar to Wild Wild West would do well???

  2. doveknoll says:

    It seems I watched a lot of the same shows you did. I also loved Hee Haw. Lol. One show I never missed, although it’s not a western, was MASH. I remember the finale. We had a big science test scheduled for the following day. My science teacher was a huge fan and rescheduled the test. She said she didn’t plan on missing the last show of MASH and didn’t feel it was right to expect us to. I liked her reasoning. Lol.


    • Confession…watched Hew Haw! Saw an ad the other day for getting the entire collection on DVD and I still laughed at the skits!

      LOVED MASH. Have you ever read the book that MASH is based on? FABULOUS! Read it so many times it fell apart. Highly recommend it.

  3. Clare O'Beara says:

    I watched MASH too! I also watched Doctor Who, Star Trek and Blake’s Seven. Then there was Rhoda and Mary Tyler Moore, which my dad enjoyed. Kojak, Hawaii Five-o, Ironside, Cannon, Mannix, Dukes of Hazzard, Rockford Files. Any cowboys? Alias Smith and Jones, The Virginian, High Chaparral. We were lucky to have more than one channel in those days, we had to watch what was on.

  4. mjmgma says:

    Looks good
    Looking forward to reading it.
    And you forgot one of my favorite oldies, The Virginian.

  5. I watched all the westerns with my granddad and all the syfi with my mom.

  6. laineslite says:

    Loved Bonanza, Big Valley and all TV and Movie Westerns, making me wonder if I was in the wrong time. If you believe in reincarnation, maybe we all lived another life back then but we can appreciate every convenience and medical breakthrough now instead of back then. Let us take a Western vacation for a month back then and really appreciate the modern world but the guys were definitely more maculine, macho, gritty and rough back then. I wonder if they were cute and good mannered for me though. Makes you really wonder, if time travel is possible all us gals will sign up.

  7. Ginger Robertson says:

    Good afternoon Cynthia,

    Like you, I grew up watching pretty much the same westerns. And, falling in love with the guys from Big Valley and Bonanza. Remember HopSing?
    These days I’m an ID Addict and A&E. I watch Lt. Joe Kenda, The First 48 (my favorite) and many other true crime shows.
    However, when it comes to my reading, I’m a romance reader all the way, with the exception of historicals and paranormals which aren’t my thing.

    Have a wonderful afternoon.

  8. Liette Bougie says:

    OMG! What did I watch back in the days? Many, many shows – lots of Westerns. My favorite was Lancer, followed by High Chaparral, Broken Arrow, The Virginian, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Wild Wild West, Big Valley, Cheyenne… Of course, I also watched Star Trek, Doctor Who (both the old ones and the new ones – my late brother introduced me to the old Doctor Who. I barely understood a thing at the time because my English was rather poor back in those days). Later on, Robin of Sherwood (again, I was introduced to it by my late brother). Nowadays: NCIS/NCIS:LA/NCIS:NewOrleans; Arrow; Sleepy Hollow; Reign; Musketeers; Outlander… and many, many others. I record them and watch them whenever I have time.

  9. Cheryl Lemon says:

    Love Longmire. And the Big Valley, and Bonanza, High Chaparral. Heath, Little Joe, Blue from High Chaparral sigh!!!

  10. Kim Smith says:

    My family watched all those shows too. We also watched McCloud, Columbo and McMillan and Wife. Remember the rotating shows on Mystery Monday? The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie? The shows on today aren’t the same. There are a few good ones, but they will never be like the classics.

  11. You nailed it on the head. My dad was a western fanatic too while I was growing up. Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Rifleman, The Lone Ranger, High Chapperal, Wagon Train, Rawhide, Big Valley, The Virginian, any John Wayne western made, lol 🙂 and gee any western movie that came on. Back then we only had one tv so it was watch what my parents did or go to my room.

  12. Shirley Long says:

    Your family and mine must have been exactly the same. Because we watched ALL the shows you listed. Bonanza, Big Valley (still watch that sometimes on Sat afternoon on the ME channel), Gunsmoke (there was a Gunsmoke marathon on just last week). And you are so right. They absolutely do not make westerns like that anymore., Kind of sad for the kids growing up today. They’ll never know what they missed out on. My very first glimpse of Clint Eastwood was as a very young wrangler on Rawhide. Still one of the best looking men around today.

    And do you remember going to the drive-in movies? I can remember going and watching John Wayne westerns for hours from the comfort of our car or sitting out in a lawn chair. I remember my Dad would stop at an R&W root beer drive in place and we’d get hamburgers, fries and root beer to take to the drive-in. We didn’t have a lot of money back in those days, so that was a BIG deal for us. And it was clean, honest, family fun. Not too much of that around these days.

    Sorry, I kind of got carried away. You took me back in time to some of my favorite memories as a young girl spending time with my family. Thanks!!

  13. I’ve watched about all you’ve mentioned plus Lassie, The Ed Sullivan Show and the Wonderful World of Disney. Hubs was a big fan of MASH & the Walton’s, I liked Little House on the Prairie and I don’t think there’s a John Wayne or Clint Eastwood western that I haven’t seen. I had a crush on “Daniel Boone”, Little Joe and Heath

  14. Denise says:

    The Show I couldn’t wait for every week was called ” The Quest ” Staring Kirk Russell and Tim Matheson. Their sister was stolen by Indians and they were looking for her..

  15. Janet Rodman says:

    Like you Cynthia, I was a TV addict. I used to run home from school to watch Dark Shadows. I thought that was the best. They showed reruns of it on TVland I think and I couldn’t get over how bad the acting was or how slow the story progressed. I thought it was cool though.

  16. Eileen McCall says:

    Cynthia, you and I have to be about the same age because I remember fondly every one of those shows! I remember watching all those shows in black and white. And I remember when Bonanza switched to color, or maybe it was just we got a color TV. And of course there was only one TV in the house with 3 channels! As I got older I watched It Takes A Thief, Wild Wild West, the original Star Trek, Flipper and Laugh-in. So many shows!

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