I'm kind of keeping my fingers crossed that the new Dennis Quaid Michael Chicklis Vegas will take hold, and we may end up with some good present day westerns. With the great choices we have now for real American Indian actors, I wish someone would come up with a show featuring a sheriff of a reservation, kind of like the sheriffs character in Thunderheart . Even a 1880's Western would be fun as long as it is a new idea and not a rehash of the old Bonanza, Big Valley, Gunsmoke, etc.
Have you had a chance to see Longmire on A & E, Anne? Currently scheduled for 10pm ET and CT on Sundays, the stories are set (and actually filmed) in Wyoming and center around a taciturn sheriff (Australian actor Robert Taylor) and the crimes he investigates in his jurisdiction. The people surrounding the lawman include "a city-gal deputy named Victoria (Katee Sackhoff); another deputy named Branch (Bailey Chase), who we learn in the pilot wants Walt’s job; and Walt’s friend Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips in the cast’s most intriguing portrayal)." It has been pretty favorably reviewed and episodes can be seen online at IMDb here if you would like to check it out the early entries in the series. Perhaps it will be of interest?