Yes very sad to lose yet another great Western star - R.I. P. Mr. Dillon !
The Late Great James Arness was also good later as the grizzled 'Zeb Macahan' in 'How The West Was Won' TV miniseries (which is out on DVD) and played a contemporary Police officer in 'McCain's Law' (tho' like Lorne Greene as 'Griff' sadly it was too short lived a show...)
Nice that Jim payed tribute to James Arness - from one Ledgendary TV Cowboy figure to another - class acts both !
In the UK CBS Action channel is still screening season 13 of 'Gunsmoke' on sundays (two episodes) plus first season 'Bonanza' (twice weekdays) - so some TV Western presence IS returning to our screens at long last !
TCM are back to 'The High Chaparral' weekdays now having screened seasons 7 to 9 of 'Gunsmoke' plus first season 'Maverick' and early episodes of 'Rawhide', they have also screened the current TV Western 'Hell on Wheels' which was quite good.
TCM have also screened as a feature film 'Hondo And The Apaches' taken from the short running TV show circa 1967 starring Ralph Taeger as Hondo with both Gary Clarke & Randy Boone from 'The Virginian' also featured. Gary playing a U.S. Army officer.
Let's hope 'The Virginian' & other classic TV Westerns return to our screens in the UK as in the USA very soon !