Gunsmoke coming out with noves good idea?

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I was at Walmarts today and a new book is out by Joseph West (?) which
is a novel about Gunsmoke - a media-tie novel. I gather it will most
likely sell to western fans who like Gunsmoke - a niche withen a niche.
I am kind of amazed that a show that has not had a new episode since the
70s would now have a media-tiein novel. Long, long time difference to
start a novel series. Star Trek and Dr Who have always had tie-in
novels. 

Most media tie-in novels are not usually that good. More Star Trek novel
dogs then good ones. A few good Buffy the Vampire novels especially by
Christopher Golden and Mel Odom.  

I don't know West's history with novels. I do question the wisdom of
starting to publish books based on a series that has not had a new
episode in 30 odd years. 
Unless the reruns on Encore Western and TV Land are run away in ratings.
                                            
Carol
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Then again, Episodes of Gunsmoke aired on the Westerns Channel are a
frequent topic of discussion in the employee breakroom at my store,
where "Gunsmoke" is also being marketed. In fact I already bought one
for my Dad, who reads westerns all the time.  He's 81 and hard to buy
for.

Carol