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'Justified' Creator Also Wrote for Nickelodeon's 'Hey Dude'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 25th 2010 7:30PM
Graham Yost may have brought the noir western back to television with the hit FX series 'Justified,' but it's not his first foray into the wild west. That is if you can actually call his first western "wild."

According to his IMDB page, Yost's first writing job was for the short-lived Nickelodeon series 'Hey Dude' in the late 80s and early 90s, an afternoon sitcom about the day in the life of an Arizona dude ranch. He wrote 13 episodes of the series, the most of any other writer on the staff.

He went on to write a number of screenplays for hit action movies such as 'Speed' and 'Broken Arrow,' and even contributed to critically acclaimed mini-series including 'From the Earth to the Moon' and 'The Pacific.' Still, it just amuses me to know that such a storied and impressive career all started on Mr. Ernst's ranch. It also shames me a little bit to admit that I remember watching that show.

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It's a little wild and a little strange when you make your home out on the range. And then go on to write Speed and a couple episodes of Band of Brothers. This is almost as surprising as another trivia bit I learned, that

March 26 2010 at 12:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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oops got cut off there... but the tidbit I was referring to was that Inside The Actor's Studio host James Lipton composed the theme for the old cartoon Thundercats.

March 26 2010 at 12:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was so immediately addicted to "Justified" that I now count it my favorite show on television. I've asked two other friends to watch and they are also addicted. The scripts are unique, the storyline so strong and innovative. Kudos, Graham Yost! I think this show is going to have a long run, but if it doesn't catch on, it's only because of the later time slot.

March 25 2010 at 11:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ashamed nothing. I watched every episode of Hey Dude and LOVED it. I still know the theme by heart.

"watch out for those man eating jack rabbits, and those killer cacti, ya hear?"

March 25 2010 at 8:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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