The New Lassie
|The New Lassie|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||49|
|Executive producer(s)||Al Burton|
|Running time||25 mins.|
|Original release||September 8, 1989 – February 15, 1992|
The New Lassie is an American children and family oriented drama series which aired in first-run syndication from September 8, 1989 to February 15, 1992. The series stars Will Estes (then using his real name of Will Nipper) as Will McCullough, Lassie's new master. Real life husband and wife Christopher and Dee Wallace-Stone co-starred as Will's parents.
The New Lassie is essentially a sequel to the 1954 series, and was the latest in the line of works featuring the Lassie character, which debuted in the 1943 film Lassie Come Home, followed by several more movies and the aforementioned television series, which ran from 1954 to 1973.
The series centers on the McCulloughs, a middle-class family living in suburban Glen Ridge, California. The McCulloughs are the owners of the then-present-day descendent of Lassie. Real life spouses Christopher and Dee Wallace-Stone played Chris and Dee McCullough, with Will Estes (credited by his given name of Will Nipper) and Wendy Cox appearing as their young son Will and teenage daughter Megan respectively.
Jon Provost, who starred in the original Lassie series, portrayed Chris' brother Steve McCullough who was revealed in a later episode to be the adult Timmy Martin in an episode guest-starring June Lockhart in a reprisal of her role as Timmy's foster mother Ruth Martin. In the episode titled "Roots", Timmy reveals that he was never officially adopted by the Martins, and thus couldn't go with them to Australia when they moved there (at the beginning of season 11 of the original Lassie series). Subsequently, he was later adopted by the McCullough family, and began going by his middle name of Steven (Steve).
- Will Nipper as Will McCullough
- Christopher Stone as Chris McCullough
- Dee Wallace-Stone as Dee McCullough
- Wendy Cox as Megan McCullough
- Jon Provost as Steve McCullough
Guest stars with a Lassie past included Roddy McDowall, who had starred in the first movie Lassie Come Home (1943) and Tommy Rettig, who had played "Jeff Miller" in the early years of the original television series (later syndicated as Jeff's Collie). Other guest stars included a then young and unknown Leonardo DiCaprio and Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges.
The collie featured in The New Lassie was a fifth generation of Lassie. The dog was trained by Robert Weatherwax, the son of Rudd Weatherwax who trained the original Lassie.
After its cancellation, reruns of The New Lassie aired on TV Land Canada in 2007.
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