Bat Masterson (1958-61)

Ragnar may have met his fate on “Vikings,” but History is staying in business with Travis Fimmel, the man who played him.

Fimmel is teaming up with the network to develop a scripted anthology series that tells the stories of Wyatt Earp and other iconic sinners and anti-heroes throughout history. The actor, who brought the idea to the network and A+E Studios, wrote the first episode and will executive produce and star as Wyatt Earp.

The series’ first installment will focus on Earp, from his days in Dodge City and his relationships with Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson, to the real story of what happened during the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral.

“Travis is a remarkable actor and we’re honored to continue our relationship with him after his recent magnetic performance on ‘Vikings’,” said Arturo Interian, History’s SVP of scripted programming. “Just as Travis brought a completely fresh and unexpected approach to his character Ragnar Lothbrok, this would be an unconventional portrayal of Earp like you’ve never seen. We intend to capture the violent spirit of the great Sergio Leone films through telling the true story of criminal turned lawman.”

“I’ve always been fascinated with what motivates people’s transgressions and the scandalous journey into infamy,” said Fimmel. “I wanted to re-examine stories people think they know without the rose-colored glasses of Hollywood and let the audience decide for themselves if people like Wyatt Earp were sinners or victims of life circumstances.”

The as-yet-untitled project hails from A+E Studios, along with Atlas Entertainment and Imperative Entertainment. Charles Roven and Alex Gartner will also serve as executive producers.

Fimmel is repped by Management 360, Paradigm and AJ Brandenstein of Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.


Mark me, Graham McTavish will be in an episode, sounds like the perfect vehicle for one of the busiest actors on the planet.

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Bat Masterson (born William Barclay) (26 November 1853, Henryville, Quebec, Canada – 25 October 1921, New York, NY) was frontier lawman and newspaper editor.

He famously served as a deputy to Wyatt Earp in Dodge City, Kansas and then became the sheriff of Ford County, KS.

Much like Wyatt Earp he had brothers in law enforcement too, and even avenged the death of his brother Ed, by the hands of two outlaws.

As the west settled down he became an athletic and boxing club manager and promoter. 

He has been featured in many TV shows and movies, even a TV show called Bat Masterson

Bat Masterson was a Western series which showed a fictionalized account of the life of real-life marshal/gambler/dandy Bat Masterson. The title character was played by Gene Barry and the half-hour black-and-white shows ran on NBC from 1958 to 1961. The series was produced by ZIV Television Productions, the company responsible for popular syndicated series as Sea Hunt and Highway Patrol.

Barry went on to star in Burke’s Law, a detective series set in modern-day Los Angeles, as well as The Name of the Game, a series in which he alternated the lead with Tony Franciosa and Robert Stack, appearing in most of his episodes with newcomer Susan Saint James. (Wikipedia)