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Tonight on TV - Return to those thrilling days of yesteryear

Tonight the big networks drag out America's Got Talent for another night, insult your intelligence with Wipeout and Shaq, and pepper with repeats of NCIS.

So why not take a break for just one night, don't gravitate to the cable specialty networks, use the power of your digital TV to take a look at another signal and return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.

That's right, my friends. Tonight, the Lone Ranger rides again.

Like most of our local channels, WGGS provides more than one digital signal. By tuning in to channel 16.2, you'll get to view some classic 1950's entertainment. 

A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty "Hi-Yo Silver! Away!" With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, The Lone Ranger, daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains, led the fight for law and order in the early west. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. The Lone Ranger rides again!

Start by catching episodes of the Lone Ranger at 8 and 8:30. It's a whole different era of acting, writing and camerawork, but the show still delivers fun - if predictable and a bit stilted - entertainment. Embrace your inner cowboy and experience television like it used to be.

Next, at 9 and 9:30, are episodes of Bat Masterson, starring the great Gene Barry as the derby hat wearing, cane carrying western hero. This show strived for a more adult tone and a sense of humor, so it holds up as a fine example of an earlier age.

Finally, at 10, sit back and enjoy one of the great, serious sci-fi films of the fiftie's, Destination: Moon. It attempted to paint a realistic portrayal of a manned moon landing. The great Robert Heinlein even contributed to the script. Of course, we now know what a real moon landing looks like, but this production still earns high marks for its attempts to be realistic. You'll find no ray guns or space monkeys here, just a slow-moving time capsule of our expectations of the future. What a long way we've come since then.

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