Amanda Blake’s Frustration Boiled Over When ‘Gunsmoke’ Was Canceled

gunsmoke actor Amanda Blake gave the character Miss Kitty Russell her all. As a result, adult Western audiences across the country connected with her, developing a fondness that lasted for many years. However, all good things must come to an end, which held true for gunsmoke, as well. Blake was furious when she heard that CBS canceled the show, which led to some violent thoughts.

CBS canceled ‘Gunsmoke’ after 20 seasons

Amanda Blake as Miss Kitty Russell | CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

gunsmoke was the most popular show on television for years, which reflected in its impressive ratings. It became CBS’ most valuable program, making actors James Arness, Blake, Milburn Stone, and Dennis Weaver significant figures to represent the show. gunsmoke added new faces over the years, such as Burt Reynolds, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor, and Roger Ewing.

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