The Yellow Rose
The Yellow Rose is an American soap opera that was broadcast on NBC from October 2, 1983 until May 12, 1984. It was produced by Paul Freeman. The series was at least partly inspired by the more coltish elements of the soap opera Dallas, and dealt with the intrigues of the Texas-based Champion family who owned a 200,000-acre cattle and oil ranch called "The Yellow Rose."
|The Yellow Rose|
|Created by||John Wilder
|Opening theme||"The Yellow Rose of Texas"
performed by Johnny Lee and Lane Brody
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||John Wilder-Michael Zinberg Productions
Warner Bros. Television
|Original release||October 2, 1983 – May 12, 1984|
The show's cast included Sam Elliott, David Soul, Edward Albert, Cybill Shepherd, Chuck Connors, Noah Beery, Jr., Ken Curtis, Robin Wright and Jane Russell. The Yellow Rose was canceled after one season of twenty-two episodes.
- Cybill Shepherd (Colleen Champion)
- David Soul (Roy Champion)
- Edward Albert (Quisto Champion)
- Noah Beery, Jr. (Luther Dillard)
- Ken Curtis (Hoyt Coryell)
- Tom Schanley (Whit Champion)
- Michelle Bennett (L.C. Champion)
- Chuck Connors (Jeb Hollister)
- Steve Sandor (Lenny Hollister)
- Deborah Shelton (Juliette Hollister)
- Will Sampson (John Stronghart)
- Sam Elliott (Chance McKenzie)
- Susan Anspach (Grace McKenzie)
- Kerrie Keane (Caryn Cabrera)
- Jane Russell (Rose Hollister)
US Television RatingsEdit
|Season||Episodes||Start Date||End Date||Nielsen Rank||Nielsen Rating||Tied With|
|1983-84||22||October 2, 1983||May 12, 1984||90||10.1||"Manimal"|
The series' theme song "The Yellow Rose" — set to the tune of the traditional "The Yellow Rose of Texas" but with new lyrics referencing the setting of the show — was recorded by country singers Johnny Lee and Lane Brody. The song became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart on April 21, 1984.
Warner Bros. released the complete series to DVD on May 3, 2011, consisting of all 22 episodes on a five-disc set. The set was released as part of the manufacture-on-demand Warner Archive Collection.
- "1983-84 Ratings History -- The Networks Are Awash in a Bubble Bath of Soaps".
- Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books. p. 54.
- TV Shows on DVD series release announcement