Rather surprised that no one's discussing the History Channel miniseries, which I have found superb (though I don't get to see part III until the wife gets home today, so I can't draw a definite conclusion.) Despite its Appalachian setting, it certainly looks and feels very much like a Western--and a darn good one, at that.
I'd be interested to see if the folks around here enjoyed it as much as I have. If part III is as compelling as I and II, it'll end up a keeper alongside Open Range, 3:10, and the Coens' True Grit. I will admit to being an easy target; if a movie has horses and handguns, I'm pretty much sold. I also have a distant Costner connection, so I'm doubly biased.
And since I have limited my 19th century studies to what occurred west of the Mississippi, I'd be interested to know your take on its historical veracity...before I get all obsessive and start reading every thing I can get my hands on. And to that point, I'd love reading recommendations.