'Dukes of Hazzard' 35th Anniversary Celebrated in High Definition

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Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 08:46 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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CMT celebrated the 35th anniversary of the CBS series "Dukes of Hazzard" in high-definition with an eight-hour marathon on Sunday.

The series, which had a successful seven-year run starting in 1979 made its return to CMT in January. "Dukes of Hazzard" made household names out of Tom Wopat, as Luke Duke; John Schneider as his cousin Bo; and Catherine Bach, as their short shorts-wearing cousin Daisy.

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"The iconic television series originally launched on Jan. 26, 1979, and exploded as a pop culture phenomenon throughout its successful seven-year run," wrote Broadway World.com. "Bo, Luke and Daisy Duke, along with their Uncle Jesse, fought the corrupt political system of Hazzard County, and made short-shorts, fast cars and CB radios cool around the globe."

The series' popularity even led to a 2005 movie, starring Sean William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, and Jessica Simpson. The movie, which also had Burt Reynolds playing Boss Hogg and country music legend Willie Nelson playing Uncle Jesse, made $80 million at the box office domestically and another $30 million overseas.

"Duke of Hazzard" fans responded positively to the CMT reruns on Twitter.

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