Jake Busey Joins History’s ‘Texas Rising’; Keegan Allen In ‘Final Exam’

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 2:29pm PDT

Jake Busey has been cast in jakebusey1History’s miniseries Texas Rising (working title) from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America. Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys) is exec producing the project, which will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Busey will play the older brother of “Big Foot Wallace”, Samuel Wallace, who recites the legendary admonition “Remember the Alamo.” Busey, repped by TalentWorks and manager Steven Jensen, also can be seen in Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn on El Rey Network.
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History’s ‘Vikings’ Renewed For Third Season

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 8:39am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Vikings Renewed Season 3History has renewed its first (and only for now) original scripted series Vikings for a third season. Four episodes into its 10-episode second-season run, Vikings has received a 10-episode third-season order to begin production in the … Read More »

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Cynthia Addai-Robinson Lands Lead In History’s Texas Rangers Miniseries

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 8:05am PDT

Cynthia Addai-Robinsoncynthiarobinson1 (Spartacus: War Of The Damned) has been cast as the female lead in History’s miniseries Texas Rising (working title) from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America. Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys) is exec producing the project, … Read More »

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History Greenlights Texas Rangers Mini From ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ Producer; Bill Paxton & Brendan Fraser Lead Star Cast

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

houstonpaxtonHistory has given the green light to its next big-scope miniseries, the eight-hour Texas Rising (working title), for a 2015 premiere. The project, which had been in the works at the cable network for a year and a half, comes from Leslie Greif, the producer of History’s first miniseries, mega hit Hatfields & McCoys. It will feature a big-name cast led by Hatfield & McCoys star Bill Paxton, who earned an Emmy nomination for his role as Randall McCoy. The project will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers.

Paxton will play Sam Houston, the father of Texas. He is joined by Brendan Fraser as Billy Anderson, a Texas Ranger with Comanche Indian ties; Ray Liotta as Lorca, an Alamo survivor seeking brutal revenge; history_channel_logoJeffrey Dean Morgan as “Deaf” Smith, a deaf and grizzled veteran Texas Ranger with an advanced case of consumption; Thomas Jane as James Wykoff, a homesteader who finds himself living in the middle of hostile Indian territory; Olivier Martinez as President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the tyrant dictator of Mexico; Chad Michael Murray as Mirabeau Lamar, a spirited Texas soldier who helps win the battle of San Jacinto; Michael Rapaport as Sgt. Ephraim Knowles, a would-be deserter and coward turned hero; and Max Thieriot as Jack Hays, a volunteer freedom fighter who becomes the youngest Texas Ranger.

Roland Joffé is is directing the mini, from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America, produced by Thinkfactory Media with Greif serving as executive producer. Greif also co-wrote the script for all four two-hour installments with Hatfields & McCoys producer Darrell Fetty; Hatfields co-writer Ted Mann co-wrote Night 1 with them. “From Hatfields & McCoys to The Bible to Vikings, History has made a major commitment to high-quality scripted historical dramas,” said the network’s EVP Dirk Hoogstra, “The Texas Revolution is one of the most gut-wrenching and inspirational events in our history. Doing the story justice will be a massive undertaking and we’re excited to begin production with one of the best teams in the business.” Read More »

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History Launches New Reality Series ‘Down East Dickering’

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 9:29am PST

history_channel_logoSet in “down east” Maine, Down East Dickering follows a group a colorful locals who wheel and deal their way through life by scouring the classified ads in Uncle Henry’s magazine, searching for odd jobs, crazy barters,  and offbeat goods. … Read More »

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History’s ‘Vikings’ Carves Out 3.6 Million Viewers In Second Season Debut

By | Friday February 28, 2014 @ 12:26pm PST

Vikings-History-Channel-__130405181019-275x212History‘s Vikings returned for its second season at 10 PM last night, capturing 3.6 million viewers — including 1.7 million  adults 18-49, of whom 1.1 million were guys,  and 1.8 million adults 25-54, of whom 1.2 million were men. Vikings’  first season launch had clocked a whopping 6.2 million viewers — 2.5 million adults 18-49 and 2.7 million adults 25-54 –  but, as History points out, the lead-in for its series launch last year was rating behemoth The Bible. Armed with that Mark Burnett-produced miniseries as its lead-in, Vikings averaged 4.3 million total viewers, with 2 million 25-54 and 1.8 million 18-49 in its first season — a marauding success for History, with the historical drama emerging as the No. 1 new cable series of the year and scoring three Emmy noms.
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History To Telecast Docu-Event Series ‘World Wars’ To Mark 100th Anniversary of WWI

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 11:16am PST

history_channel_logoHistory Channel and H2 will premiere a six-part event series World Wars later in 2014, the networks announced today. The project will showcase the 30-year period, featuring interviews with Colin Powell, British Prime Miniter John Major, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, and Sen. John McCain, among others. Stephen David Entertainment (The Men Who Built America) is producing.

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History Makes It Official: ‘Curse Of Oak Island’ Launches January 5

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 8:45am PST

History Channel this morning made it official, announcing one more person “must die” History Channelif there’s to be happy resolution to its new docu-series The Curse Of Oak Island, premiering on January 5 at 10 PM.

“7 MUST DIE BEFORE THE SECRET IS REVEALED…TWO BROTHERS TAKE ON A LEGENDARY TREASURE HUNT,” History said giddily in its announcement. It’s an unusual marketing campaign.

The maybe booby-trapped island on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, is possibly hiding what might be “the greatest treasure in history,” as History calls the loot. Later in today’s announcement History clarified that when it says “seven must die,”  it actually means there’s this “prophecy” that says seven people will die before the treasure is found, and that six have died in various accidents already.”

History cannot tell viewers what, if anything, is buried on the island, but is no doubt hoping it’s not Shakespeare’s Lost Folios, as some have speculated, which could dampen ratings. Priceless religious artifact brought over by the Knights Templar would be better, but neither holds a candle to pirate treasure.
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‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Bags 7.4 Million Viewers On Night 2

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 11:03am PST

The miniseries’ second night viewership across A+E NetworksHistory, A&E and Lifetime, was down 24% from Night One. Of the 7.4 million viewers, 3.1 million fell into the 25-54 age bracketfirst-photos-of-bonnie-and-clyde-miniseries-01. On History, the miniseries, … Read More »

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‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Miniseries Draws 9.8 Million Viewers Across Three Networks

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 10:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

bonnieandclydeThe opening part of four-hour miniseries Bonnie & Clyde last night delivered 9.8 million total viewers and 4.2 million adults 25-54 viewers in simulcast on Lifetime, A&E and History. That is a respectable showing though it fell short of … Read More »

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History Eyes Drama About Jesus’ “Lost Years” From Eli Roth, Eric Newman & Scott Kosar That May Involve Exorcism

By | Tuesday December 3, 2013 @ 3:36pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jesus History Channel TV Series Eli RothEXCLUSIVE: History scored big with its blockbuster The Bible miniseries. Now the cable network is exploring another project about Jesus that would portray him in a more controversial light. I’ve learned that the network is finalizing deals for the project, from feature writer Scott Kosar (The Machinist) and producers Eli Roth (the Hostel franchise) and Eric Newman (The Thing). Titled The Lost Years, the drama explores the undocumented years of Jesus’ life as a young adult. There is very little information about Jesus’ life from about the age of 13, following a pilgrimage to Jerusalem he took with his parents, to age 30, when he began his ministry and was baptized by John the Baptist. Because the project is in very early stages, it is unclear whether it would be developed as a regular series or a miniseries.

kosar pub picThe Lost Years is based on an original idea by Kosar who developed it with Roth and Newman. All three have strong horror pedigree — Kosar co-wrote The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and The Crazies, and Roth and Newman jointly produced The Last Exorcism franchise in addition to their other horror credits. That is not a coincidence — nor is Roth and Newman’s exorcism connection. Read More »

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History Developing Hannibal Barca Miniseries Produced By Halle Berry

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 10:24am PST
Nellie Andreeva

HannibalBarcaHalle Berry is set to executive produce Hannibal (working title), a miniseries about the great generals in antiquity — Hannibal Barca and his archrival Scipio Africanus — who went head-to-head in the Second Punic War.berryhalle Oscar-nominated writer Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener) is penning the script for the project, co-produced by A+E Studios and Red Arrow Entertainment. “Hannibal was not only the greatest African general to ever live, he may have been the greatest general, period,” said Berry. “His story is an intricate and captivating ride, and I’m thrilled to get this project off the ground with our partners at History.” Read More »

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A&E Networks Snags Six Premium Sponsors For ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Triple-Cast

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 9:55am PST

A&E Networks, revving up for its first ever triple-cast, of new four-hour two-night miniseries Bonnie & Clyde, announced today it had lined up six “premium sponsors” on the project — including the 20th Century Fox release of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, as well as, ironically, Match.com, plus Jeep Cherokee which will use the time to position itself as the “ultimate escape vehicle.”

Lifetime, A&E and History channels will simulcast the miniseries starting Sunday, December 8 at 9 PM ET. Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) and Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) star in the title roles of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, the infamous Depression-era outlaw couple; the cast also includes Holly Hunter (The Piano) and William Hurt (Too Big to Fail).

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History’s ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ Sued By Actor Thrown From Horse On Set

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 5:27pm PST

Tom McKay today started a legal feud with the Hatfields & McCoys. In a suit (read it here) filed Friday in LA Superior Court alleging reckless misconduct and breach of contract, McKay is going after the producers of the hit 2012 History Channel miniseries and their insurance companies for injuries he suffered after being thrown from a horse on set. The incident occurred on November 11, 2011, “when the subject horse became uncontrollable again during filming of a scene, bolted, and subsequently threw Plaintiff into a tree, resulting in serious and permanent injuries and harm to Plaintiff.” The seasoned actor is seeking unspecified damages for suffering and anguish, medical costs, and loss of earnings and earnings capacity. He wants to make an additional monetary point too. “The reckless, careless, callous, and oppressive acts of defendants, and each of them, as set forth herein-above, are sufficient to warrant the imposition of punitive and exemplary damages against said defendants in an amount sufficient to punish and make an example of them. The exact amount of such damages are presently unknown to Plaintiff, but will be subject to proof at trial,” reads the 38-page, 8-claim complaint. McKay is also seeking interest, legal costs and a declaration from the court that OneBeacon America Insurance Company and Ace USA are liable under the insurance policy the production had with them for all benefits due to him and for all and any damages claimed by him.

McKay, whose recent credits include the Starz/BBC series The White Queen, played Jim McCoy on the miniseries that ran over three nights at the end of May 2012. Hatfields & McCoys star and producer Kevin Costner is not named as a defendant nor mentioned in the suit, but several others high up in the production are including director Kevin Reynolds and executive producer Leslie Grief. The defendants formally named are Hatfields & McCoys Productions, ThinkFactory Media, OneBeacon and Ace USA. Read More »

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History To Remake Iconic ‘Roots’ Miniseries

By | Tuesday November 5, 2013 @ 11:02am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Roots Miniseries Remake HistoryEXCLUSIVE: History is taking on one of most celebrated TV programs of all time, blockbuster 1977 miniseries Roots. The cable network is planning a new eight-hour Roots miniseries after acquiring rights to the … Read More »

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Hot TV Clip: ‘Bonnie & Clyde’

By | Monday September 23, 2013 @ 12:58pm PDT

Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger star as outlaw couple Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker in the upcoming four-hour two-part Bonnie & Clyde miniseries. It’s set to air Sunday, December 8th and Monday, December 9th at 9 PM simultaneously on A&E, Lifetime and History. Check out this first-look … Read More »

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‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Miniseries Set For Dec. 8 And 9 On A&E, Lifetime & History

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 11:05am PDT

The four-hour two-part Bonnie & Clyde mini is set to air Sunday, December 8th and Monday, December 9th at 9 PM simultaneously on A&E,  Lifetime and History. Emile Hirsch (Into The Wild) and Holliday Grainger … Read More »

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History’s H2 To Air ‘9/11: Relics From The Wreckage’ Next Week

By | Friday September 6, 2013 @ 11:54am PDT

As a part of its plan to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, History announced today a new 30-minute commercial-free special to air on its cable and satellite H2 channel. Read More »

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History Greenlights Four-Hour Houdini Miniseries Starring Adrien Brody

By | Monday August 19, 2013 @ 1:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Given its impeccable track record so far with megahits Hatfields & McCoys and The Bible, a miniseries greenlight at History is big news. … Read More »

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