The newest History Channel series event, Texas Rising, is premiering on the network on Memorial Day, May 25. The ten hour event will run over the course of five nights, with the final two hours airing on June 15. Broken into five parts, each part will run for two hours each.
With an all star cast, the Texas Rising event joins a collection of special and epic programming such as 102 Minutes That Changed America, America the Story of Us, Hatfields & McCoys and The Men Who Built America, amongst others. The channel is known for entertaining, immersive and educational programs that are both engaging and informative. In fact, their online presence is highly regarded and their Civil War 150 site was selected by the United States Library of Congress for inclusion in the Internet historical collection of materials that were related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial in 2011.
Texas Rising brings to life the aftermath of the battle at the Alamo. This is a story of the fight for Texas’ independence. Not only will the storyline cover the fight for territory in the Wild West, but it will also tell the tale of the “Yellow Rose of Texas,” the story of the legendary Texas Rangers and a battle between Generals (General Sam Houston and the Mexican General Santa Anna).
The Texas Rising cast includes Olivier Martinez, Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta, Brendan Fraser, Thomas Jane, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and so many others, all of whom are bringing to life a number of the historical characters that helped to shape the course of both Texas and American history. Although this programming event is a dramatic retelling, the attention to detail is one that will captivate the imagination, while imparting factual details as well.
The History Channels premiere of Texas Rising on Memorial Day, aligns well with the background of the holiday itself. With Memorial Day being a celebration of the women and men who have fought and died for the United States, the new series event touches on some of those men and women and their contribution to the history of the country.
On top of the star studded miniseries event itself, there is also the soundtrack for Texas Rising that is also worthy of recognition. There are a variety of new songs from a number of legendary performers. George Strait performs the title song from the soundtrack, Take Me To Texas, which was written by Brandy Clark. There are new songs from Jose Feliciano. Plus, Kris Kristofferson will not only be portraying Andrew Jackson in the series event, but he will also be performing a remake of the Tom Petty song, Won’t Back Down, for the soundtrack.
The initial two hour premiere of Texas Rising on the History Channel is on Memorial Day, May 25 at 9 PM EST. The second episode will air the very next day, May 26 at 9 PM EST. The final three will then air on every Monday after. Therefore, the third through fifth episodes will air June 1, 8 and 15, also at 9 PM EST.
By Kimberley Spinney
History Channel Press Releases
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