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Bill Paxton Returns to History Channel with 'Texas Rising'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 14, 2014 at 4:19PM

Not so long ago true family rivalry 'Hatfields & McCoys' won both ratings and Emmys for History Channel, which now reaches 98 million homes. So why not go back to the well, assemble another ensemble of ace character stars and revisit some juicy action-packed American history?
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'Hatfields & McCoys'
'Hatfields & McCoys'

Not so long ago true family rivalry 'Hatfields & McCoys' won both ratings and Emmys for History Channel, which now reaches 98 million homes. So why not go back to the well, assemble another ensemble of ace character stars and revisit some juicy action-packed American history?

Sure enough, the producer of 'Hatfield & McCoys," Leslie Greif, is returning with eight-hour mini-series "Texas Rising," about the Texas revolution and the rise of the Texas Rangers, scheduled to air on Memorial Day 2015. The cast is led by "Hatfields & McCoys" star Bill Paxton and also includes Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Crispin Glover, Jeremy Davies, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Christopher McDonald, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Jeff Fahey, and Kris Kristofferson. (Not too many women in this group.) The director is Roland Joffé, who recreated period history with Oscar-nominated "The Killing Fields" and"The Mission.") 

 

"Texas Rising" is produced by A+E Studios and ITV Studios America in association with Thinkfactory Media for HISTORY. Leslie Greif is executive producer for Thinkfactory Media.  Dirk Hoogstra, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Julian P. Hobbs serve as executives in charge of production for The History Channel

The synopsis: 
In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. Crushed from the outside by Mexican armadas and attacked from within by ferocious Comanche tribes – no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the cruel rule of the Mexican General Santa Anna. The heroic General Sam Houston, the rag tag Rangers and the legendary "Yellow Rose of Texas,” lead this story of the human will to win against insurmountable odds. At the end, the Texas flags stood tall and victorious, claiming a piece of history for all eternity.

 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.