It’s time to remember the Alamo. “Texas Rising,” a History Channel miniseries based on the gut-wrenching Texas Revolution, will launch Memorial Day. The 10-hour event will unfold over the course of five days in the next three weeks.
“The battle for Texas independence was epic and really the battle for the future of America,” executive producer Leslie Greif, who also produced the network’s 2012 hit series “Hatfields & McCoys,” told the Hollywood Reporter. “We have Academy Award and Emmy-nominated talent, a stellar ensemble cast is being set, and, with this team, we will seek to even further redefine and elevate the term ‘event television.’”
The star-studded cast includes Bill Paxton who will play Sam Houston, the man who secured Texas’ independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto, Olivier Martinez as Mexican Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Emily West (the Yellow Rose of Texas) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a Texas Ranger named Deaf Smith. Audiences can also expect to see Ray Liotta, Brendan Fraser, Thomas Jane, Kris Kristofferson and Chad Michael Murray appear in the saga, which will begin Monday, May 25.
“I can’t think of a better way to kick off summer than with a big television event that’s sure to resonate with our fans,” said Dirk Hoogstra, History and H2 executive vice president and general manager, who conveyed his excitement over the Roland Joffe-created historical drama in a statement.
History Channel released the official description of “Texas Rising,” teasing fans that they should expect a massive amount of bloodshed in forthcoming series in addition to learning the legendary story behind the Texas Rangers, self-described as the oldest law-enforcement organization on the North American continent with statewide jurisdiction.
“In 1836, if west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West, then Texas was 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 History Channel summary says. “From General Sam Houston, to ragtag Rangers to the legendary ‘Yellow Rose of Texas’ -- this is a story of the human spirit rising in the face of insurmountable odds and claiming a piece of history for all eternity."
Below is the full History Channel schedule for “Texas Rising”:
- Monday, May 25, at 9 p.m. EDT
- Tuesday, May 26, at 9 p.m. EDT
- Monday, June 1, at 9 p.m. EDT
- Monday, June 8, at 9 p.m. EDT
- Monday, June 15, at 9 p.m. EDT
“Texas Rising” will begin its 10-hour television tour of duty on the History Channel Monday, May 25, at 9 p.m. EDT.