History is repeating itself — and hoping that history will repeat itself as well. A report by Deadline.com says the cable channel History will roll out its high-profile miniseries “Texas Rising” in the same calendar slot where the channel hit a ratings home run three years earlier with “Hatfields & McCoys.”
As “Hatfields” did in 2012, “Texas Rising” will premiere on Memorial Day — Monday, May 25, 2015.
“Hatfields” was one of the biggest ratings success stories on cable in recent years, and History clearly doesn’t want to mess with the formula. Both projects share a 19th century setting, the same star (Bill Paxton) and the same production company, Thinkfactory Media, the story notes.
But while the six-hour “Hatfields” aired over three consecutive nights, “Texas Rising” will play out over eight hours, and the channel hasn’t yet announced the air pattern for its other segments, the story notes.
“Asking viewers to tune in for four consecutive nights may be too big a commitment. Probably that’s why History only announced the premiere date today, with the air pattern for the other three parts TBD,” the piece reports.
The project is about the Texas Revolution and the rise of the Texas Rangers, and its cast includes Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kris Kristofferson.