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TEXAS RISING
May 25, 2015  | By David Bianculli

History, 9:00 p.m. ET

 

MINISERIES PREMIERE: History Channel is aiming to make this new miniseries feel like an old-fashioned Western epic, starting with the decision to film it in classic old CinemaScope. It’s the story of Texas independence, a piece of American history that begins as Mexican history, at the Alamo, and keeps going. Stars include Bill Paxton as Sam Houston, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Erastus “Deaf” Smith, Kris Kristofferson as Andrew Jackson, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Emily West, the woman immortalized in song as “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” Don’t expect pure fidelity to the facts here – but millions of people seem to find these History productions entertaining, as with the top-rated Hatfields & McCoys. So if you liked that, chances are you’ll like this.

 
 
 
 
 
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