With a similar 19th century setting, the same production company (Thinkfactory Media) and the same star (Bill Paxton) History’s miniseries Texas Rising clearly was groomed as a follow-up to the network’s hugely successful Hatfields & McCoys. Now the network continues to use the Hatfields & McCoys template in its release plans for Texas Rising, which will premiere on Memorial Day 2015, exactly three years after Hatfields & McCoys debuted on the same May holiday. There is one difference: Hatfields & McCoys was six-hour and aired over three consecutive nights. Texas Rising is eight-hour, but 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.
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In Texas Rising, about the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers, Paxton doesn’t have his Hatfields & McCoys co-star Kevin Costner next to him, but the mini assembled a formidable cast that includes Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Rhys Coiro, Robert Knepper, Rob Morrow and Kris Kristofferson.
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