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.
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.