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Texas Rising

"Texas Rising" review by Suzanne 5/24/15
Airs Mondays starting 5/25 on HISTORY

I watched 3 episodes of this is and really enjoyed it so far. I hope the rest is just as good. The only bad thing I can say about it is that there are just SO many characters, sometimes I get a little lost as to who is who. However, you will have the closed-captioning option, which may help with that (the press screeners don't have CC). There are many great colorful characters, played by some of the best actors out there.

Bill Paxton stars as Sam Houston, and he's pretty much the star of the whole show, but he's certainly not the entire focus. The miniseries starts with the fall of the Alamo. Apparently Sam Houston told the Texas rebels to flee the Alamo, but they ignored him and decided to stay and fight (I think we all know how that turned out). This made Houston look really bad, too. There's a lot of great Texas history to learn in the show. It's a really good drama with lots of exciting fight scenes, but it's not as depressing as some previous shows like the "Hatfields and McCoys" or "Lonesome Dove." There is quite a lot of humor and some romance.

One of my favorites in the show is Jeffrey Dean Morgan as "Deaf" Smith (that's pronounced "deef" - rhymes with "thief").  He's always been an amazing actor, anyway, but he just excels in this role. Brendan Fraser is also really great as Billy Anderson. If you grew up watching westerns, you will no doubt love this for the action and old-west feel, and the manly men. However, it's 2015 so it's also a bit more realistic than, say, "Gunsmoke." Also, there are some people of color, and even a few women. The main female character is Emily West, played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson. She's an old female friend of Houston's who gets caught in the battle at the Alamo. She ends up doing some clever spy work.

It's a very thrilling and entertaining ride. You won't be sorry you watched this. There are a lot of good new shows this summer. Make sure you don't lose track. Watch this one! It's fun and educational.

MORE INFORMATION:

HISTORY’S® 10-HOUR TELEVISION EVENT SERIES “TEXAS RISING” TO PREMIERE OVER FIVE-NIGHTS BEGINNING MEMORIAL DAY 2015 Many videos
ALL-STAR CAST INCLUDES BILL PAXTON, BRENDAN FRASER, RAY LIOTTA, JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN, THOMAS JANE, OLIVIER MARTINEZ, CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON AND MORE
SOUNDTRACK FEATURES NEW MUSIC FROM GEORGE STRAIT, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON AND JOSE FELICIANO
New York, NY – April 14, 2015 – HISTORY’s event series TEXAS RISING will premiere over five nights beginning Memorial Day 2015. The series, which was expanded to 10-hours, details the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. The series will premiere:
Monday, May 25 at 9PM ET/PT and run until Monday, June 15 at 9PM ET/PT
The Alamo was not the end of the story, it was only the beginning, and TEXAS RISING details what followed in the fight for an independent Texas. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. With colliding cultures all fighting for stakes to this territory, 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 fierce Mexican General Santa Anna and his forces. General Sam Houston, the rag tag Rangers and the legendary "Yellow Rose of Texas,” lead this story of the human will to fight for independence despite nearly insurmountable odds and to claim a piece of history for all eternity.
Two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé (THE KILLING FIELDS, THE MISSION) directs TEXAS RISING with an all-star cast including: Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trevor Donovan and Kris Kristofferson.
In addition to the star-studded cast, the TEXAS RISING soundtrack album will feature new music from legendary performers including the title song, “Take Me To Texas,” performed by George Strait and written by Brandy Clark, as well as Kris Kristofferson’s remake of the Tom Petty classic “Won’t Back Down” and new tracks from Jose Feliciano. Many Photos!


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