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History Channel's 'Texas Rising' May Have Little to Do With History

New Trailer Focuses on Texas Revolution

Bill Paxton is featured in a new trailer for the History Channel's miniseries 'Texas Rising," a loose history about the Texas Revolution. (Photo: ScreenCap)

Bill Paxton is featured in a new trailer for the History Channel’s miniseries ‘Texas Rising,” a loose history about the Texas Revolution. (Photo: ScreenCap)

Bill Paxton is featured in a new trailer for the History Channel’s eight-part miniseries “Texas Rising.” The show, however, looks like it has more to do with entertainment and less to do with, you know… actual history.

The show is about Texas’s revolt against Mexican rule and the creation of the Texas Rangers–not the Baseball team, the lawmen.

But as these shows go, history usually takes a back seat to dramatization. That raises question about whether the network is moving away from its original mission.

Joining Paxton, who plays Texas hero Sam Houston, are Olivier Martinez, Chad Michael Murray, Brendan Fraser, Trevor Donovan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Ray Liotta.

The trailer was teased last month during an episode of the “Sons of Liberty,” another History Channel miniseries that was widely criticized for its historical inaccuracies.

That doesn’t bode well for history buffs who have an interest in the fight for Texas independence.

The series picks up in 1836 after the battle of the Alamo. “The Alamo wasn’t the end. It was the beginning,” according to the teaser.

Mexican General Santa Ana (Martinez) with an army of around 1,500 men and cannons, overwhelms the garrison and its 189 defenders, including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, inventor of the Bowie knife.

Santa Ana went on to commit a number of atrocities during his ill-fated campaign, including the execution of 342 Texas prisoners, in what became known as the “Goliad Massacre.”

After early successes, Santa Ana made a number of military blunders that led to the defeat of his rag-tag army at the Battle of San Jacinto. The war which lasted about six months, ended with Santa Ana’s capture.

If “Sons of Liberty” is any guide, the miniseries won’t let facts get in the way of a good drama.

Check out the trailer below, let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest movie and television news and analysis.


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