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Over the course of its first season, Vikings made The History Channel a viable name in original programming. Although the network is pushing miniseries over original series with its latest scripted orders, History wisely renewed the period drama for a second season, and we’ve finally gotten a first teaser for the new episodes, which are expected to hit the schedule in February of 2014.
Don’t mess with Bonnie & Clyde! The numbers are in and the first part of the A+E miniseries secured itself 9.8 million viewers spread out over the three networks that aired the TV movie. Of A&E, Lifetime and History, it was History that came out on top though not by a drastic margin. The second part of Bonnie & Clyde will air tonight.
The story of Bonnie and Clyde is far from a fairytale, and director Bruce Beresford doesn’t try to present it as one in the TV miniseries that showcases the two notorious criminals. Starring Holliday Grainger and Emile Hirsch as the titular Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, Bonnie & Clyde delivers a story that’s entertaining, suspenseful and engrossing all at once, without relying entirely on glamour or flashy bank robbery scenes to draw interest.
The network’s latest project is a miniseries called Hannibal that currently has Halle Berry on board as an executive producer. No, we’re not talking about the tidy cannibal that’s into chianti and human flesh. We’re talking about the ancient African general who forged alliances and fought ferocious battles.
It looks like Roots is making a comeback in the form of a remake. The 12-hour 1977 miniseries earned itself 37 Emmy nominations and 9 wins. History’s plan to remake the series apparently involves trimming it down by a few hours, to an 8-hour adaptation of the original miniseries and the book on which that miniseries was based. Given the resurgence of interest in the history of slavery, as demonstrated through films like Django Unchained, and more recently, 12 Years a Slave...
Today, GLAAD released a couple of its annual reports measuring different TV networks for feature a variety of LGBT characters and stories. The seventh annual Network Responsibility Index and the 18th annual Where We Are on TV report both measure diversity on television, and while some networks have been described as “good” and others have totally missed the mark as far as LGBT characters are concerned, no network was graded by GLAAD as being “excellent.”
We’ve been hearing about The History Channel, Lifetime and A&E’s joint miniseries venture, Bonnie & Clyde, for months and months. The new miniseries stars Holliday Grainger and Emile Hirsch as the notorious couple, who engaged in low-end theft but became famous thanks to the couple’s relationship and Bonnie’s wild sex appeal.
There are a number of Harry Houdini films said to be in the works for the big screen. It seems only reasonable that we might see a small screen take on the master of illusion and escape. Last spring, we learned that History was developing a miniseries about Harry Houdini, which would star Adrien Brody as the title role.
Just to be clear, Whitey is not Whitney, though there really is only an "n" to differentiate the two titles. Whitney's an NBC comedy series that has nothing to do with David Koechner's A+E Networks comedy pilot Whitey. I say this in case anyone else finds themselves reading Whitney when they see Whitey. Moving on, Trading Spaces' Paige Davis has been cast to star opposite Koechner in the new pilot...
Later this year, A&E, Lifetime and History will air Bonnie & Clyde, the two-night miniseries event that will simulcast on all three networks. In anticipation of that and in acknowledgement of the 79th anniversary of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's death on May 23, 1934, they're giving us our first looks at the two lead characters in this story. Take a look at Emile Hirsche and Holliday Grainger as the title characters that make up the legendary 1930s couple, who grabbed the nation's attention with their crime spree.
Each season, the men and women of Ice Road Truckers battle the elements to bring supplies across frozen lakes and sometimes hard, snow-covered ground. The team finished out Season 6 last fall, but The History Channel announced on Monday that the truckers will be returning for a brand new season, and the series will begin airing new episodes sooner than you might think
David Koechner is reportedly attached to star in a half-hour comedy project, which may end up airing on the History channel, of all places. A year or two ago, we might have thought it odd to imagine a comedy series airing on History, but the cable channel has been branching out into the scripted programming market, to much acclaim and ratings success, so it may just be a matter of time before they throw comedy into the mix. And what better way to do that than with Koechner - known for his role in The Office and Anchorman, among other things - in a starring role?
The History Channel is gearing up to bring us a new look at the heroes of the American Revolution. The network is looking to continue it’s success in the scripted programming arena with Sons of Liberty, a miniseries that will focus on such legendary figures in U.S. history as Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Adams and Benedict Arnold, among others.
History seems to know when it has a good thing going. The network has had major success with two miniseries, The Bible and Hatfields & McCoys, so it's not particularly surprising that the cable channel would want to continue to explore the format with other stories. In the case of its next multi-hour project, it's the story of celebrated illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini. Adrien Brody will star in the project.
History Channel just had a seriously big weekend, proving that some of the oldest and most told stories around are still interesting to viewers. Both Vikings and The Bible both premiered to strong numbers, making History’s first foray into scripted television and their in-depth look at the Bible’s best-loved stories both a huge success.