HBO has been ramping up the hype machine for their upcoming Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg-produced WWII miniseries, The Pacific, which hits airwaves in 2010. But while that’s the big dog on the horizon, Variety brings word of two other historical miniseries the network has in the works.

First up is Ida Tarbell, a look at the early-20th-century female journalist who helped expose unsavory shenanigans on the part of John D. Rockefeller’s monopolistic Standard Oil. The project is being steered by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, and Oprah herself will exec produce along with Kate Forte. Someone named Mimosa Jones is writing the series, and while a quick IMDb check reveals only one produced writing credit for Jones, she does have a first name that makes me thirsty. So she’s got that going for her, which is nice.

The other project Variety mentions is The Black Panthers, which unfortunately has absolutely nothing to do with T’Challa or the sovereign nation of Wakanda. Instead, the miniseries will take a look at the inner workings of the revolutionary African-American movement in the 1960s and ‘70s. Devil in a Blue Dress writer Carl Franklin is penning the script, and will also exec produce along with Jesse B. Franklin, Cecil Cox, and Craig Rice.

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