After its sprawling backwoods miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys” snagged five Emmy Awards in 2012, History is back at it three years later with “Texas Rising.”
The sprawling, 10-hour production reunites “Hatfields” star Bill Paxton with the format that earned him his first Emmys nod, this time playing Sam Houston, known as the “father” of Texas. The miniseries takes place during the Texas Revolution against Mexico and explores the rise of the infamous Texas Rangers, known as the longest-standing law enforcement organization in North America.
The event series has been groomed as a follow-up to “Hatfields & McCoys,” featuring the same lead actor (Paxton), production company (Thinkfactory Media) and release date (Memorial Day weekend) as its predecessor. But the 2012 limited drama, which earned co-star Kevin Costner a slew of Best Actor trophies, opened to mammoth commercial and awards success. Will “Texas Rising” be as fortunate? Judging by this action-packed and star-studded trailer, there’s not much reason to think otherwise.