An army of Hollywood stars will charge into San Antonio and march down a red carpet into the Alamo on Monday for a gala preview of an epic TV series chronicling the fall of the Shrine of Texas Liberty and the rise of Texas.
Actors Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta, Brendan Fraser, Olivier Martinez, Kris Kristofferson and Cynthia Addai-Robinson, who play key roles in the 10-hour “Texas Rising,” will join Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and other dignitaries for the event.
It’s described as both a prelude to the epic TV series, which premieres Memorial Day, Monday May 25, on History, as well as an effort to raise awareness and funding to restore and preserve the historic Alamo.
A release from the Civic Entertainment Group Wednesday states that “Texas Honors” will kick off fundraising efforts for the Alamo Endowment, honor the state’s great history and recognize a group of Texas legends, humanitarians, athletes, artists and entrepreneurs.
The invitation-only evening will start with a red carpet parade by the actors from 6 to 7 p.m. That will be followed by the tributes and preview, which will consist of a sizable clip from the series.
“Texas Rising” — which will be broadcast in CinemaScope to give it a wide-screen theatrical flavor — will air at 8 p.m. in a two-night premiere, May 25 and 26.
The other three parts will air at 8 p.m. Monday from June 1 through 15. Starring Paxton as Sam Houston and Martinez as Santa Anna, the saga begins with the grisly aftermath of the Battle of the Alamo and runs through the Battle of San Jacinto, the inauguration of Houston as president and other exciting moments in Texas history. It also will recount the rise of the rag-tag Texas Rangers and the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas.”
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