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Watch a rollicking extended trailer for History Channel's 'Sons of Liberty'

The History Channel released a rip-roaring new trailer for their upcoming miniseries, Sons of Liberty, and introduces the titular group of radicals as they initiated a revolution. While the subject matter can be a little heavy, History’s take highlights a more invigorated depiction of the men who took on the Revolutionary War. From a boozy Benjamin Franklin (Dean Norris) to a powder-puffed John Hancock (Rafe Spall), take a look at the trailer, which depicts the founding fathers mission as a rollicking, action-packed act of rebellion.

The three-night miniseries will begin on the History Channel at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 25.

'Houdini' gains solid audience for the History Channel

It looks like Adrien Brody’s magic lessons paid off.

Part one of Houdini garnered 3.7 million viewers last night, making it the most-viewed cable miniseries of this year. History Channel’s take on the storied magician chronicles his life of fame, espionage, and infamous stunts, and is based on the book Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait by Bernard C. Meyer.

Houdini’s premiere is a soft opening in comparison to the History Channel’s previous slate of miniseries, which have reached ratings peaks. In 2012, Hatfields & McCoys garnered 13.9 million viewers over a Memorial Day weekend, drawing one of the largest ratings in cable television, and in 2013, The Bible  attracted 10.8 million viewers.

The History Channel has another miniseries burning on its slate, Texas Rising, about the Texas Revolution against Mexico, which is set to premiere in 2015.

Part two of Houdini will conclude tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Exclusive: Jason O'Mara will play George Washington on 'Sons of Liberty'

The Revolution(ary War) will be televised by History, and Jason O’Mara is joining the cause. EW has learned that the Terra Nova and Life on Mars actor has signed on to the cable network’s miniseries Sons of Liberty as George Washington, that famous commander-in-chief of the Continental Army who became America’s first president. READ FULL STORY

History's 'Sons of Liberty' miniseries casts Dean Norris, Ben Barnes, Henry Thomas

History is moving forward with its ambitious Revolutionary War miniseries and has firmed up a star-filled cast. The cable network has ordered the six-hour Sons of Liberty, which follows “a radical group of young men — Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Joseph Warren — as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation.”

The sprawling cast includes many notable names playing famous founders: Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia) is Sam Adams, “a natural born leader with charisma and a penchant for mischief;” Ryan Eggold (The Black List) is Joseph Warren, “a doctor and man of conscience and integrity;” Michael Raymond James (True Blood) is Paul Revere, “a veteran who wholeheartedly joins forces with Sam Adams;” Rafe Spall (Prometheus) is John Hancock, “the wealthiest man in Boston at the time”; and Henry Thomas (E.T. The Extraterrestrial) is John Adams, “a lawyer and the conservative, smart cousin of Sam Adams.” Additionally, Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings) is cast as the ferocious General Thomas Gage, who is sent to handle the unrest in Boston with a military response, Emily Berrington (24: Live Another Day) plays Margaret Gage, and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) will take on “the brilliant yet mischievous diplomat” Benjamin Franklin. READ FULL STORY

'Vikings' postmortem: Creator Michael Hirst on [spoiler's] death, season three, and Ragnar's new role

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen Thursday night’s season finale of Vikings, “The Lord’s Prayer,” stop reading now and come back when you’ve done so. Those of you who already know what went down in the final hour of History’s epic series, come join me in your pain and sorrow…


Donal Logue previews King Horik in 'Vikings' season finale: 'His story was difficult and brutal'

Season two of History Channel’s acclaimed series Vikings has so far given us ten episodes of betrayal, death, and epic battles. So it’s no surprise that tonight’s finale promises to continue to deliver with that level of intensity, in an hour that is sure to leave viewers with their jaws on the floor.

As King Horik, Donal Logue has had a pretty rough go of it in his struggle to overtake Ragnar and gain ultimate power. While “The Lord’s Prayer” finds Ragnar and King Horik returning to Ragnar’s home, Kattegat, don’t expect things to go smoothly — this is the Vikings world, after all.

“Ragnar is Ragnar, and Horik’s put him in a really tough spot,” shared Logue when he spoke to EW earlier this week. “He has to do something.”

Check out our full interview with Logue as he previews Horik’s actions in tonight’s finale, and be sure to check out an exclusive clip below.


History Channel's 'Vikings' gets third season

History has ordered a 10-episode third season of its hit drama Vikings to air in 2015.

Vikings has taken viewers by storm and has established itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television,” Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and general manager for History and H2, said in a statement.

History’s first original scripted series is currently only four episodes into its second season and is averaging 3.4 million total viewers.

Production on season 3 begins this summer.

Vikings airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on History.

History Channel remaking 1977 'Roots' miniseries

In 1976, there was Alex Haley’s novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. In 1977, there was Roots, the popular miniseries starring Olivia Cole, Ben Vereen, and LeVar Burton, among others. And now, EW has confirmed that the History Channel is remaking Roots into a brand-new eight-hour miniseries.

Mark Wolper, son of Roots original executive producer David L. Wolper, will executive produce the remake, which is said to offer a contemporary take on both the book and the original miniseries.


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