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
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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…
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 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.
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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