[01/18/20 - 08:00 AM] History(R) to Premiere Epic Three-Night Miniseries Event "Washington" Presidents' Day Weekend Beginning Sunday, February 16 at 8PM ET/PT The project is narrated by Emmy award-winning actor Jeff Daniels and executive produced by world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize(R)-winning bestselling author Doris Kearns Goodwin.
[via press release from History]
HISTORY(R) TO PREMIERE EPIC THREE-NIGHT MINISERIES EVENT "WASHINGTON" PRESIDENTS' DAY WEEKEND BEGINNING SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 AT 8PM ET/PT
NARRATED BY EMMY AWARD-WINNING ACTOR JEFF DANIELS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY PULITZER PRIZE(R)-WINNING PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN
SERIES INCLUDES PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN L. POWELL AND PULITZER PRIZE(R)-WINNING HISTORIANS JOSEPH J. ELLIS, ANNETTE GORDON-REED,
JON MEACHAM AND ALAN TAYLOR
Pasadena, CA - January 18, 2020 - HISTORY's six-hour, three-night miniseries event "Washington" will chip away at the bronzed and marbled image of America's first President and bring to life the man whose name is known to all, but whose epic story is understood by few. Narrated by Emmy award-winning actor Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom," "Godless") and executive produced by world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize(R)-winning bestselling author Doris Kearns Goodwin, "Washington" will premiere over Presidents' Day weekend airing consecutively on Sunday, February 16, Monday, February 17 and Tuesday, February 18 at 8pm ET/PT.
Most know the highlights of George Washington's life - he was a general, crossed the Delaware, led the Continental Army to victory over the British, was America's first President and is the face on the dollar bill - but there is so much more to his life than his accomplishments. Over the course of a three-night television event, "Washington" will explore the full arc of his journey and weave together dramatic live action sequences, excerpts from Washington's letters and insights from a roster of notable experts, historians and scholars to tell a very personal story about the evolution of one of history's most iconic leaders. "Washington" will feature interviews with President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, renowned Pulitzer Prize(R)-winning historians Joseph J. Ellis, Annette Gordon-Reed, Jon Meacham, Alan Taylor and others. Nicholas Rowe (The Crown, Young Sherlock Holmes) portrays George Washington in the series.
"Our audience thrives on gaining knowledge about legendary leaders who have made an impact to the fabric of our society and HISTORY continues to invest in premium content to tell these gripping stories," said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President and General Manager, HISTORY. "Across three nights,
'Washington' will offer viewers a three-dimensional look at the revolutionary leader as he evolves from soldier to commander to victor and America's first President."
"As a presidential historian, it's been my privilege to 'live with' some of our nation's best leaders as I have sought to make them human and accessible, so that we could truly see ourselves in their places and learn from the trajectory of their leadership. Imagine how excited I was for the opportunity to go back to the beginning to George Washington, the man who created the template for presidential excellence through his courage, ability to grow, to learn from mistakes and surround himself with strong leaders. I hope that viewers will be as captivated by his life and story as I have been," said Goodwin.
The miniseries will examine Washington's transformation from a young man seeking to rise as a military officer, into a determined revolutionary who led a rag-tag army against the British Empire. Ultimately, Washington would become the reluctant leader of a fledgling new nation and lay the foundation for its eventual emergence as the world's greatest superpower.
HISTORY will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020 with a slate of premium programming, including "Washington" and the six-part miniseries "Grant," which will portray one of the most complex and underappreciated generals and presidents in U.S. history - Ulysses S. Grant, and the new experiential ventures HISTORYTalks and HISTORYCon that will bring history to life for fans. HISTORYTalks is a traveling speaker series that explores newsworthy topics and historical events with conversations with trailblazers, global leaders, authors and filmmakers. HISTORYCon is a three-day event that features exclusive panels and Q&As with the stars of HISTORY's fan-favorite shows, interactive exhibits and inspiring conversations with historians, authors and experts.
"Washington" is produced for HISTORY by Railsplitter Pictures. Doris Kearns Goodwin and Beth Laski serve as executive producers through their Pastimes Productions. Matthew Ginsburg and Tim Healy are executive producers for Railsplitter Pictures. Jennifer Wagman, Mary E. Donahue and Eli Lehrer are executive producers for HISTORY.
A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for the above program.
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