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(The Hollywood Reporter)   History Channel trying something new. They're going to air a show that is based on, get this... history   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 102
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2013-04-12 01:30:49 PM  
What? No hillbillys, trucks, or flying saucers? How is that history?
 
2013-04-12 01:39:05 PM  
Of course, it's more of an "inspired by actual events" kind of miniseries. Sofia Vergara is slated to play Betsy Ross and she's in a love triangle with George Washington and Alexander Hamilton.
 
2013-04-12 01:43:42 PM  
The day an American channel makes a historically accurate portrayal of the British Civil War of North American Rudeness and Tea is the day I eat my cloak.
 
2013-04-12 01:44:27 PM  
Well, that'll never sell
 
2013-04-12 01:50:59 PM  

Slaxl: The day an American channel makes a historically accurate portrayal of the British Civil War of North American Rudeness and Tea is the day I eat my cloak.


Give the crash course series on youtube a try. They're on American History currently, also chemistry. TV is so 20th century.
 
2013-04-12 01:52:01 PM  
These new drama type shows they're doing are at least better than what they HAD been doing, anyway.  I can stand to watch Vikings.
 
2013-04-12 02:04:32 PM  
Ya know what? History Channel needs to start airing QI. There, I said it.
 
2013-04-12 02:06:30 PM  

PizzaJedi81: QI


What does History have to do with a wireless charging standard?
 
2013-04-12 02:08:08 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: PizzaJedi81: QI

What does History have to do with a wireless charging standard?


Que?
 
2013-04-12 02:10:00 PM  

MrBallou: Of course, it's more of an "inspired by actual events" kind of miniseries. Sofia Vergara is slated to play Betsy Ross and she's in a love triangle with George Washington and Alexander Hamilton.

Are you saying you wouldn't check that out?
 
2013-04-12 02:15:18 PM  
Remember back when the History channel would air documentaries where every single event in history no matter how distant or spurious the connection was, would someone be tied to Hitler and / or the Nazi's? It didn't matter if they were discussing the American Civil War, Ancient Egypt, The Occult, or the Stone Age, somehow every single subject would eventually turn into a discussion about how the event in question influenced Hitler.
 
2013-04-12 02:16:59 PM  
I certainly hope they include the scene where, on July 4, 1776, Jesus rides into town ringing his bells and shooting his guns then kicks open the door of the Continental Congress and delivers a hand-written Constitution to a gratefully weeping George Washington and the entire delegation starts reciting the Pledge of Allegiance (including the "Under God" line).

I understand artistic license needs to be taken, so the reaction shot where Satan, King George III, Mohammed and the Queen of France all scream in terror and shock at the freedom can be done with the four of them in the same room.
 
2013-04-12 02:17:18 PM  
As long the production is on par with that of the stellar Vikings, I'm ok with this.
 
2013-04-12 02:19:13 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: PizzaJedi81: QI

What does History have to do with a wireless charging standard?


Probably a bit more than they have to do with history

/Tonight, on Top Gear USA....
//I'm not saying it was aliens, but....
///any resemblance between Satan's appearance on their show about the Bible and President Barack Obama is purely coincidental and unintentional
 
2013-04-12 02:20:13 PM  
www.digitalhistory.uh.edu

Yay!
 
2013-04-12 02:20:29 PM  
Ah, so Jesus and Aliens with Axes driving a truck full of Pickers down an Ice Road will be responsible for the British surrendering at Yorktown?

/this is still Hystyry we're dealing with, people.
 
2013-04-12 02:46:18 PM  
fark the History Channel.  They've fallen almost as far from grace as TLC.
 
2013-04-12 02:55:00 PM  

spman: Remember back when the History channel would air documentaries where every single event in history no matter how distant or spurious the connection was, would someone be tied to Hitler and / or the Nazi's? It didn't matter if they were discussing the American Civil War, Ancient Egypt, The Occult, or the Stone Age, somehow every single subject would eventually turn into a discussion about how the event in question influenced Hitler.


That's basically every episode of History's Mysteries or whatever they're calling it these days.
 
2013-04-12 02:59:47 PM  
I hope they show the scene where Paul Revere ride through Bostonwarning the people that the British were coming to take their guns.
 
2013-04-12 02:59:50 PM  
/threadjack

NGC having a three night special of the 80's - shamon!

/endthreadjack
 
2013-04-12 03:00:54 PM  
Remember when they reenacted historical battles with tabletop army guys?
 
2013-04-12 03:02:13 PM  

Hoban Washburne: fark the History Channel.  They've fallen almost as far from grace as TLC.


Hey, now, let's not say things we can't take back. Nothing can fall as far from grace as TLC. There is no scientific way to fall further from 'created by NASA' to 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'.
 
2013-04-12 03:03:19 PM  

the_rhino: I hope they show the scene where Paul Revere ride through Bostonwarning the people that the British were coming to take their guns.


No, stupid.  Everyone knows he was ringing bells and shouting AT the British that they wouldn't take our freedom (freedom means guns).
 
2013-04-12 03:03:31 PM  

Gosling: Remember when they reenacted historical battles with tabletop army guys?


after a bowl that would entertaining as hell. did the use voice-overs?
 
2013-04-12 03:03:47 PM  
so, a chest-thumping pseudo history of 'murka for the consumption of teabaggers?

yawn.
 
2013-04-12 03:04:15 PM  
********* Spoiler Alert *********

John Hancock gets voted off the island in episode one.
 
2013-04-12 03:04:29 PM  

Gosling: Hoban Washburne: fark the History Channel.  They've fallen almost as far from grace as TLC.

Hey, now, let's not say things we can't take back. Nothing can fall as far from grace as TLC. There is no scientific way to fall further from 'created by NASA' to 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'.


I said almost.
 
2013-04-12 03:08:19 PM  

Apos: As long the production is on par with that of the stellar Vikings, I'm ok with this.


Yeah thats been a great show. Im an episode behind. But I have been impressed so far.
 
2013-04-12 03:13:53 PM  

Hoban Washburne: the_rhino: I hope they show the scene where Paul Revere ride through Bostonwarning the people that the British were coming to take their guns.

No, stupid.  Everyone knows he was ringing bells and shouting AT the British that they wouldn't take our freedom (freedom means guns).


I am evidence of the need for this show
 
2013-04-12 03:14:14 PM  
img.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-12 03:15:10 PM  
"Sons of Liberty will follow a defiant and radical group of young men"

Been done.

thmb.inkfrog.com
 
2013-04-12 03:16:37 PM  
war war war. ffs there is more to history than war. I guess they got tired of regurgitating WWII footage.
 
2013-04-12 03:19:47 PM  
Actually, I think a History show on History itself would be a fascinating subject.

I think it's easy for people to forget how little we actually know -- and understand -- about past events.

History only exists in two forms: Memories and records. Memories only last a generation or so, however, so the records are all we have.

The records started off as oral tales that grew in the telling, like a generational game of Chinese Whispers until they became myths and legends, but every culture regarded them as true.

By the time writing emerged, oral tales were written down but were still at the mercy of whatever the writers wanted to tell (or omit, or destroy, change, censor, or invent). By Greek and Roman times, historians treated history like just another genre of literature (there were three types of stories: tragedies, comedies, and histories), so they played loosey-goosey with a lot of details (especially war casualties). They weren't interested in facts, they were interested in the best story, so writers were encouraged to dress up their histories with as much sensationalism as possible. It was the most popular accounts that usually passed into history as truth.

History would not be regarded as a serious investigative science until the Enlightenment. And it did not become accurate until the advancement of technological media (newspapers, photography, film, radio, television, internet).

This is what we have to accept today: That just about every surviving account of just about EVERYTHING we know before the 20th century is very likely the Fox News spin of events. In other words, partially based on truth, but probably not even close to being accurate.
 
2013-04-12 03:20:06 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I certainly hope they include the scene where, on July 4, 1776, Jesus rides into town ringing his bells and shooting his guns then kicks open the door of the Continental Congress and delivers a hand-written Constitution to a gratefully weeping George Washington and the entire delegation starts reciting the Pledge of Allegiance (including the "Under God" line).

I understand artistic license needs to be taken, so the reaction shot where Satan

(who coincidentally resembles Obama), King George III, Mohammed and the Queen of France all scream in terror and shock at the freedom can be done with the four of them in the same room.

/FTFY
 
2013-04-12 03:25:10 PM  
The history channel must be run by senile people. They already did a series like this called "The Revolution".
 
2013-04-12 03:25:35 PM  

PizzaJedi81: Ya know what? History Channel needs to start airing QI. There, I said it.


They've been trying to make an American version of QI for years (John Hodgman has been pitching it relentlessly). The problem is QI uses a lot of copyrighted imagery that apparently is really easy to get the rights for in Britain. That hurdle is harder to overcome in the States.

Besides, I don't know if there are enough intellectual comics in America to make the show worthwhile. Who would you put on the panel that is at least as sharp or witty as David Mitchell, Bill Bailey or Phil Jupitus? ....and who could possibly be the American Stephen Frye?
 
2013-04-12 03:27:20 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I certainly hope they include the scene where, on July 4, 1776, Jesus rides into town ringing his bells and shooting his guns then kicks open the door of the Continental Congress and delivers a hand-written Constitution to a gratefully weeping George Washington and the entire delegation starts reciting the Pledge of Allegiance (including the "Under God" line).


cynthetiq.com
 
2013-04-12 03:28:20 PM  

Ishkur: American Stephen Frye?


John Hodgman, actually. Or, to keep the Britishness, John Oliver.
 
2013-04-12 03:28:21 PM  
I hope they take all of the guns out. America is  just too gun crazy!
 
2013-04-12 03:28:50 PM  
Reruns of Pawn Stars are historical.
 
2013-04-12 03:29:22 PM  

Ishkur: PizzaJedi81: Ya know what? History Channel needs to start airing QI. There, I said it.

They've been trying to make an American version of QI for years (John Hodgman has been pitching it relentlessly). The problem is QI uses a lot of copyrighted imagery that apparently is really easy to get the rights for in Britain. That hurdle is harder to overcome in the States.

Besides, I don't know if there are enough intellectual comics in America to make the show worthwhile. Who would you put on the panel that is at least as sharp or witty as David Mitchell, Bill Bailey or Phil Jupitus? ....and who could possibly be the American Stephen Frye?


You'd co-opt most of the crew from Wait, Wait.  With maybe one appearance a season from Jon and/or Steven.
 
2013-04-12 03:30:36 PM  

Ishkur: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I certainly hope they include the scene where, on July 4, 1776, Jesus rides into town ringing his bells and shooting his guns then kicks open the door of the Continental Congress and delivers a hand-written Constitution to a gratefully weeping George Washington and the entire delegation starts reciting the Pledge of Allegiance (including the "Under God" line).

[cynthetiq.com image 850x331]


why is the King of Gondor holding the constitution?
 
2013-04-12 03:36:38 PM  
History of what? Nazi porn?

Everything this channel touches turns to crap.
 
2013-04-12 03:38:49 PM  

eynonmcwanker: Ishkur: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I certainly hope they include the scene where, on July 4, 1776, Jesus rides into town ringing his bells and shooting his guns then kicks open the door of the Continental Congress and delivers a hand-written Constitution to a gratefully weeping George Washington and the entire delegation starts reciting the Pledge of Allegiance (including the "Under God" line).

[cynthetiq.com image 850x331]

why is the King of Gondor holding the constitution?


Because fark you with the shards of Narsil, that's why!
 
2013-04-12 03:39:13 PM  

Ishkur: PizzaJedi81: Ya know what? History Channel needs to start airing QI. There, I said it.

They've been trying to make an American version of QI for years (John Hodgman has been pitching it relentlessly). The problem is QI uses a lot of copyrighted imagery that apparently is really easy to get the rights for in Britain. That hurdle is harder to overcome in the States.

Besides, I don't know if there are enough intellectual comics in America to make the show worthwhile. Who would you put on the panel that is at least as sharp or witty as David Mitchell, Bill Bailey or Phil Jupitus? ....and who could possibly be the American Stephen Frye?


www.vanityfair.com
 
2013-04-12 03:44:37 PM  

Slaxl: The day an American channel makes a historically accurate portrayal of the British Civil War of North American Rudeness and Tea is the day I eat my cloak.


You could be a little more gracious about your second place finish.  Yup it was a civil war and you lost so get over it.  You're the United Kingdom not the Balkans  Middle East, Africa or Ireland where they are still fighting about stuff that happened hundreds if not a thousand years ago

On the whole you have to say it worked out for the best otherwise you would be responsible for Detroit,  Baltimore and  Philadelphia.  Think of it as dodging a bullet
 
2013-04-12 03:52:36 PM  

groppet: Apos: As long the production is on par with that of the stellar Vikings, I'm ok with this.

Yeah thats been a great show. Im an episode behind. But I have been impressed so far.


*nodding* I'm already psyched about Season 2.
 
2013-04-12 03:54:00 PM  

hasty ambush: Slaxl: The day an American channel makes a historically accurate portrayal of the British Civil War of North American Rudeness and Tea is the day I eat my cloak.

You could be a little more gracious about your second place finish.  Yup it was a civil war and you lost so get over it.  You're the United Kingdom not the Balkans  Middle East, Africa or Ireland where they are still fighting about stuff that happened hundreds if not a thousand years ago

On the whole you have to say it worked out for the best otherwise you would be responsible for Detroit,  Baltimore and  Philadelphia.  Think of it as dodging a bullet


You responded to that comment seriously? What's wrong with you?
 
2013-04-12 03:54:19 PM  
This is madness! Dogs and cats living together, madness!
 
2013-04-12 04:03:56 PM  

spman: Remember back when the History channel would air documentaries where every single event in history no matter how distant or spurious the connection was, would someone be tied to Hitler and / or the Nazi's? It didn't matter if they were discussing the American Civil War, Ancient Egypt, The Occult, or the Stone Age, somehow every single subject would eventually turn into a discussion about how the event in question influenced Hitler.


It's like talking to a Democrat.  Eventually "Bush is Hitler" enters every conversation.
 
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