Dead Presidents

Historical facts, thoughts, ramblings and collections on the Presidency and about the Presidents of the United States.

By Anthony Bergen
E-Mail: bergen.anthony@gmail.com
Posts tagged "History Channel"
Asker Anonymous Asks:
Did you watch part 2 of World Wars tonight?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

Yes, I did.  The next time I complain about the History Channel’s crappy “reality” shows, silly reenactments, and their decision to include Alex Jones in anything that can be called “history”, remind me about The World Wars because it has been way better than I expected!  It’s incredibly well-done.  They didn’t cut any corners on it — great commentators and fantastic casting of the main characters.  The guy who played the World War II-era Churchill sounds EXACTLY like him and the guy who played World War II-era Hitler not only looks like the dictator but has his voice and mannerisms mastered so well that it’s almost scary.

It’s a really good series and I’m looking forward to the conclusion tomorrow. Good work, History Channel!

Also…great casting so far on young Hitler, young Lenin, and young Stalin. The younger versions of Hitler and Stalin look just like the real deal.

I've only caught the 1865 - 1945 segments of Ultimate Guide (with the last two on the DVR) but so far it's pretty mixed. It more retells American history using the Presidents and the office as the centerpiece. It's a fine history program, and the title does feel a little unfit at points, as a lot of the emphasis is placed on the office' evolution, versus the men themselves. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I think it'd be better titled "Ultimate Guide to the Presidency" but I *am* a nitpick
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

If they release the series on DVD, I’ll try to check it out and let everyone know what I think. 

Is it just my admittedly limited exposure to their programming, or has the History Channel actually been producing more HISTORY programs lately?  I’ve picked up some of their recent DVD releases like Stealing Lincoln’s Body (based on a great book by Thomas Craughwell), the re-release of 2006’s Lincoln documentary, Mankind: The Story of All of Us, and, of course, Hatfields & McCoys, which was really well-done and probably the best thing that I have seen from the History Channel.  I hope they are directing their focus back towards actual history instead of the reality shows that it seems they relied on.  

My problem with the History Channel is that, instead of just telling stories and doing solid documentaries featuring historians and experts and the available source material, they tend to mix it up with their cheesy reenactments and it totally kills the vibe for me.  Even Stealing Lincoln’s Body and Mankind: The Story of All of Us, which I enjoyed for the most part, featured reenactments that I felt were totally unnecessary and took me out of the programs every time they went to them.

But, hey, I’d rather watch something about history and deal with the goofy reenactments than see the History Channel’s programming schedule filled with “reality” shows that are basically the same show every single episode.

Asker tulowowsky Asks:
What do you think about the History Channel pulling the plug on their new Kennedy's miniseries? I personally love hearing new radical views of history and think that it'd be a nice alternative to the "bland textbook" style of shows that the History channel regularly airs.
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

Another question about The Kennedys miniseries.  Again, I hope another network picks up the program and eventually airs it.  I’m curious about what the controversy was behind the program that led to its cancellation by the History Channel.

Speaking of JFK just saw on Yahoo homepage that the History Channel pulled the miniseries "The Kennedys". Your thoughts? Interesting choice with Greg Kinnear as Jack.
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

That’s a bummer.  Hopefully another network will acquire the rights and air the program (my understanding is that filming is complete, right?) because I am always game for a movie or television program about the Presidents, even if it’s a dramatization.  My girlfriend showed me some images from the set of the miniseries and I thought Katie Holmes o  a dead ringer for Jackie Kennedy.  I don’t know how closely Greg Kinnear resembled JFK, but I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch and I’ve always liked Kinnear as an actor.