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History sets air date for presidential miniseries on Theodore Roosevelt

The History Channel has scheduled a Memorial Day premiere for its next presidential miniseries, this one focusing on Theodore Roosevelt. The five-hour series will air across two nights on May ...
February 11, 2022

The History Channel has scheduled a Memorial Day premiere for its next presidential miniseries, this one focusing on Theodore Roosevelt. The five-hour series will air across two nights on May 30 and May 31.

Theodore Roosevelt is based on the New York Times bestseller Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and will offer a portrait of the 26th U.S. president, who held the office from 1901 to 1909 following William McKinley’s assassination.

The project will cover Roosevelt’s life and career, including his time as a cowboy, soldier, statesman, conservationist, adventurer, reformer and author, who also became the youngest U.S. president at age 42.

The series includes interviews with historians and authors like H.W. Brands, Col. USMC Ret. Doug Douds, Kathleen Dalton, Douglas Brinkley, Megan Kate Nelson, Leroy G. Dorsey, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Clay Jenkinson, Roosevelt’s great-grandson Tweed Roosevelt, and more. Rufus Jones will portray Roosevelt in the series.

Theodore Roosevelt is executive produced by Goodwin, along with Appian Way Productions’ Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson. It is produced for History by RadicalMedia, with Jon Kamen, Dave Sirulnick and Zara Duffy serving as executive producers. Goodwin and Beth Laski are executive producers for Pastime Productions. Malcolm Venville directed the series, and is an executive producer along with Knute Walker. Eli Lehrer, Mary E. Donahue and Jennifer Wagman are executive producers for The History Channel.

“Working with The History Channel has proved an ongoing source of pride as we are united in our commitment to tell meaningful stories of presidential history and leadership for audiences across the globe,” Goodwin said.

History’s previous miniseries focusing on U.S. presidents have highlighted George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant and, most recently, Abraham Lincoln.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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