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'Sons of Liberty' inspired by The Rolling Stones' 'Paint It Black' and teen angst

Making American history accessible to a wider audience -- in film, it's been tried with varying degrees of success in everything from Lewis Milestone's 1930 World War I drama "All Quiet on the Western Front" to Quentin Tarantino's reimagining of the downfall of the Nazi regime in 1940s Germany in 2009's "Inglourious Basterds."Now, History endeavors to familiarize more -- and younger -- viewers with the American Revolution with "Sons of Liberty."The three-night, six-hour miniseries, which premieres Sunday (Jan. 25), follows a group of young dissidents as they band together in secrecy to create and separate the 13 original colonies from Great Britain. They include Sam Adams (Ben Barnes, "The Chronicles of Narnia"), a charismatic born leader who fans the flames of rebellion; Paul Revere (Michael Raymond-James, "True Blood"), a military veteran who whole-heartedly joins the fight with Adams; John Hancock (Rafe Spall, "Life of Pi"), a wealthy Bostonian with much to lose; Dr. Joseph Warren... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/Zap2it/~3/JbXK33UIeqA/sons_of_liberty_stephen_david_rolling_stones_paint_it_black_teen_angst-2015-01

Sons of Liberty (History Channel) First Look

The upcoming six-part miniseries, Sons of Liberty, follows a defiant and radical group of young men Sam Adams (Ben Barnes), John Adams (Henry Thomas), Paul Revere (Michael Raymond-James), John Hancock (Rafe Spall) and Joseph Warren (Ryan Eggold) as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a [] //feedproxy.google.com/~r/tvequals/~3/kGv5zlKZ1T8/

The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of January 19, 2015

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed—or at least be able to fake it—with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.   The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore (Series Premiere) Monday at 11:30pm on Comedy Central Why: Because the very funny Larry Wilmore is taking over The Colbert Report 's old slot! Sure, he'll eventually be up against the former host of Report , but Comedy Central is still where we all (or at least we few, we happy few, we band of viewers) go for the REAL news of the day. Prepare to talk about: Is it possible that  The Daily Show  has spawned yet another powerhouse host (except for oafish and deservedly forgotten Craig Kilborn)? Who makes Wilmore's amazing glasses and how do you get some? When is Jessica Williams going to get her own show? Did they really have to call it  The Nightly Show ?   The Vampire Diaries               (Midseason Premiere) Thursday at 8:00pm on The CW Why: I'll be honest here: I know very little about this show other than that it's the platonic ideal of CW dramas, the kids today really like it, the two main dudes in it are regular brothers AND vampire brothers (how did that happen, by the way? You're not born a vampire, except in the last  Twilight  movie and even then it's like, come on), and that they both want the girl, whose name I know to be Elena. The point here is that you don't have to watch it, you just need to know the bare minimum to  sound  like you watched it. That is the entire point of this feature. You've all learned my secret. Prepare to talk about:  How CRAZY it was that Elena (the aforementioned girl) was kidnapped by Kai, and is probably fine because without a certain level of stasis this show can't go on; why Kai is so evil; seriously, what's the deal with Kai?! (Just pose these questions rhetorically and let the other person in the conversation talk.)   Sons of Liberty (Mini-Series Premiere) Sunday at 9:00pm on History Channel Why:  Because you love America, but more importantly, you love the History Channel's reenactments, especially when Dean Norris (of Breaking Bad   and  Under the Dome  fame) is playing OG Ben Franklin. Also, they hauled Steve Guttenberg out for this! STEVE GUTTENBERG!  Prepare to talk about:  How they hired an irishman to play George Washington (though I mean, Mr. First President wasn't born an American, so maybe we shouldn't care?); what (if any) beer jokes the guy playing Samuel Adams gets to make; why, in promotional materials for this, Paul Revere was branded "The Thug" because that seems pretty harsh, right? It's not like he was a hockey player (though that would have been awesome/hot).     Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of SideReel.com. You can follow her musings on  Twitter .