By Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (Hollywood Today) 2/19/13- “On the evening of April 13, 1865 John Wilkes Booth initiates his plan not only to kill Abraham Lincoln, but to de-capitate the government of the United States” narrated on camera by Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks.
The Sunday night premiere of Killing Lincoln the network’s first original factual drama with the highest total viewership in the history of the network averaging over 3.4 million. What a perfect way to honor Lincoln and celebrate President’s Day weekend across the nation.
“Killing Lincoln was our latest effort to expand the original programming we present on the National Geographic Channel, while still maintaining the brand values viewers expect from us,” said Howard T. Owens , President, National Geographic Channels to Hollywood Today and other reporters and the NatGeo portion of the Winter press tour. “The success we saw last night proved that authentic and entertaining are not mutually exclusive, and I think we’ve tapped into a new genre of factual drama that clearly resonates with our audience. Our record ratings would not have been possible without our partnership with Bill O’Reilly, Scott Free Productions and the incredible team that worked on this production.”
The Civil War is drawing to an end and Tom Hanks carries you through the tumultuous planning and scheming of a carefully coordinated triple murder. Just knowing that there were several assassination attempts/tries and that Lincoln had survived so many assassination schemes makes you literally feel as if you are back in the 1800′s investigating the evil ploy of the sick and twisted John Wilkes Booth. Not to mention the intuitive spirit that Lincoln conveys, having recurring “dreams of his own death”. This film makes you instantly adore Abraham Lincoln. Even in his last hour quotations like “To go continually in fear is to die over and over and over again” he states as he leaves for his last outing with his wife Mary Todd Lincoln (Geraldine Hughes).
The film, hailed by critics as “fascinating,” heart pounding” and constantly illuminating” with Billy Campbell (The Killing and Once Again) as Lincoln and Jesse Johnson as John Wilkes Booth adapts Bill O’Reilly’s best selling book into a two hour stellar performance. The viewer watches intently as to have history teach to them at a level that has never been taught before. Shot on location in and around Richmond Virginia, Killing Lincoln is directed by Adrian Moat (Gettysburg), Written by Emmy Award winning Writer/executive producer Erik Jendressen (Band of Brothers) and produces by Mark Herzog’s Herzog and Co. (Gettysburg). With this All-Star talented creative team along with Bill O’Reillys genius authorship of a best seller…it’s a no brainer that Killing Lincoln is a must see. It was so refreshing to watch “real history”, Thank you National Geographic Channel.
Killing Lincolns encore performance airs this Saturday, February 23, at 7p.m. ET/PT and 9p.m.ET/PT.