Laura Bell Bundy ... Abby Dunlap (4 episodes)
Jay DeMarcus ... Jesse Dunlap (4 episodes)
Powers Boothe ... Albert Sidney Johnston (3 episodes, 2013)
Matthew Rogers ... Rufus Ingalls (3 episodes, 2013)
Patrick Gorman ... Charles F. Smith (2 episodes, 2013)
Kix Brooks ... Winfield Scott Hancock (2 episodes)
Sara Evans ... Varina Davis (2 episodes)
American soil is under attack, the nation engaged in its most unpopular war. The population is divided on every political and social issue. In the White House, sits the most hated President in American history—believed by more than half the citizens to have stolen the election to his first term; when he runs for his second term, he will barely beat a war hero Democrat who campaigns on a popular anti-war platform. Inept generals will make a mockery of predictions of easy initial victory; in Congress, anti-administration committees will convene to investigate the conduct of this war. As the war drags on over years (instead of months), the United States will lose its overseas allies while introducing the world to weapons and tactics more devastating than ever before seen… Yet, at the end of it all, the color barrier between black and white in America will be transformed forever and our nation will become a beacon of hope to the world.
The similarities between now and then are startling and provide a wonderful contemporary, unique lens for historical drama.
Dramatically, it can be viewed as JOHN ADAMS meets BAND OF BROTHERS: a historically accurate series that thrives upon the emotional lives of American icons against a backdrop of a war that has never been accurately or fully portrayed.
Pretty Ambitious project, It does NOT have a network yet. But it is apparently being backed by Sony and has a 50 million dollar budget. Really digging these historical mini-series. They have hired some notable historical advisors as well.
The Cast list is pretty diverse and varied. You got some recognizable Movie actors, as well as established TV actors as well. Then you have some interesting choices (A former American Idol, a couple of country stars and Nascar drivers)
A couple of things I noticed reading the casting changes/rumors etc.
Michael C Hall was originally cast as Ullysees S Grant, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
Paul Giammati was scheduled to be James Longstreet, but is no longer.
Rob Lowe was originally cast as George Mccellan, but then took the role of James Longstreet when Giammatti left he project, and then took the role of Grant.
Jason O'Mara was scheduled to be George Mccellan, but because of Scheduling conflicts with Terra Nova, had to take a smaller role, with Terra Nova Canned, he was able to re-assume his original role.
D.B Sweeney was slated to be Mccellan, but with O'mara coming back, and with Lowe taking Grant, has moved onto to James Longstreet
Richard Dreyfuss has the role of George Thomas.
And rumors of Jeff Daniels playing Mark Twain abound.