History Channel is finally getting its old groove back, as the platform is now going to start airing a new limited documentary series revolving around the life of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called “FDR“. The epic miniseries will provide a cinematic representation of the Great Depression era and World War II, including other dramatic events that happened when FDR became the 32nd President of the United States.
The show premiered on History on 29th May 2023. It’s set to be executively produced by Doris Kearns Goodwin, one of the best-selling authors who has also been awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Along with Doris, Bradley Cooper will also be the producer behind the series. His production company, Lea Pictures, has been working in association with RadicalMedia and GroupM Motion to bring the show to life.
With the platform’s previous documentary-like miniseries becoming a hit with the audience, it looks like History will be trying to cover all of the presidents the United States has had. Up until now, History Channel has released four other shows, titled Washington (2020), Grant, (2020), Theodore Roosevelt (2022), and Abraham Lincoln (2022).
The first one was able to cover the life of George Washington in an intriguing way, while Grant revolved around the life of the 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant. As seen in previous shows, FDR will have only 3 episodes.
FDR: Cast Of The Show
Cast members of the History series will be Christian McKay as Franklin Roosevelt, Rufus Jones in the role of Theodore Roosevelt, Alice Bounsall as Eleanor Roosevelt, and Adrian Galley will be playing the role of Winston Churchill. Franklin Roosevelt was Theodore Roosevelt’s 5th cousin, with Franklin’s wife also being a closer relative of the 26th President.
You may recognize Christina McKay from his previous works which include playing the role of Orson Welles in Me and Orson Welles. The role got him immense fame along with more than 24 awards. Other projects Christian has been a part of include Creditors, The Young Messiah, Provenance, and The Theory of Everything.
FDR: Episode Guide
Since FDR is only going to be a miniseries, it will have around 3 episodes in this season. New episodes of FDR will be aired on consecutive days with each episode having a run time of 120-125 minutes.
Episode 1: Nothing To Fear – May 29th, 2023.
The premiere episode of FDR will portray the president putting his setback out of the way as he has to now deal with an America that is going through tough times due to the Great Depression. Not only is he successful in saving the country from going to worse, but Franklin Roosevelt also does the job with optimism and passion, giving America the hope of a better tomorrow.
Episode 2: Rendezvous With Destiny – May 30th, 2023
Having told his citizens to fear nothing but fear, the president himself now faces a dangerous threat from Europe as Hitler rises to power. Franklin Roosevelt has no choice but to prepare for war. Things get even more complicated when Pearl Harbor is attacked, giving birth to one of the world’s greatest conflicts.
Episode 2: Arsenal Of Democracy – May 31st, 2023
Knowing the power his industrial forces hold, the president clings on to the hope of coming out successfully of the war with the help of his wise decisions teamed up with the perfect timing of the US forces. As the war’s dangers slowly faded away, Franklin Roosevelt felt his own life and health catch up to him, threatening the period left for his presidential rule.
FDR: Streaming Guide
New Epic History Channel series episodes will be released on the platform at around 8:00 pm ET & 7:00 pm CT. On-demand episodes of FDR will be available to stream on History’s Website. These new episodes will be released in other places at the following times:
- United Kingdom: 1:00 am, May 30th to June 1st, 2023.
- Australia: 10:00 am, May 30th to June 1st, 2023.
- India: 5:30 am, May 30th to June 1st, 2023.
- Germany: 2:00 am, May 30th to June 1st, 2023.
- Canada: 8:00 pm, May 29th to May 31st, 2023.
- Philippines: 8:00 am, Mat 30th to June 1st, 2023.
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