11:28am PT by Lesley Goldberg
History Orders Six-Hour 'World Wars' Docuseries
History channel is marking the 100th anniversary of World War I with a six-hour docuseries.
The cable network has ordered World Wars, which will tell the story of three decades of war from the perspective of the men who came of age in the trenches and decided the fate of a world on the brink of disaster. The series will be told through men like Roosevelt, Hitler, Patton, Mussolini, Churchill, Tojo, DeGaulle and MacArthur.
The event series, which will feature interviews with Gen. Colin Powell, British Prime Minister John Major, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and U.S. Sen. John McCain, among others, will be broadcast on both History and H2 in the U.S. and internationally. It will also premiere on France Televisions and Germany's N24.
The series examines the two wars as one contiguous timeline starting in 1914 and continuing to 1945. The stories will be told through the original style that History and producers Stephen David Entertainment used for its Emmy-winning The Men Who Built America and utilize state-of-the-art CGI, dramatic scenes and contributors like Powell, Leon Panetta and more.
Russell McCarroll, Paul Cabana and Christian Murphy will executive produce for History, while David serves as EP for Stephen David Productions.
History and H2 are also developing a global educational outreach campaign that will be geared toward high school and college students throughout the world.
Beyond the docuseries, History is also developing a few war-themed scripted miniseries, including one pegged to the Revolutionary War.