John Debney and Bruce Broughton’s Texas Rising Premiere Scores 4.1 Million Viewers
Debney has now scored three of the four highest rated mini-series premieres of the last four years
The History channel’s epic miniseries Texas Rising premiered to 4.1 million viewers on Memorial Day, making it the most watched scripted cable premiere of 2015 and the most watched mini-series premiere since 2013. Emmy Award winning composers John Debney and Bruce Broughton collaborated to score the miniseries Texas Rising directed by Oscar® nominee Roland Joffe. Featuring an all-star cast including Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Olivier Martinez, the miniseries details the Texas Revolution and the rise of the Texas Rangers. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. The heroic General Sam Houston (Paxton), the rag tag Rangers, and the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas” lead this story of the human will to win against insurmountable odds. Texas Rising’s final six hours will be played out over the next three Mondays (June 1, 8 and 15).
John Debney previously collaborated with Texas Rising writer and executive producer Leslie Greif on History’s record breaking miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, which received a total of 16 Emmy nominations including a nomination for Best Score. Given the epic scale of Texas Rising as a ten hour event series, Debney knew he wanted to collaborate with composer Bruce Broughton. “From the very beginning, I knew I wanted to work with Bruce. He’s an amazing, iconic composer who I consider a master of the western genre,” explained Debney. Broughton has provided the score to classic westerns Tombstone and Silverado, receiving an Oscar® nomination for the latter. Debney convinced Broughton to come out of retirement and collaborate with him. Their synergistic collaboration resulted in a score that incorporates contemporary elements with a sound reminiscent of the great western scores. Debney and Broughton also collaborated with virtuoso guitarist José Feliciano who plays on the score and wrote an original song for Texas Rising.
John Debney is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after composers due to his versatility and collaborative nature. He has composed music in virtually every genre for film, television and videogames, with credits including Iron Man 2, Elf, Doctor Who, The Passion of the Christ, and Bruce Almighty. Debney has earned critical acclaim and numerous accolades for his music, receiving an Academy-Award nomination for his The Passion of the Christ score in addition to winning three Emmy Awards and being the youngest ever recipient of ASCAP’s Henry Mancini Career Achievement Award. John Debney’s recent projects include The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, NBC’s American Odyssey, and History’s Houdini starring Adrien Brody. Debney is also scoring Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau.