Newswire: History picks up Leonardo DiCaprio’s Frontiersmen documentary series

After having a grand old time tromping through the wilderness, wearing animal furs, and getting vengeance in The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio is heading to TV to teach others about the fun of being a man on the frontier with a new project for History called Frontiersmen. Billed as an “eight-hour documentary series” in a press release, the show will “follow the stories of iconic pioneers,” including Daniel Boone, Davy Crocket, Lewis and Clark, Tecumseh, and even beloved, slave-owning $20-bill-man Andrew Jackson. Frontiersmen will also chronicle the United States’ first 75 years, from the post-Revolutionary War era to the California Gold Rush, and it will show how all of this frontier action “helped shape us from colonists into today’s Americans.” Hopefully, Frontiersmen won’t spend too much time making today’s Americans feel bad about the stark contrast between them and the brave frontier people they’re watching on TV …

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