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[07/13/10 - 01:04 PM]
History(Tm) Premieres Chasing Mummies the Amazing Adventures of DR. Zahi Hawass Wednesday, July 14
The newcomer will air Wednesdays at 10:00/9:00c on the cable channel.

[via press release from History]

FORGET EVERYTHING YOU'VE EVER SEEN ON TELEVISION ABOUT ARCHAEOLOGY

HISTORY(TM) PREMIERES CHASING MUMMIES THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DR. ZAHI HAWASS WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 10PM ET/PT

A SERIES OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ADVENTURES

New York, NY, July 13, 2010 - HISTORY's CHASING MUMMIES, a new series featuring Dr. Zahi Hawass, a living legend in the field of Egyptology, premieres tomorrow, on Wednesday, July 14, 10pm ET/PT.

Forget every archaeology show you've ever seen. Forget all the specials with mind-numbing dates and endless explanations. CHASING MUMMIES breaks new ground - literally! This series for the first time shows all the unexpected details, all the catastrophes, all the passion and all the anguish that results in a trove of new and astonishing ancient Egyptian finds. The unique series follows Hawass, a no-nonsense man of real emotion, dedication, genius and some say, madness, and his team of American fellows, as well as the series' Executive Producer Leslie Greif, who does his best to keep up with Dr. Zahi, a whirlwind adventurer.

The series is not only jam-packed with tons of information and amazing world-altering discoveries, but also brings viewers on surprising twists and turns and adventures - along the way showing all the steps encountered in great archaeology that have never been shown on television before. It's not what you expect, it is not always pretty, it's a world you can't turn away.

The series covers Hawass as he encounters daily obstacles. While retrieving Cleopatra's pylon from the depths of the Bay of Alexandria, a crane nearly topples and a storm almost derails the process. When one of the interns and a cameraman get trapped inside the Step Pyramid for over six hours, Hawass and Greif must rush to rescue them. The team gets stranded in the desert without any food and must eat a freshly slaughtered camel from desert nomads they happen upon. When one of the fellows faces a medical crisis, Dr. Zahi climbs down into King Seti's tomb - the longest tomb in Egypt at 400 feet. These and many other occurrences are all captured on camera and kept in the show so that viewers may see real archaeology in the process.

CHASING MUMMIES is produced for HISTORY by Leslie Greif's Boutique TV, with Leslie Greif and Adam Reed as executive producers. Mohamed Gohar is the Egyptian Executive Producer. Jason Sklaver is the co-executive producer. Executive Producer for Boutique TV is Adam Freeman. Executive Producers for HISTORY are Charles Nordlander, David McKillop, and Joseph LaPolla.

HISTORY(TM) and HISTORY HD(TM) are the leading destinations for revealing, award-winning original non-fiction series and event-driven specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture. Among the network's program offerings are hit series such as American Pickers, Ax Men, Battle 360, How the Earth Was Made, Ice Road Truckers, Pawn Stars and The Universe, as well as acclaimed specials including 102 Minutes That Changed America, 1968 with Tom Brokaw, King, Life After People, Nostradamus: 2012, Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed and WWII in HD. HISTORY has earned four Peabody Awards, seven Primetime Emmy(R) Awards, 12 News & Documentary Emmy(R) Awards and received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's Save Our History(R) campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. Take a Veteran to School Day is the network's latest initiative connecting America's schools and communities with veterans from all wars. The HISTORY website, located at www.history.com, is the leading online resource for all things history, featuring over 20,000 videos, images, audio clips, articles and interactive features that allow visitors to dig deeper into a broad range of thousands of historical topics.





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