26/03/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
In keeping with SCI FI Channel's commitment to delivering original programming, Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, has announced the Channel's alternative/reality slate.
The roster will include the returns of the hidden camera show Scare Tactics with new host Tracy Morgan (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) and Mind Control with Derren Brown who will also appear in an extended special event. The competition show Estate of Panic and Brain Trust have been greenlighted to pilot and Indiana Jones gets a run for his money with the investigative special Mystery of the Crystal Skulls.
Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) has signed on to host an all-new season of SCI FI Channel's fan-favorite Scare Tactics. The hidden camera show is slated to return this year on SCI FI. Set up by friends and loved ones, unsuspecting victims are placed into elaborately staged scary situations involving movie-style special effects and makeup.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is this summer's most-anticipated movie and SCI FI feeds the Indy frenzy with the real story of and search for the legendary crystal Skulls. Glimmers of ancient civilizations and lost worlds have forever intrigued and tantalized but few ancient mysteries generate quite the fervor of the Crystal Skulls: 13 quartz crystal human skulls, now scattered to the four winds, discovered amid ruins of Mayan and Aztec societies. Legend tells us that should they ever be united, they may unleash untold energy, revealing secrets vital to the survival of humankind.
In the new special Mystery of the Crystal Skulls, SCI FI and host Lester Holt (NBC News/Weekend Today) explore the history of the Crystal Skulls: the myths, the legends, the controversies and the scientific tests performed behind closed doors. It digs even deeper for the truth with new lab tests, as well an expedition into the jungles of Belize to track down the missing skulls, a quest worthy of Indiana Jones himself. The special is produced by NBC's Peacock Productions in association with SCI FI.
SCI FI will air all three previous Indiana Jones movies (Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Los Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) on May 18th leading into the premiere of Mystery of the Crystal Skulls.
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