Spike TV is best known for its original reality television programming, including American digger and rescue bar, but the network had wanted to dig into original scripted programming for some time. On Monday, Spike announced that he would dive into ancient history with a series of limited events following none other than Pharaoh Tutankhamun, also known as the late and great King Tut.
Most people with an average level of historical knowledge are familiar with King Tut thanks to an accident in the early 1920s that led famed researcher Howard Carter to later unearth artifacts related to the former ruler. Spike’s TV series will be called All and will, however, go back much further in history than the event of the 20th century. According to a network press release, it will tell the story of the pharaoh, who was the youngest man to rule Egypt before he died at the age of 19. Here is the official synopsis from the cable network:
It’s hard enough to get back to scripted programming — especially since Spike TV had an eight-year hiatus from that kind of creative endeavor — but the network seems to be making a pretty smart game with it. All. Instead of going through a lengthy pilot process, Spike recovered All straight to the show, with the ancient Egyptian drama set to premiere in 2015. Also, instead of greenlighting a program with multiple seasons, Spike bills All as a “limited event series”, which will feature six hours of content. Since the network is experimenting with what will or won’t work, this seems like the best way to dig in and start creating a whole new lineup.
That 2015 premiere date means we’re still a long way from reaping the rewards of Spike TV’s latest efforts. The series won’t even go into production until this fall, but those who are chosen All should have a great time filming the series. Filming will take place in Canada but also in more exotic Morocco this fall. Joel S. Rie and Michael Prupas are producing the series, and Greg Gugliotta, Michael Vickerman, Jeremy Elice, Angela Mancuso and Sharon Levy are executive producers for the project. Michael Vickerman, Peter Paige, Bradley Bredeweg will write All.
If you can’t wait All, Dreamworks animation also recently created a character based on the lively and youthful pharaoh as part of the company’s animated hit Mr. Peabody and Sherman.