Monday, May 5, 2014

Spike Returns to Scripted Programming with Greenlight for 6-Hour Event Series 'Tut'

More than a year after the cable network announced its desire to return to scripted programming, Spike today has announced a production greenlight for Tut, a six-hour event series about Tutankhamun, aka King Tut, who reigned over Ancient Egypt as the youngest Pharaoh from 1333 to 1323 BC.

Tut reveals, for the first time on television, the story of the Egyptian Pharaod, one of the most renowned leaders in human history. This event series will tell the story of Tut's rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisers, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests. Tut opens up a fascinating window into a world filled with heart-breaking romance, epic battles, political backstabbing, conspiracy, jealousy and even murder and that his reign as the youngest Egyptian king played out as a real-life drama for the ages.

Tut will be shot on location in Morocco and Canada this fall for an early 2015 premiere date. Michael Vickerman series as writer/executive producer, with The Fosters creators Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige also on board as writers. Executive producers include Michael Prupas, Joel S. Rice, Greg Gugliotta, Jeremy Elice, Angela Mancuso and Sharon Levy. Muse Entertainment will produce the event series.

"We are thrilled to join forces with Muse Entertainment and this incredible writing team to bring the amazing story of one of history's legendary leaders to life," said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Spike. "Tut is the perfect addition to our slate of distinctive originals that appeal to a broad audience."