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History ChannelThe network acquired documentaries from George Lucas that were originally planned to accompany his Young Indy TV series.

The History Channel has acquired a set of 94 short documentaries commissioned and overseen by George Lucas. The documentaries were intially meant to be companion pieces to Lucas’s ABC series The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, but never aired on television.

The educational docs, covering a variety of topics including ballet, slavery, and Al Capone, run between 30 and 60 minutes each. All will debut between next fall and the summer of ’08 on the History Channel’s Web site

According to an interview with Young Indy producer Rick McCallum, who’s been working with Lucas on the documentaries, the docs will be completed by the end of this month. Here’s what he had to say about the project:

There is a historical timeline that takes you through the life of Young Indy and incredible documentaries about the people that he meets. That was a fun and fantastic experience.

McCallum also mentioned that he hopes that Paramount will release the planned The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones DVD set before this Christmas.

The History Channel is expected to announce the documentaries as well as other upcoming specials and original programming today at a Gotham upfront presentation.

Source: Variety


  1. How does slavery have anything to do with Indiana Jones. I might try to catch them just to find out.

    Comment by Motorcycle Guy — April 30, 2007 @ 11:59 am

  2. Its gotta be a really shitty show if even ABC turned it down. Imaright?

    Comment by Indiana — April 30, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

  3. As for ABC, I’m sure Lucas wanted them to air in primetime – even 10 years ago, not exactly a great place for Docus and probably too expensive to air on Saturday morning … makes sense – should be perfect on the HIS channel.

    Comment by jbelkin — April 30, 2007 @ 1:20 pm

  4. Not only must these “docs” be of the lowest quality, but if they were so bad that even Lucas didn’t wanna make an extra buck off of them…well, that should say it all.

    Comment by Wynner — April 30, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

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