Spike TV is hoping to bring everyone back to the world of ancient Egypt with the premier of its three-night miniseries event “Tut,” starting this Sunday. The new drama will debut a new two hour episode each night from July 19 - 21.
According to Spike, “Tut” will be based somewhat on what is known about the boy-king, but will be more of a dramatization of the events that led both the title hero and Egypt to timeless greatness in the eyes of the world.
“‘Tut,’ tells the story of astounding saga of one of history's most extraordinary rulers, Tutankhamun (King Tut), played by Avan Jogia, and his closest adviser, Vizier Ay, played by Ben Kingsley. Tut revolves around King Tut's rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests,” the official plot synopsis reads.
While the show may not be the next “Game of Thrones,” it’s certainly got a lot going for it on night one as we are introduced to King Tut (Avan Jogia) as well as his trusted advisor, who may be scheming for a power play of his own, Ay (Ben Kingsley). Together the duo portray an intense chess game that sees Tut try to convince the people of Egypt that he’s a fit ruler and Ay try to maneuver the events so that Tut doesn’t succeed.
“He’s a man who very much wanted to join the royal club and succeeds because of great skill and great intelligence, as well as pitting rival factions against each other,” Kingsley told Yahoo! TV of his character, a commoner who climbed the ladder to become one of the most important figures in Egypt’s history. In fact, some to this day speculate that Ay, who succeeded Tut as pharaoh, may have played a hand in the king’s untimely death.
Those who want to see the three-night event may be wondering when and where they can watch it. To help make sure everyone is prepared and will not miss a moment of this bold new series, below is a rundown of the complete schedule for the debut of “Tut.”
“Tut” premiere schedule:
“Part One: Power”
Sunday, July 19, at 9:00 p.m. EDT
Sunday, July 19, at 10:54 p.m. EDT
Monday, July 20, at 12:54 a.m. EDT
Monday, July 20, at 7:00 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, July 21, at 5:00 p.m. EDT
Saturday, July 25, at 6:00 p.m. EDT
“Part Two: Betrayal”
Monday, July 20, at 9:00 p.m. EDT
Monday, July 20, at 10:59 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, July 21, at 12:58 a.m. EDT
Tuesday, July 21, at 7:00 p.m. EDT
Saturday, July 25, at 8:06 p.m. EDT
“Part Three: Destiny”
Tuesday, July 21, at 9:00 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, July 21, at 11:01 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, July 22, at 1:01 a.m. EDT
Saturday, July 25, at 10:09 p.m. EDT