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Lester Holt Hosting Syfy Documentary

Holt061010.jpg In an interesting case of cross-network synergy, Syfy has recruited NBC News anchor Lester Holt to host a documentary special, “Inside Secret Government Warehouses: Shocking Revelations.”

The special, produced by Syfy and NBC’s Peacock Productions, will premiere on the NBCU-owned cable channel Sunday, July 11 at 9 p.m. The doc is tied to the launch of season two of “Warehouse 13,” the Syfy drama set at, you guessed it, a secret government warehouse.

Holt will be doing his best Robert Langdon impression, traveling from Area 51 in Nevada to the Vatican secret archives.


The pseudo-scientific subject matter of the series may be controversial for the serious NBC newsman. The special will present a mandible (part of the jaw) that one expert says is not from any creature on earth, and will also speak to former military officers who claim to have encountered UFOs or witnessed other odd occurrences.

Of course it will also feature experts and officials disputing the claims of the UFO enthusiasts.

The press release is below.

AWARD-WINNING NBC NEWS JOURNALIST LESTER HOLT GOES ON GLOBAL QUEST INSIDE SECRET GOVERNMENT WAREHOUSES: SHOCKING REVELATIONS PREMIERES SUNDAY, JULY 11, AT 9PM (ET/PT) ON SYFY

Inspired by Syfy’s Smash Hit Series Warehouse 13, Returning for Second Season Tuesday, July 6, at 9PM (ET/PT)

New York, New York – June 10, 2010 – Alien body parts…powerful religious artifacts…UFO wreckage…what exactly is hidden behind heavily guarded doors? Inspired by Syfy’s hit series, Warehouse 13, NBC News award-winning journalist Lester Holt goes on a global expedition to uncover the truth behind the world’s top secret, mysterious warehouses where super-classified objects are kept.

In Inside Secret Government Warehouses: Shocking Revelations, premiering on Syfy Sunday, July 11, at 9PM (ET/PT), Holt capitalizes on exclusive access to restricted sites, traveling from Area 51 in Nevada to deep inside the Vatican secret archives — the centerpiece of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons — interviewing informants, Washington decision-makers, former top military personnel and leading experts.

Among the explosive findings:

A mandible thought to be not of this world — potential evidence that alien life was hidden by the United States government at Wright-Patterson Air Force base.

High level informant who describes huge underground tunnels beneath military installations.

Victims (including former U.S. military personnel) of unauthorized government experimentation.

A former US Air Force pilot ordered to shoot down a UFO in England.

Experts interviewed for the show include:

John Podesta, Former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton and CEO, Center for American Progress

Michio Kaku, world renowned theoretical physicist.

Paul Levinson, author of 15 books and professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.

Hank Albarelli Jr., author of A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the C.I.A.’s Secret Cold War Experiments.

Katherine Olmsted, Professor of History at UC Davis.

Rep. Michael Turner, Ohio 3rd District (covers Wright-Patterson)

Luca Carboni, General Secretary, Vatican Secret Archives

Shara Bailey, Dental Anthropologist, New York University

Eleanor Herman, Author, Mistress of the Vatican

Robert Collins, Ret. U.S Air Force Captain

Jonathan Turley, Law Professor, George Washington University

Glenn Campbell, Area 51 Expert

Inside Secret Government Warehouses: Shocking Revelations is a co-production of Syfy and Peacock Productions. Executive Producer: Gretchen Eisele. Producer: Kimberly Ferdinando. For Peacock Productions: Executive in Charge of Production: Sharon Scott. Co-Executive Producers: Knute Walker, Benjamin Ringe. For Syfy: Thomas Vitale.

Returning for its second season Tuesday, July 6, at 9PM (ET/PT), Warehouse 13, the most successful series in Syfy’s history, follows two Secret Service agents (Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly) who find themselves transferred to a massive, top-secret storage facility in South Dakota which houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and supernatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government. The Warehouse’s caretaker Artie (Saul Rubinek) charges the agents with chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to cache at the Warehouse, as well as helping him to control the Warehouse itself. The series also features Allison Scagliotti as Claudia, Artie’s apprentice in the Warehouse.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

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