The HISTORY® Channel announces its new twelve-part non-fiction series “I Was There,” produced by ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos and hosted by Theo EJ Wilson, the little -son of a Tuskegee airman. Premiering over two nights on Sunday, February 20 and Monday, February 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, the series offers an immersive journey through time, placing Wilson at the center of some of history’s greatest events, to deconstruct how they really happened. .
It features startling insights into how a card, a dance, and a fateful moment were factors in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and how cost-cutting, weather, and a spark created one of the world’s worst disasters. aerial history – the Hindenburg disaster. Each episode highlights a different moment in history. Inspired by his passion for history, Wilson is a thief THE WALL as it breaks down the barrier between audience and action to revisit a series of critical historical events, disasters, triumphs and true stories to learn unexpected facts in an engaging, fast-paced and often unpredictable way.
The half-hour series will air regularly on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning February 28.
Through original archival documents, expert testimony, and dramatic recreations using CGI technology to place Wilson in the scene, each episode challenges ideas of what really happened during some of the most crucial to the story.
This season explores the assassination of Abraham Lincoln; the Hindenburg disaster; the Salem witch trials; the death of Jesse James; the Oklahoma City bombing; the Battle of Stalingrad; the series of murders of HH Holmes at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893; the Chernobyl accident; the 1965 Bloody Sunday March from Selma to Montgomery; the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986; the catastrophic 1889 Johnstown flood in eastern Pennsylvania and the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Expert interviews include Emmy Award-winning journalist and “Nightline” co-anchor Byron Pitts, author of “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” Ron Hansen, Chief explosives Kirk Yeager, former NASA astronaut Winston Scott, Hood College’s Director of African American Studies and Associate Professor of American History, Dr. Terry Anne Scott, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative and holder of the Distinguished University Chair and Professor of History at the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Yohuru Williams and more.
“We are honored to partner with George on this gripping series that stands at the forefront of historic moments from our past,” said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President and Chief Programming Officer for The HISTORY® Channel. “With our captivating host Theo taking us on an immersive journey to uniquely experience fascinating bits of history, our audiences will feel like they’re right in the thick of the action during events such as the assassination of President Lincoln or the Battle of Stalingrad.”
“I Was There” is produced for The HISTORY® Channel by Committee Films, Inc. Maria Awes and Andy Awes are executive producers for Committee Films, Inc. George Stephanopoulos is executive producer. Eli Lehrer, Amy Savitsky and Mike Stiller are executive producers of The HISTORY® Channel.
Watch the promo for the new series: