McMurry History Professors Featured on Fox News Program Legends and Lies: Into the West

  Gary Ellison
  Thursday, April 9, 2015 3:13 PM
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Abilene, TX

McMurry University History Professors Dr. Don Frazier and Dr. Stephen Hardin will bring their extensive knowledge about Texas and Old West history to Fox News Legends & Lies: Into The West; debuting Sunday, April 12, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time (7 p.m. Central). The series is executive produced by Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly.

Created by Fox News Channel, the new documentary series will take a trip back in time over the course of 10 Sundays to examine the legends of historical Wild West heroes like Jesse James, David Crockett, Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid.

Two original episodes will run back-to-back for the premiere week, with brand new episodes debuting every following Sunday. Legends & Lies& will also be presented during additional weekend slots including Saturdays at 8 p.m. Eastern and on Sundays.

The documentary-style series is produced by Warm Springs Production, which is known for such programs as History's Mountain Men, Animal Planet's American River Renegades and HGTV's Log Cabin Living.

"They contacted Steve Hardin about doing a segment on David Crockett, and he went down to San Antonio and spent a day shooting. Then, one of their talking heads canceled, and they asked Steve if he could recommend someone, and he turned them on to me," said Dr. Donald Frazier. "I ended up commenting on several segments including Crockett, Kit Carson, Bass Reeves, George Custer, Jesse James, and Isaac Parker. I'm a historian; I should know a little something about a lot of things! At any rate, the history department at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, once again stepped up and helped contribute to a high profile, national project, and we were glad to do it."

"We didn't get to work directly with Bill O'Reilly, but from what we heard, he liked what he saw on camera," said Dr. Stephen Hardin. "We will see how much of our work actually makes it on screen."

The 21st Century Fox-owned cable outlet billed Legends & Lies as a program that will portray critical moments that led to renown for the central figure of each episode. The episodes will also present first-hand accounts from direct descendants and historians, along with archival photographs and special effects. Viewers can then decide, based on forensic evidence and analysis, whether each protagonist's story is a legend or a lie.

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