There is a lot of history buried under our feet, and self-described “seeker,” actress Megan Fox will dig through the ruins to get to the bottom of it in Travel Channel’s new series, Legends of the Lost with Megan Fox.
The actress who was possessed by a demon in Jennifer’s Body, has been expanding on her abilities since she appeared on Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry. She told comedian Chelsea Handler the spirit of Handler’s aborted child was communicating to her through her beloved dog and opened Conan O’Brien’s sacral chakra on Conan. Now she will re-examine some of the world’s most enduring legends and lore,” according to the press statement. In four hour-long episodes, Fox will meet with experts and archaeologists, and peruse “priceless texts and fascinating artifacts to uncover answers about the age-old mysteries that still perplex scientists and archaeologists to this day.”
“As an actress, I’ve been lucky enough to peek behind the curtain at some of these ancient sites, and it has ignited an insatiable curiosity in me to learn more about these lost worlds that are deep in our distant past,” Fox says in the trailer for the series. “All across the world, our ancient ancestors left behind towering mysteries and enchanting myths,” said Fox.
In the premiere, Fox journeys to Scandinavia and England to investigate the theory that female warriors were in the Viking ranks. From the earliest recorded invasions in 790 AD through the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the Vikings raided and pillaged from Scandinavia to England and Russia, as far east as Newfoundland and to the shores of North Africa. For centuries, it was widely believed that Viking men led the charge. But new archaeological findings are questioning these long-held beliefs, and Megan Fox is on a quest to find the truth about the elite Viking warriors.
“Fox brings a fresh perspective to learning about some of the greatest myths and stories left behind by our ancient ancestors,” Travel Channel said in a statement.
In the episode “Stonehenge: The Healing Stones,” which premieres Tuesday, December 11 at 8 p.m., Fox travels to the United Kingdom to explore one of the most mysterious archaeological sites in the world – Stonehenge. She’ll investigate why our ancestors built this enigmatic monument and explore whether the stones possess supernatural powers. Was Stonehenge an ancient calendar, the world’s first “supercomputer” or a Stone Age hospital? Or perhaps it was all, or none, of the above?
“America’s Lost Civilization” premieres Tuesday, December 18. “For nearly 100 years, scientists have said that humans came to what is today the United States of America at the end of the last Ice Age, some 13,000 years ago,” reads the official synopsis. “But new archaeological findings along the Savannah River in the southeastern United States show that a great migration could have happened as far back as 48,000 BC. Some believe these first settlers were gigantic prehistoric versions of homo sapiens. Fox seeks to uncover who, or what, these early settlers really were.”
Fox travels to Turkey to find out if the infamous Trojan War actually happened in “The Trojan War: Myth or Truth?,” which premieres Tuesday, December 25. ” Using one of the greatest Greek legends, Homer’s Iliad, as her treasure map, Fox examines high-tech data and the latest archaeological finds along the coast of modern day Turkey in search of answers,” reads the synopsis. “Was Homer’s Iliad the greatest work of fiction ever written…or was he recording real events?”
Also on Travel Channel, wildlife expert Casey Anderson will get “dangerously close to the largest and fiercest creatures on the planet” on the new series Monster Encounters. He will travel to Bolivia to investigate sightings of a giant mammal that resembles the long-extinct ground sloth. Host Don Wildman will investigate a CIA mission to steal a Soviet spacecraft on the series Mysteries at the Museum. Wildman will explore “Valentino’s Cursed Ring, Floating Felon, Ghost Girls” in the series’ premieres on Wednesday, December 12. Ghost Adventures, with Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin, will add to their haunted case files by with episodes on a “Haunted Hospital” and “Echos from the Past.”
Legends of the Lost with Megan Fox premieres on Travel Channel Dec. 4.Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.