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New on TV 1/30/08: ‘UFO Hunters’

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Whether you’re a UFO believer (a “Mulder”) or a total skeptic (a “Scully”), one thing is for sure: compelling new TV is hard to come by these days.

Reality and documentary television has traditionally been a refuge from crises like the current writers strike. The History Channel is continuing that tradition tonight with its new series UFO Hunters. The first episode deals with an Air Force team involved in a deadly plane crash after investigating a UFO sighting in Washington state. Here’s the kicker: the sighting was reported in 1947, just a week before the famous incident in Roswell, N.M.

The strange thing about this is that the Sci-Fi Channel has a Web page for a show called UFO Hunters advertised as from the creators of Ghost Hunters and set to air the same day – but I don’t see it on the schedule.

Whatever the channel, I’ll be watching (or DVR-ing it, anyway). Will you? What do you believe?

UFO Hunters airs 11 p.m. Wednesdays on The History Channel.

>>For another tale of a reported UFO encounter in the West just days before Roswell, check out another History Channel production, The Naked Underground, an online companion to its hit series Cities of the Underworld. Click on the Portland story.

UPDATE: As of Wednesday evening, Sci-Fi’s version is now on the schedule. The description: “The team searches in the ocean to investigate a fireball tha fell from the sky; the team interviews a man who claims to have been abducted.”

How long until the lawsuits fly? (As far as I know, there is no relationship between History Channel/A&E and NBC Universal, which owns Sci-Fi.)

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