Spike TV orders miniseries about King Tut

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It's official: Spike TV is returning to scripted programming.

The male-skewing cable network has given the green light to Tut, a six-hour miniseries first developed in September.

The Viacom-owned cabler made the announcement Monday, noting that the limited series is based on the story of Tutankhamun, otherwise known as King Tut.

The six-part drama combines the turmoil, power struggles, political backstabbing, war and murder that existed during King Tut's reign as the youngest Pharaoh to rule ancient Egypt. The series is based on recently discovered historical evidence about Tut.

"We are thrilled to join forces with Muse Entertainment and this incredible writing team to bring the amazing story of one of history's legendary leaders to life," Spike exec vp original series Sharon Levy said. "Tut is the perfect addition to our slate of distinctive originals that appeal to a broad audience."

Tut's formal description reads: "Tut reveals, for the first time on television, the story of the Egyptian Pharaoh, one of the most renowned leaders in human history. This ambitious special-event series tells the story of Tut's rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisers, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests. Tut opens up a fascinating window into a world filled with heartbreaking romance, epic battles, political backstabbing, conspiracy, jealousy and even murder -- proving his world was not far removed from our own and that his reign as the youngest Egyptian king played out as a real-life drama for the ages."