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'America: Facts Vs. Fiction' Explores What the Textbooks Didn't Tell You



Premiering Wednesday, July 10, the new Military Channel series, hosted by Naval officer and actor Jamie Kaler ("My Boys"), sets the record straight about our nation's and military's past.



"America: Facts Vs. Fiction" (TV show) host Jamie Kaler
America: Facts Vs. Fiction (TV show) host Jamie KalerJuly 1, 2013

Jamie Kaler in "America: Facts Vs. Fiction"
Jamie Kaler in "America: Facts Vs. Fiction"
Jamie Kaler in "America: Facts Vs. Fiction"
Jamie Kaler in "America: Facts Vs. Fiction"
SILVER SPRING, MD — History as we generally know it is full of holes or half-truths, and a mother lode of juicy details have been lost, distorted, covered up or simply ignored along the way. Military Channel's new series, "America: Facts Vs. Fiction" is on a mission to set the record straight. Hosted by former Naval officer and actor Jamie Kaler (TBS's "My Boys"), "America: Facts Vs. Fiction" is a wake-up call about the surprising hidden facts behind the most familiar and beloved stories from our nation's and military's past, filling in the blanks, debunking the occasional myth, and exploring why we sometimes get our own history, well, slightly wrong. Examining the past with a fresh perspective, this all-new series reveals that the "story" of America is just that — and far more remarkable than we ever thought. "America: Facts Vs. Fiction" premieres with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, July 10 at 10 and 10:30 PM E/P, and will premiere regularly Wednesdays at 10 PM E/P beginning July 17 on Military Channel.

"My father was a pilot in WWII, my brother was an Admiral who served in Vietnam, and I became a Naval Officer the year after 'Top Gun' came out. Yes, I have always had amazing timing, which is probably why the Military Channel chose me to host their new show '"America: Facts Vs. Fiction,'" said host, Jamie Kaler. "By combining my love of the military, American history, and witty banter, I will break down the true story behind many American myths and legends. I can promise you that this show will be almost as much fun as my trip to the Philippines during my West Pac in '89. Almost!"



Occasionally, little details don't fit nicely into the broad strokes of our history, so they are altered for the sake of a more compelling narrative. For instance, Paul Revere never galloped through the streets of Boston yelling, "The British are coming!" to warn people of the impending Revolutionary War. And technically, George Washington wasn't the first president of the United States. With no shortage of assumed Americana to debunk, "America: Facts Vs. Fiction" reveals the full truths behind the more commonly accepted half-truths, such as insight into the Commander in Chief's most famous mode of transportation, Air Force One, and the reality behind FDR's condition during WWII.

"America: Facts Vs. Fiction" is produced by Workaholic Productions, Inc., with Matt Hickey and Luke Ellis as executive producers. For Military Channel, Liz Massie is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is senior vice president of content strategy, and Henry Schleiff is president and general manager.