New Xbox exclusive documentary series will explore fabled E.T. cartridge mystery

By on December 19, 2013, 4:15 PM
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As part of Microsoft's all-in-one media hub push with the Xbox One, it has a number of original television series scheduled for Xbox users coming in 2014. Today the company has announced another interesting addition coming next year to its exclusive TV line-up in the form of a new documentary series focused on the way technology has changed entertainment and business over the years. The show will be produced by Simon Chinn, (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire) and Jonathan Chinn (Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days) and is yet to be officially named.

We know that the first episode will be centered around the mysteries surrounding Atari's buried E.T cartridges. For those that aren't familiar, it is said that Atari's E.T. game came out in the 80's and was considered to be such a bad title that the company had truckloads of cartridges buried somewhere in New Mexico. At this point, the story is yet to be confirmed, but a film crew was reported to have excavated the supposed site where the cartridges were buried, and it now looks as though Microsoft's new show may have landed the footage.

“Our collaboration with Xbox offers an unparalleled opportunity to make a unique series of films around the extraordinary events and characters that have given rise to the digital age,” said Simon Chinn.

Microsoft is hoping to begin airing its original programming within the first 6 months of next year, but no hard dates have been set. At this point, there is a Halo series with Steven Spielberg tapped as executive producer, a pro-skater series and a reality show about street soccer called Every Street United, all on the slate.

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