I got a letter from the producers of this new evolution series to be shown on 17 June on The History Channel. It allays many of the concerns we had from the original press release.
I want to thank you for your post “The History Channel might do something right” (May 6) about the channel’s upcoming series on evolution. Unfortunately the synopsis that was posted was actually a draft of an intended press release (written by a PR copywriter as one of your readers correctly suggested) which was sent out in error before it had been vetted for accuracy.
As one of the producers working on evolve, I just wanted to allay the fears of some commenters on your site who understandably interpreted the synopsis’s inaccuracies as cause for concern about the factuality of the series. A corrected version of this release is being issued by History Channel and procedures have been put in place to prevent this type of mistake in the future.
Please be assured that the producers have taken extraordinary pains to ensure the integrity of the series. We are working with the top accredited evolutionary biologists in their field, too numerous to name here. And all of our scripts are being vetted by Carl Zimmer, a science journalist whose books and articles on evolution you likely know.
We know your readers likely know a lot more about this topic than a general TV audience. But we’re doing our very best to keep both the laypeople who don’t have that knowledge and the ardent devotees tuning in week after week. Regardless, I think we can all agree that the series represents a terrific opportunity to educate the mass public on matters of evolution.
I’m willing to give it a chance. Let’s tune in and see if they thrill us!