Bill O’Reilly has been a staple — perhaps even THE staple — of the Fox News Channel’s primetime lineup for the past two decades. His nightly program, The O’Reilly Factor, has routinely been on top of the cable news ratings, and his historical documentary series, Legends & Lies, has become one of the most popular shows on the network’s weekend schedule.
The latter was so popular, in fact, that the program — for which O’Reilly is executive producer — has been renewed for an all-new season, the network has announced. It returns for a much-anticipated season two at 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Last season, the program zeroed in on the Wild West. In the upcoming season, based on the companion book, Legends & Lies: The Patriots, the series’ one-hour episodes will focus on the Founding Fathers and the American Revolution.
As was the case with season one, the show will look at historical facts side by side with the legend that was told about the subjects over time. The new season’s episodes will include historical re-enactments and thoughts from historians and scholars on subjects such as the Boston Massacre, Alexander Hamilton and George Washington. The first episode will focus on Samuel Adams and Paul Revere.
While season two will air over the course of nine episodes this summer, three episodes will be held over until December, including one that will be a Christmas special on George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River.
Fox News Channel is hoping to build on the success of season one, which yielded the network a nearly 50 percent increase in total weekend viewership.