For months, staff at the New Mexico Museum of Space History was sworn to secrecy and, to their credit, not a word was spoken. But now, the truth can come out. The producers of Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy
shot several segments featuring the museum and staff members last December. The segment, entitled Larry Gets Lost In Space,
will air on the History Channel this Wednesday, May 22 at 7:00 pm (MST).
Why all the secrecy? The world of reality television is very competitive and series producers want to make sure that the programs they produce are one of a kind. In the case of Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy, "one of a kind" is an understatement. "We spent almost all day with Larry and his crew, and the one thing you could be sure of was that you never knew what was going to happen next. Larry's humor is spontaneous with a 'redneck' twist," said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll.
According to the segment producers, the episode will actually open at the Museum's Support Center on Eddy Drive where Larry has a heart-to-heart talk with an anthropomorphic dummy and ponders the impact that space has had on New Mexico and the world. From there he travelled to the museum for a crash course in rocket science, an artifact endangering tour of the museum, somber visit to the grave of HAM the Astrochimp, and an explosive finale in the parking lot.
Orwoll, who was the brave soul escorting Larry through the museum, recalls a particular incident with "Larry and the artifact". "We don't want to give the show away, but the look on Larry's face was priceless," said Orwoll. "Larry is one of those people who can make anything funny, but when reality strikes it's hysterical!"
For sneak peeks at the segment, see the embedded two clips highlighting Larry's experiences in space, rocket building with Museum Education Specialist Michael Shinabery and an emotional, yet "hungry," moment at HAM's gravesite with Orwoll.
Will Larry overcome his issues with glue and become a rocket scientist? Will HAM the Astrochimp share his bananas with Larry? What can be more explosive than dozens of rockets launching all at once? For the answers to these questions and more, tune in to the History Channel this Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.
The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website.