10:17am PT by Bryn Sandberg
Zachary Quinto UFO Series 'In Search Of' Ordered by History
Zachary Quinto is setting off to search for UFOs.
The Star Trek star will host In Search Of, an unscripted History series inspired by the 1970s franchise hosted by Leonard Nimoy that examined unexplained phenomena all over the world. The cable network has ordered 10 episodes of the show, which Quinto will also executive produce.
Each episode will follow Quinto as he investigates a different subject within a dynamic theme — think: alien encounters, mysterious creatures, UFO sightings, time travel and artificial intelligence — and searches for the truth to some of the world’s greatest mysteries. In Search Of will feature interviews with witnesses and scholars with a personal connection to the phenomenon and include immersive demonstrations and experiments.
The original series aired from 1977 to 1982 and was hosted by Rod Serling before Nimoy stepped in following Serling’s death. The revival is being produced by Propagate Content, Universal Television Alternative Studio and Before the Door Pictures with FremantleMedia International distributing the series globally. In addition to Quinot, executive producers include Ben Silverman, Howard Owens, Brett-Patrick Jenkins, Eddie Schmidt and Zachary Behr.
“I am so excited to be reimagining ‘In Search Of’ and exploring new questions and phenomena with all of the advancements in science and technology from which we have benefitted in the past 40 years since the original series first aired,” said Quinto. “In the spirit of my late dear friend Leonard Nimoy, we intend to honor and perpetuate his endless curiosity about the world — and universe — in which we live. Our director Eddie Schmidt and our partners at Propagate, Universal Television Alternative Studio and FremantleMedia International have ignited the process with enthusiasm and intelligence, and History is the perfect home for this unique and compelling series.”
“In the '70s and '80s, the legendary Leonard Nimoy captivated viewers by transporting them through the world of unsolved mysteries and paranormal phenomena,” said Eli Lehrer, executive vp programming at History. “To this day, the investigations conducted in this series remain relevant and a source of public obsession. Now with Zachary’s passion and prevalence in the science fiction genre, the groundbreaking series is back for a new audience.”
In Search Of joins History’s nonfiction slate, which includes Ancient Aliens and the forthcoming Blue Book, which will chronicle the true top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and '60s known as “Project Blue Book.”