In Search Of… is returning to television!
On Tuesday, HISTORY greenlit a new In Search Of series hosted and executive produced by Zachary Quinto (Star Trek). The 10-episode unscripted series, which is inspired by the 1970s franchise of the same name, will explore unexplained phenomena — alien encounters, UFO sightings, time travel, and artificial intelligence — from all around the world.
Each episode will follow Quinto as he investigates these great mysteries and will feature accounts from witnesses and scholars “with a personal connection to the phenomenon” and demonstrations that will hopefully provide context to the episode’s theme. In the press release announcing the pick-up, HISTORY pointed to the Pentagon’s recent confirmation of a secret UFO investigation program as evidence of the show’s timeliness.
Fun fact: The original In Search Of series, which ran from 1977 to 1982, was hosted by Leonard Nimoy, who is most famous for playing Spock on Star Trek. Quinto plays a younger version of Spock in the current Star Trek film franchise and came face-to-face with Nimoy’s version of the character in the 2009 movie. Basically, the Heroes alum seems determined to follow in the late actor’s footsteps.
“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 forty years since the original series first aired,” said Quinto in a statement. “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, the network’s executive vice president of programming. “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 addition to Quinto, In Search Of will also be executive produced by Eddie Schmidt; Zachary Behr for HISTORY; and Ben Silverman, Howard Owens and Brett-Patrick Jenkins for Propagate Content.