Zachary Quinto is an actor best known for portraying Spock in the new Star Trek movies. It is therefore fitting that he has been cast in a reboot of the classic 1970s television show In Search Of, which starred Leonard Nimoy.
Quinto was an obvious first choice for the show, which will follow in its forebear's footsteps in investigating unsolved mysteries. Host Quinto will travel the world covering strange phenomena, from aliens to cryptids to time travel.
In Search Of was a huge hit. It ran from 1977 to 1982 and helped pioneer the "unsolved mystery" television format that is so familiar to us now.
The show was a spinoff of three television specials that were based on the work of Erich von Däniken, whose book Chariots of the Gods first popularized the notion of ancient aliens. Rod Serling, who narrated the specials, was originally slated to host In Search Of but passed away in 1975. Leonard Nimoy was cast as his replacement.
Quinto is thrilled to host the show. “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. 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.”
The show will air on the History Channel. If you missed the boat on the original In Search Of, it's not too late to catch it. Check out this clip about an alleged new Ice Age.