Regardless of how you feel about J.J. Abram’s renditions of Star Trek, you have to admit one thing… Zachary Quinto makes a killer Mr. Spock. The cable network History must also love Quinto’s portrayal of the character made famous by Leonard Nimoy, because it just announced that he’ll be the executive producer and host of the reboot of In Search Of.
The original TV series ran from 1977 to 1982, and told stories of mysterious phenomena, like UFOs, cryptids and missing people like Grand Duchess Anastasia and D.B. Cooper. When the show started, Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling hosted the program. Upon his death in 1978, Leonard Nimoy and his groovy leisure suits took the reins.
"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,” Quinto told Variety. "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."
This isn’t Quinto’s first rodeo when it comes to this subject matter. In addition to playing Spock, Quinto became a household name when he played Sylar, a serial killer wth super powers, on Heroes, was nominated for his performances in the supernatural drama miniseries, American Horror Story.
There was a short-lived reboot in 2002, which aired on the Sci-Fi channel, featuring Mitch Pileggi of The X-Files as the host. While there will certainly be some similarities between this new rendition and the original series from the ‘70s — we haven’t yet proven whether Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster exists — the modern twist will be interesting to see. After all, the Pentagon did finally admit to basically having had its own X-files unit.