After his role of Spock on Star Trek, the late, great Leonard Nimoy was perhaps most recognizable for his stint as the host of the iconic paranormal investigative series, In Search of…. The series aired weekly from 1977 until 1982, with Nimoy leading viewers on open-minded investigations into unexplained phenomena such as Bigfoot, UFOs, and the lost city of Atlantis. Now, In Search Of is getting a brand new reboot, and the new show’s choice to host is pretty much the best way to honor Nimoy’s legacy.
Zachary Quinto, who of course stars as Spock in the new Star Trek films, is tapped to again follow Nimoy’s footsteps in hosting the new version of In Search Of. The new series will air on History, which announced on Jan. 30 that it had ordered ten episodes of the reboot. This version will be less polished and documentary-like compared to the original, and will instead put Quinto in the field in an “unscripted” way as he attempts to discover the truth behind various paranormal mysteries.
“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 benefited in the past forty years since the original series first aired,” Quinto said in a statement, according to EW. “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.”
Also chiming in was History’s executive vice president of programming, Eli Lehrer, who said, “In the ‘70s and ‘80s, the legendary Leonard Nimoy captivated viewers by transporting them through the world of unsolved mysteries and paranormal phenomena. 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.”
This actually isn’t the first time that In Search of… has been rebooted. A version aired on the Sci-Fi Channel in 2002 with X-Files and Stargate Atlantis star Mitch Pileggi as host, but it lasted just eight episodes. But with Quinto —who has already shown an ability to channel Nimoy — at the helm, perhaps the new version can last longer… and maybe even discover something interesting.