In Search of
Premieres Friday, July 20, 10/9c, History
Are you ready to explore the unknown? This reboot of the popular ’70s series will do just that, with Zachary Quinto guiding you over 10 episodes. As host and executive producer, the big-screen Spock is again following in the footsteps of late Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy, who hosted the original examination of historical phenomena and paranormal quandaries. “[Nimoy] was endlessly curious and always engaged in the pursuit of information,” Quinto says. “I respected that about him so deeply. I try to maintain that same level of interest in my life.”
However, Quinto won’t just be standing in a studio sporting a blazer-turtleneck combo. “What was interesting to me was encouraging the franchise to go in a new direction,” he says. “I was really into traveling around the world.”
During that global hunt for myths and mysteries, Quinto spoke to a wide variety of experts, experiencers and the like: scientists using radio telescopes to find signs of alien life, an Italian monk with superhuman strength, a companion-
doll company dabbling in artificial intelligence and the billionaire who happens to have an enormous sinkhole on his Missouri property.
Has the series made a true believer out of Quinto? “What I’ve learned about myself from doing this series is that I need proof,” he says. Well, don’t we all? —Emily Aslanian