HISTORY’S HIT DRAMA SERIES ‘PROJECT BLUE BOOK’ RETURNS TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 AT 10 PM ET/PT.
10-EPISODE SOPHOMORE SEASON EXPLORES REAL LIFE ICONIC CASES ROSWELL AND AREA 51
New York, NY – November 19, 2019 – HISTORY’s hit drama series “Project Blue Book” from A+E Studios and executive produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe(R) winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Contact) returns for season two on Tuesday, January 21 at 10PM ET/PT.
At a time when UFOs and related phenomena have piqued worldwide attention and public intrigue, season two will take a dramatic look back at where the UFO conspiracy first began and highlight real cases that ignited America’s fascination around the topic. Based on the true, top secret investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952-1969, each episode will draw from the actual case files blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in United States history.
“UFOs have sparked a cultural conversation that has infiltrated recent news cycles, but the truth is, the allure with this topic goes back decades since the creation of Project Blue Book,” said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President and General Manager for HISTORY. “Our drama series delves into infamous cases like Roswell and Area 51 and offers a retrospective look at the rich history behind UFO phenomena. Through this season’s entertaining and compelling storytelling, viewers will become immersed in these strange occurrences that are inspired by real events.”
“Project Blue Book” is inspired by the personal experiences of Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen), a brilliant college professor recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead this clandestine operation (Project Blue Book) that researched thousands of cases, over 700 of which remain unsolved to this day. The ten-episode sophomore season will find Dr. Hynek and Captain Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey) on a dangerous quest for the truth and delve deeper into themes of global conspiracy, touch on how UFOs have impacted the evolution of our nation’s military practices and technology and lean into the nostalgia of the 1950s. It will also kick-off with a deep dive into two of the most well-known UFO cases in US history: Roswell, New Mexico where a rancher claimed to have found mysterious wreckage on his property thought to be a UFO and Area 51, a government run location in Nevada historically rumored to be a magnet for paranormal events and UFO-related activity.
Other episodes this season take Hynek and Quinn further into the secrets and conspiracies of the 1950s, with stories about the haunting Skinwalker Ranch (a 512-acre property reputed to be the site of numerous paranormal and UFO-inspired events), the mysterious Kelly-Hopkinsville encounter (where a rural Kentucky family claimed to have been visited by aliens), the CIA’s infamous mind control experiments, and an episode which follows Hynek in his role as expert consultant to the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
HISTORY’s “Project Blue Book” is the #1 new drama series on cable and averaged more than 3.2 million Total Viewers in Live+7 delivery during season one. In addition to Gillen (“Game of Thrones,” “Peaky Blinders”) and Malarkey (“The Vampire Diaries”), returning cast for season two include Neal McDonough (“Yellowstone,” “Altered Carbon”) as General James Harding, Michael Harney (“Orange Is The New Black,” Soy Nero) as General Hugh Valentine, Laura Mennell (Watchmen, “The Man in the High Castle”) as Mimi Hynek and Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, “Lost Girl”) as Susie Miller.
“Project Blue Book” is an A+E Studios production in association with Compari Entertainment, a division of ImageMovers. Robert Zemeckis (Contact, Back to the Future, Forrest Gump), Jack Rapke (Cast Away, Flight) and Jackie Levine (Allied, The Walk) are executive producers for Compari Entertainment. David O’Leary serves as creator, executive producer and writer, with Sean Jablonski (“Suits,” “Nip/Tuck”) serving as showrunner, executive producer and writer. Barry Jossen is also an Executive Producer. Adam Fratto serves as the Creative Executive for HISTORY.
A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Project Blue Book.”
About A+E Studios
Launched in 2013, A+E Studios is the award-winning studio unit of the global media company A+E Networks, LLC. A+E Studios is an industry leader in the creation, production and distribution of high-quality scripted entertainment content across cable, network and streaming platforms. A+E Studios serves as the primary scripted programming provider for the A+E Networks portfolio. A+E Studios’ slate of programming consists of scripted series, event series and movies. A+E Studios-produced titles include the Peabody Award-winning “UnREAL,” “Project Blue Book” – the #1 cable series of the 2018-2019 season – and “Knightfall” for HISTORY(R), the Emmy-nominated event miniseries “ROOTS,” as well as “YOU” from Berlanti Productions and Alloy Entertainment with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Upcoming series slated for release next from A+E Studios include the drama series “Reprisal” from Warren Littlefield for Hulu, the animated drama series “The Liberator” for Netflix, the legal drama series “The Lincoln Lawyer” from creator David E. Kelley and based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels for the CBS Network, and the comedy “Best Intentions” from American Pie creator Adam Herz, in association with Propagate Content, for POP.