'Project Blue Book' renewed for 10-episode Season 2 and could address the operation's disputed last day of activity
The show has been dealing with Hynek's plight in finding a logical explanation for UFOs, and Season 2 might see the quest reaching a whole new level
History Channel's hit UFO drama series 'Project Blue Book', from A+E Studios and Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning executive producer Robert Zemeckis, landed a 10-episode sophomore season. 'Project Blue Book' is the number one new series on cable among total viewers this TV season, averaging 3.4 million viewers in live premiere viewing plus viewing for the next three days.
“We are believers in ‘Project Blue Book’ and so is our audience who has sparked a conversation about the hundreds of unsolved cases and our nation’s military response to UFOs that have remained relatively secret until now,” said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for the History Channel. “Zemeckis, A+E Studios and our extraordinary creative team have shaped a compelling narrative that is the perfect blend of historical authenticity and entertainment that inspires curiosity in our viewers to learn more. We’ve touched on a very relevant topic and look forward to a second season.”
'Project Blue Book' is based on the true, top-secret investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force in the 1950s and 60s and stars Aidan Gillen as Dr. J Allen Hynek and Michael Malarkey as Captain Michael Quinn. New episodes of 'Project Blue Book' air Tuesdays at 10 PM ET/PT on History Channel.
The show is inspired by the personal experiences of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, 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.
Each episode has drawn from the actual case files blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in United States history. Throughout the season, true to life, documented occurrences were explored such as the Flatwoods Monster incident that took place in West Virginia, the Gorman Dogfight of Fargo, North Dakota, the Lubbock Lights of Lubbock, Texas, and the Chiles-Whitted UFO Incident of Montgomery, Alabama, among others. Delving into themes such as trust, instinct, real news vs. fake news and government cover-ups, 'Project Blue Book' straddles the world of science and the exploration of the unknown.
The drama series also stars Neal McDonough as General James Harding, a confident and perceptive general responsible for heading the Air Force’s new division – Project Blue Book; Michael Harney as General Hugh Valentine, a USAF General both overseeing and keeping a close eye on General Harding’s new division, Laura Mennell as Mimi Hynek, Dr. J. Allen Hynek’s wife, and Ksenia Solo as Susie Miller, a stylish woman whose stealthy charm goes deeper than what meets the eye.
The show has joined the channel's original scripted roster, which includes the hit series 'Vikings', and the Knights Templar drama series 'Knightfall,' which will premiere its second season this spring with Mark Hamill joining the cast.
The U.S. may be on the brink of nuclear disaster, but that's the least of Hynek and Quinn's worries. Explore the deeper conspiracy on #ProjectBlueBook, Tuesday at 10/9c on @History. pic.twitter.com/0SiusR1xPp— PROJECT BLUE BOOK (@HistoryBlueBook) February 6, 2019
It is yet not known what the second season will deal with but as far as the series' tendency to fall back on the original files goes, there is a chance we might get to see the story about Project Blue Book's gradual closure with the last publicly-acknowledged day of the operation being December 17, 1969.
There was yet another controversy here, brought to light by researcher Brad Sparks, who reported the last day of Blue Book activity was actually January 30, 1970. We can hope the second season will address this incident as the Air Force tried to keep the project from extending into a fourth decade, which Sparks claimed led them to alter the dates in the official documents.