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History Orders UFO-Themed Drama ‘Blue Book’

Ten Initial Episodes Have Been ordered

History has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to the original scripted drama “Blue Book” from A+E Studios. Executive produced by Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump,” “Back to the Future”), “Blue Book” chronicles the true top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950’s and 1960’s known as “Project Blue Book.” The series follows Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a brilliant college professor recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead this clandestine operation that researched thousands of cases, many of which were never solved. Each episode will draw from the actual files, blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in United States history.

“Blue Book” marks the fourth original scripted series to join the History slate and the third scripted series from A+E Studios. Drama “SIX,” also from A+E Studios, is the #1 new cable series of 2017 for total viewers. The last season of HISTORY’s longest-running drama series, Vikings, is currently the number three drama series in all of cable in 2017,. And upcoming “Knightfall” is produced by A+E Studios in association with Jeremy Renner’s and Don Handfield’s production company The Combine and Midnight Radio. The ten-episode series will center on the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages.

“Blue Book” is an A+E Studios production in association with Compari Entertainment, a division of ImageMovers. Zemeckis, Jack Rapke (“Cast Away,” “Flight”) and Jackie Levine (“Allied,” “The Walk”) are executive producers for Compari Entertainment. David O’Leary serves as creator and writer.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. So is this a reboot/reimaging of the 1970’s series “Project UFO”, created by Jack Webb? It too was based on the Project Blue Book files