3.1 MILLION VIEWERS ENCOUNTER THE FIRST SIGHTING OF HISTORY(R)'S NEW UFO DRAMA SERIES "PROJECT BLUE BOOK"
10-Episode Series From A+E Studios and Executive Producer Robert Zemeckis Becomes the #1 New Scripted Cable Series Launch of the 2018/19 TV Season and HISTORY's Most-Watched Scripted Series Premiere in Nearly Six Years
New York, NY - January 9, 2019 - HISTORY's new drama series "Project Blue Book" grossed 3.1 million total viewers over two telecasts of the premiere episode last night. With 2.1 million total viewers, the premiere telecast alone became the network's most-watched scripted series premiere since the March 2013 premiere of the hit series "Vikings," and was the #1 new scripted series on cable of the 2018/19 TV season across all key demos and total viewers. Additionally, the episode grossed 1 million adults 25-54 and 771K adults 18-49 over the course of the night.
From A+E Studios and executive produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe(R) winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Contact), the ten episode drama series 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 ("Game of Thrones") and Michael Malarkey ("The Vampire Diaries"). New episodes of "Project Blue Book" air Tuesdays at 10PM ET/PT on HISTORY.
"Project Blue Book" is inspired by the personal experiences of Dr. J. Allen Hynek (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. 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. Throughout the season, true to life, documented occurrences will be 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 many others. Delving into themes such as trust, instinct, real news vs. fake news and government cover-up, "Project Blue Book" straddles the world of science and the exploration of the unknown.
The drama series also stars Neal McDonough ("Arrow," "Legends of Tomorrow") as General James Harding, a confident and perceptive general responsible for heading the Air Force's new division - Project Blue Book, Michael Harney ("Orange Is The New Black," Soy Nero) as General Hugh Valentine, a sometimes cryptic yet powerful USAF General both overseeing and keeping a close eye on General Harding's new division, Laura Mennell (Watchmen, "The Man in the High Castle") as Mimi Hynek, Dr. J. Allen Hynek's wife and loyal partner in life, and Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, "Lost Girl") as Susie Miller, a stylish, eye-catching woman with a confidence to be envious of and whose stealthy charm goes deeper than what meets the eye.
"Project Blue Book" joins HISTORY's original scripted roster, which includes anchor hit series "Vikings" and the Knights Templar drama series "Knightfall" which will premiere its second season this spring with Mark Hamill (Star Wars, BAFTA-winning voice of The Joker) joining the cast.
"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, co-executive producer and writer, with Sean Jablonski ("Suits," "Nip/Tuck") serving as showrunner, executive producer and writer. Barry Jossen serves as executive producer. Arturo Interian serves as executive producer for HISTORY.
About A+E Studios
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" for HISTORY(R), the Emmy-nominated event miniseries "ROOTS," the action drama "SIX," the hit series "Knightfall" and "YOU" from Greg Berlanti. Upcoming series slated for release next from A+E Studios include the Jenji Kohan-produced series "American Princess" for Lifetime(R) and the animated drama series "The Liberator" for Netflix.
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