William Shatner
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William Shatner is investigating the unknown again, but he won’t have to travel nearly as far as he did aboard the starship Enterprise.  Shatner is beaming aboard the new History Channel series ‘The UnXplained’ on which he will examine extraterrestrial and paranormal mysteries.  The show will air on Friday nights, after established hit series ‘Ancient Aliens’.

In all his years playing a space traveler, Shatner admits he has never had a close encounter himself, and those that report that they have are generally mocked or marginalized.  But there are certain events that seemingly can’t be explained, whether it’s UFO sightings or something more Earthbound.

From the producers of Ancient Aliens and The Curse of Oak Island comes The UnXplained, a one-hour, non-fiction series that explores the world’s most fascinating, strange and inexplicable mysteries. Hosted and executive produced by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor William Shatner (Star Trek, Boston Legal) each episode will feature compelling contributions from scientists, historians, witnesses, and experiencers—each seeking to shed light on how the seemingly impossible actually can happen. From mysterious structures (like Florida’s Coral Castle) and so-called “evil” places (like the cursed “White City” of Honduras) to strange creatures and bizarre rituals, The UnXplained will explore subjects that have mystified mankind for centuries.

On ‘The UnXplained’, Shatner will be presenting these stories, including possible rationalizations, but don’t expect any hard answers.


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Shatner spoke to Deadline about his new series:

“‘The UnXplained’ is what it is, and it’s all about the mysteries that surround us that remain inexplicable. Evil places on earth that seem to collect bad deeds. Or people who’ve had seriously rare things happen to them, like the woman who’s been struck by lightning more than twice or the car accident victim who comes out of the coma and plays the piano. He never played the piano before, now he’s playing.


“There are all kinds of mysterious events that have happened, some are well-known and some are relatively unknown. And we’ve developed the research and that’s the show. It’s an attempt to show you a mysterious event, all of the context of it, and then and offer a possible explanation in some cases but certainly no real proven scientific explanation.”

And while some folks may be easy to write off as crackpots, Shatner stresses that more credible sources have also reported bizarre… “incidents.”

“I love talking to those people who have had – and are absolutely certain about it – an incident. I love talking to them and I love exploring what it is they experienced. But then, in talking about aliens, there are also instances of accredited people – airline pilots and military pilots – not just somebody in the Florida woods that got picked up by a spaceship and examined by a spaceship a spaceship picks up and examined. There’s one event I’m thinking of, too, where military pilots scrambled for an unknown object in the sky and they saw it and they armed their guns and they were chasing it and then it just left them standing there. It went so fast at such a sharp angle that they couldn’t keep up. They reported all that and it’s that kind of thing that makes you scratch your head.”

‘The UnXplained’ will mysteriously appear on the History Channel on July 19, 2019, at 10 pm EST.