Wednesday, August 22, 2012

CINEMATICOLOGY Snarks the Small Screen: Project U.F.O.

If you had seen an unidentified flying object, or U.F.O., invading planet Earth, then you might be abducted by an extraterrestrial creature from another planet. So NBC debuted their new fact-based science-fiction drama series from the late actor-producer-director Jack Webb's Mark VII Limited called Project U.F.O., which focused on the cases of Sgt.. Harry Fitz (Caskey Swaim) based on Project Blue Book. According to The Retroist Podcast, the show is produced in association with Worldvision Enterprises, which is now CBS Television Distribution, and broadcast on NBC from 1978 to 1979.

Swaim and William Jordan starred as two United States Air Force debunkers who investigated and tracked down extraterrestrial evidence concerning U.F.O.'s and the aliens who invaded Earth during the 1950s and 1960s as a part of Project Blue Book. What the USAF did not explain how the earthlings arrived on that planet, S/Sgt.Fitz interrogated the extraterrestrial happenings by debunking those deep-space beings and unraveling the conspiracy.

According to Webb, Project U.F.O. was one of his most successful series in the ongoing history of Mark VII Ltd. alongside Emergency!, Sierra, ADAM-12, Dragnet and Mobile 1 - all Universal Television/Comcast shows airing on free television during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Project U.F.O. probed life on other planets as it went the way of U.F.O.'s invading Earth. But what if Jordan and Swaim conspired their colleagues in the U.S. Air Force as Project Blue Book had searched for more unidentified flying saucers and other objects in the galaxies that may appear when a human being were to be snatched? And, if those U.F.O.'s were to visit planet Earth, should the Project Blue Book team hunt down those flying vehicles in the USAF hangars?

Jordan was succeeded in the second and final season of Project U.F.O. by a pre-9 to 5 Edward Winter.

As Project U.F.O. went, so went Mark VII Ltd.

During the mid- to late 1970s, Mark VII Ltd. produced Mobile 1 for ABC.

(via CBS Television Distribution)

(via Universal Television)

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