TNN To Start Trek Reruns In OctoberBy Lisa
July 12, 2001 - 10:07 PM
Last year TNN won the rights to the three most recent Star Trek series and five of the Trek movies. Starting in October, the network will begin a campaign to launch itself as the home of Star Trek on television.
Starting October 1st, the channel will embark on 'TNN's Big Bang.' This special event will begin with a new documentary entitled 'America's Love Affair With... Star Trek,' which will celebrate the franchise's 35th anniversary. On regular weeks, TNN will be showing the Next Generation Mondays to Fridays at 8:00pm, and Mondays to Thursdays at 11:00pm.
Over the next five days, 77 of the most popular episodes from the Next Generation will be shown on the channel. The episodes were chosen by the network, from what it describes as 'an informal search' of the internet. Monday will showcase episodes from the first season of TNG, including the series premier 'Encounter at Farpoint.' Tuesday will feature the most popular episodes from seasons two and three, Wednesday will show season four and five episodes, and season six will be shown on Thursday. The week will culminate on favourite episodes from the final season, series 7, on Friday.
"TNN is building itself as the Home of Star Trek," said Diane Robina, TNN Executive Vice President and General Manager. "Star Trek is the most popular franchise in television because of its great characters, wonderful stories of the triumph of the human spirit and a fantastic cast. These are the reasons Star Trek has such a strong fan base -- a fan base that will appreciate the Home that TNN is creating for these precedent-setting series."
During the special week, the only none-Trek programme on TNN will be WWF War is Raw, which will also apparently include some trek bits. Leading up to the special event, TNN plans to show three Star Trek movies. 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,' 'Star Trek III: The Search for Spok' and 'Star Trek V: The Final Fronteir' will all be aired.
TNN has also acquired the rights to air the two other recent Trek series, but will only be able to once the current syndication contracts of these series expire. Deep Space Nine will begin airing on the channel in Fall 2004, while Voyager will be shown in 2006.
You can find more details of the special Star Trek events in the original TNN press release.