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G4 Will Give 'Next Gen' the 2.0 Treatment

By Michelle
December 6, 2006 - 10:18 PM

G4 has announced plans for Star Trek: The Next Generation 2.0, a repackaging of the popular series much like its interactive Star Trek 2.0.

In a press release, the network cited the "extraordinary success" of G4's broadcasts of the original Star Trek, which "has generated 21.3 million lines of chat and 5 million transactions in the virtual stock exchange known as the Spock Market since its premiere in April 2006." Star Trek 2.0 is the network's highest-rated show among young male viewers, who are the network's core audience.

"The young male demo is driving today's media revolution," said G4 president Neal Tiles. "Our goal is to offer them TV that guys can get their hands on - literally."

Because of the success of the original series in this format, G4 plans a similar relaunch of The Next Generation, in which the original seven seasons' worth of episodes will be broadcast with streaming trivia, behind-the-scenes data and interactive features such as live chat and the virtual stock market. Star Trek: The Next Generation 2.0 will make its first appearance on Monday, January 15th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time and will continue to air on weeknights in that time slot.

Among the statistics that will be calculated for the series are the "Picard Maneuver" -- in which crewmembers tug their uniforms to straighten them -- and "Data Saves the Day." A few original series stocks will carry over to The Next Generation's Spock Market, including communicators and transporters, but many new ones will be introduced, including most of the major characters and the Borg Collective.

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