Star Trek Honoured At NBC Celebration

By Christian
May 13, 2002 - 10:23 PM

Last week NBC celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a gala event broadcast from New York, and William Shatner (James T. Kirk) recently gave his reaction to the evening.

Star Trek was one of the milestones featured during the extravaganza, and Shatner was on hand to celebrate the look back at the best that NBC aired over its 75 years.

"For me, it was an exercise in nostalgia," wrote Shatner at his web site. "I got to see some of the casts from great television hits of yesteryear - and, alas, I was one of them!"

A clip of the Original Series was shown, and the audience broke out into spontaneous applause. There was more laughter as Martin Short sat on Shatner's lap in the audience, kissed him passionately and sang the Original Series theme song.

The Original Series first aired on NBC in 1966, but was cancelled three seasons later in 1969. The fact that NBC cancelled one of the longest running most successful film and television franchises has gone down as one of the biggest media missed opportunities. At the gala event, William Shatner couldn't resist a little dig at the executives who made the decision. "NBC cancelled Star Trek," Shatner said on stage to the laughter of the audience. "They thought it wouldn't last!"

A 9.9 MB video of the Star Trek highlights at the event has been made available to download at MediaTrek. The segment is in Real Media format. For William Shatner's version of the night's events, follow this link to

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