Saturday, September 09, 2006

40th anniversary: Start Trek debuts September 8, 1966


8:30 p.m. Eastern time, September 8, 1966, following Daniel Boone, NBC premiered the episode "the Man trap." The original pilot series, "The Cage" starring as Captain's Pike Jeffrey Hunter who declined to film a second Star Trek pilot to pursue his career in motion pictures.

[Paramount pictures]

As many Trekkies well know that Star Trek almost didn't happen.
" Roddenberry pitches the idea to the networks, using (among other things) a completely fabricated mathematical formula to suggest how many millions of inhabited planets (and, thus, potential storylines) were possible with Star Trek. CBS reportedly turns him down flat as they have a series called Lost in Space. NBC agrees to commission a pilot film, which will be produced by Desilu Studios (owned at the time by Lucille Ball). "[history of Star Trek -- wikipedia]

Other interesting trivia...
Jackson "DeForest" Kelley who played Dr. Leonard McCoy was originally asked to play the role of Mr. Spock.[TV.COM biography DeForest Kelly]

"Book-'em Danno"
Jack Lord of Hawaii 5-0, was one of the actors considered for the role of Captain Kirk which ultimately went to William Shatner. Lord wanted to coproduce and have a percentage of ownership of the series, however, he was ultimately rejected by both Gene Roddenberry and Desilu Studios[Jack Lord -- wikipedia]

Star Trek, the original 79 episodes are currently being digitally remastered.
Star Trek Prequel is rumored to be in the works with Matt Damon portraying a young Captain James T. Kirk.[Trek today]


Blogger Bob said...

I have a program from the '63 Stratford festival. There's a photo of William Shatner portraying an ultra fruity Puck.

I'm just betting that at the moment that photo was taken, he had no idea his life would go so well.

7:51 PM  
Anonymous gullyborg said...

I am so pissed off about this is makes me want to puke. They aren't just "remastering" the show. They are adding new digital special effects and replacing the original soundtrack with modern music.

I hate them and I want them to die. Just like I hate George Lucas for what he has done to the Star Wars movies and my childhood memories.

Curse them all.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

I did not know that they were going to modify the original, however I should not be surprised.

I agree, why can't they just leave things alone? just like BattleStar Galactica, yuck!

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

One of my favorite life quotes came from Mr. Spock. After having to battle another vulcan for his 'wife', Spock gave the right to the woman to the other man and left him with these words of wisdom - "Wanting is often more pleasurable than having." Ooooh! May he live long and prosper.

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