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Friday, September 15, 2006

High definition Star Trek on Chicago TV...

Back in about 1993 when I first started watching Star Trek I was originally hooked on The Next Generation and I figured there had to have been a first generation. Well on WPWR channel 50 I found the first generation. At some point the original series aired on Saturday afternoons but eventually it settled in after a rerun of a first run Next Generation episode at 11:30PM.

Well after being seen only on the Sci-Fi channel since the late 1990s, Star Trek is coming back to local TV. This time on ME-TV which airs on channel 23 WWME-TV. ME-TV is already home to such shows as Perry Mason, Hawaii Five-0, Starsky & Hutch, Batman, The A-Team, The Wild-Wild West, The Blacksheep Squadron, and Mission:Impossible to name a few. Here's a little something from the Sun-Times article...

September 8 marked the 40th anniversary of the original "Star Trek" series (you know, the real "Star Trek").

This weekend, WWME -Channel 23 (check your cable/satellite provider for their listings), will begin airing digitally remastered and enhanced episodes of the classic series starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. It will be the first time in 16 years that the series has aired on broadcast television.
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"Star Trek" will air on Saturday nights at 6 .pm. and on Sunday nights at 11 p.m. on ME-TV.
Oh yeah I forgot to mention that this is the digitally remastered version that you might have been hearing about if you've been following the Star Trek scene. Especially if you're looking at the Star Trek website. This is just in time for the 40 anniversary.

This article also contains a brief interview with Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy...

Q. Did you ever imagine the series would still be popular 40 years after its premiere?

A. Not at all. It doesn't seem like 40 years because some of the memories of that time are so brilliantly fresh and clear in my mind. It's amazing because people think it was on for years and years and we were only on for three seasons.

Q. What did you think of the "Star Trek" feature films?

A. All through the '70s there was talk from the studio about putting the series back on the air. And then "Star Wars" opened in theaters. I just knew I'd be getting a call from Paramount Studios very soon. [Laughing] And I did. George Lucas was a genius. He put science fiction on the map in a form that was pure mass entertainment. It made it possible for us ["Star Trek"] to come back in a new form.
Too bad I won't be able to enjoy this with you guys in Chicago, but I hope you guys have fun. Perhaps you should share this with those you love. :)

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