TNN: The National Network has announced a new documentary called AMERICA LOVES...STAR TREK which will pave the way for a week long STAR TREK: NEXT GENERATION marathon on the cabler.
AMERICA LOVES...STAR TREK will look at the characters, dramatic storylines and casts over the years that helped to make it television's most enduring series. The special also traces both the influence and impact the series has had on society, how storylines have helped to explain the political climate, inspired scientists to create new technology and the lessons it has taught us about tolerance and diversity.
AMERICA LOVES...STAR TREK mixes clips from the original and spin-off series along with exclusive interviews with former cast and production team members, space experts and devout fans. Those interviewed include Majel Barrett Roddenberry, widow of creator Gene Roddenberry and original series cast member; William Shatner, Captain James T. Kirk on STAR TREK; Rick Berman, executive producer and former writer for STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION; Kate Mulgrew, Captain Katheryn Janeway on STAR TREK: VOYAGER; Michael Dorn, Lt. Commander Worf on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION; Marina Sirtis, Counselor Deana Troi on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION; Dr. Mae Jameson, the first African-American woman astronaut in space and Rick Searfoss, NASA shuttle pilot.
The 5 day marathon, NEXT GEN ON TNN: A 5-DAY MISSION, will feature three of the STAR TREK movies and 77 of the most popular episodes of the first spin-off series, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. The marathon will telecast daily during that week of October 1-5, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 AM, ET/PT.