NEW YORK, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Space, the final frontier. TNN will
explore strange new worlds, seek out new audiences and boldly go where no
other network has gone before to become the official home of the STAR TREK
franchise, with the rights to three STAR TREK series and five movies for the
next ten years. TNN will premiere the first of its series, STAR TREK: THE
NEXT GENERATION, with a weeklong marathon titled NEXT GEN ON TNN: A 5-DAY
MISSION, Monday, Oct. 1 through Friday, Oct. 5. TNN will devote its entire
programming schedule that week to STAR TREK programming, even Monday evening's
WWF RAW IS WAR telecast will include STAR TREK bits.
NEXT GEN ON TNN: A 5-DAY MISSION will include the most popular episodes of
the first STAR TREK spin-off series, three of the STAR TREK movies and an
original documentary. Michael Dorn (Lt. Commander Worf), Jonathan Frakes
(Comdr. William T. Riker), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi) and Wil
Wheaton (Ensign Wesley Crusher), stars of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, will
add to the celebration by hosting the marathon, offering viewers personal
tidbits and memories of the series.
"TNN is building itself as the home of STAR TREK," says Diane Robina,
Executive Vice President and General Manager, TNN. "For the past 35 years,
STAR TREK has endured as a pop culture phenomena with its great characters,
dramatic story lines and incredible casts. For these reasons, STAR TREK has
built a loyal fan base -- a fan base that will come to watch TNN and
appreciate the home that the network is creating for the franchise."
The weeklong marathon blasts-off on Monday, Oct. 1 (9:00 AM - 7:00 PM,
ET/PT) with three STAR TREK movies. They are STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KAHN
(1982), STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1984) and STAR TREK V: THE FINAL
The marathon continues that evening with the premiere of a TNN original
documentary special, AMERICA LOVES ... STAR TREK (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT).
Marking the 35th anniversary of television's most enduring programs, the
special explores STAR TREK status as a pop culture phenomenon and the impact
the series has on society. The special includes interviews with former cast
and production team members, space experts and devout fans. AMERICA LOVES ...
STAR TREK is produced exclusively for TNN by Kralyevich Productions, Inc.
(KPI), whose credits include A&E's "Biography" and Bravo's "Profiles."
In total, NEXT GEN ON TNN: A 5-DAY MISSION will feature 77 episodes of the
most popular episodes of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, as chosen by fans via
an informal search of the Internet. Monday will open with the best episodes
of the series from season one, including the two-part series debut,
"Encounter at Farpoint." Monday's episodes will telecast at
8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT and from 11:00 PM - 3:00 AM ET/PT. Tuesday through Friday,
the marathon will telecast from 9:00 AM - 3:00 AM, ET/PT. Tuesday will
feature the most popular episodes from seasons two and three; Wednesday,
seasons four and five; Thursday, season six and Friday episodes from the
seventh and final season of the series, including the series finale, "All Good
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION is set in the 24th century, with the fifth
Federation Starship U.S.S. Enterprise on a mission of deep-space exploration
and diplomacy. At the helm of the ship is Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick
Stewart) and his crew including Commander Riker, Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge
(LeVar Burton) and Starfleet Counselor Deanna Troi. Also on board are
Lt. Commander Worf, Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) and her son Ensign
Wesley Crusher. STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION first premiered in syndication
in September 1987 and over the course of seven seasons, won 16 Emmy Awards.
Following the NEXT GEN ON TNN: A 5-DAY MISSION weeklong marathon, STAR
TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION will move to its regularly scheduled timeslot,
Monday-Friday at 8:00 PM, ET/PT and 11:00 PM, ET/PT, starting Monday, Oct. 8.
In addition to STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, TNN will telecast STAR
TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE beginning in the fall 2004 and STAR TREK: VOYAGER in
TNN: THE NATIONAL NETWORK has been setting ratings records each month
since MTV Networks acquired it in September 2000 and turned it into America's
first pop network. Distributed in more than 81 million U.S. homes, TNN has
grown into a top-ten network among viewing households and Adults 18-49. TNN
connects its viewers with the tops in pop culture, including WWF RAW IS WAR,
cable's top-rated series, and top-flight Hollywood movies. Later this year,
the network is set to become the new home of STAR TREK, the most popular
franchise in television history, and BAYWATCH, the most popular TV series in
the world. "Pop" movies include THE GODFATHER and more. The first original
programs from the network's slate of original series featuring "real people,
real stories" debuts in August. TNN is also developing a special connection
with its viewers through its toll-free number, 1-888-POP-1090, which receives
more than 100,000 calls each month. TNN viewers share their views on
television, what's on movie screens, what's going on in their hometowns,
what's on their minds -- and their voices and faces serve as the network's
on-air voice, creating a unique community among TNN viewers.
MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns
and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC
TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, NICKELODEON/NICK at NITE, TV LAND, TNN: THE NATIONAL
NETWORK, CMT: COUNTRY MUSIC TELEVISION and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV
NETWORKS, a package of nine digital services, all of which are trademarks of
MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and
syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen
worldwide. In addition, MTV Networks operates the MTVi Group and Nickelodeon
Online, a portfolio of leading Internet properties built to address every
interest of today's music fan and Internet-savvy kid.
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