Monday, September 8, 2014

This Day in Pop Culture: September 8, 1966

Star Trek the original TV show debuted on NBC September 8, 1966.Star Trek Premieres on NBC
The Star Trek should not be as popular as it is. The original pilot for the series starring Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike was rejected by NBC, but they offered the crew a second chance. The science fiction adventure show created by Gene Roddenberry debuted on this day in 1966 with high ratings but dropped to 52nd out of 94 programs by the end of the season. NBC threatened to cancel the show during the second season, but huge fan letter-writing campaign persuaded the network to carry on. The show was moved to Friday nights and given less of a budget to work with. Upset with the situation, Roddenberry resigned as producer and rating continued to fall. But the show became extremely popular with syndicated reruns, enough to warrant a new film franchise and a bunch of TV spin-offs many years after the original had ended its airing.