“The series will be released this fall just in time for Star Trek’s 55th anniversary, each episode focuses on a different chapter in the groundbreaking program’s history, ranging from its inception at Lucille Ball’s legendary production company Desilu, to its later iterations Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Interviews with cast, crew, and experts reveal never-before-seen backstage stories and offer fresh insights. No stone is left unturned, including lesser-known aspects of the franchise like The Animated Series and Phase II. Star Trek is the most iconic television science-fiction saga of all time and remains more popular than ever. The Center Seat details how it began, where it’s been, and how it’s boldly going where no television series has ever gone before!
The interview list is rather staggering, with Nichelle Nichols, Brent Spiner, Kirstie Alley, Walter Koenig, Kate Mulgrew, Denise Crosby, Wil Wheaton, John De Lancie, Nicholas Meyer, Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga, Nana Visitor, Robert Picardo, Ethan Phillips, Diana Muldaur, Nicole de Boer, Roxann Dawson, Robert Beltran, Tim Russ, John Billingsley, John Dykstra, D.C. Fontana, Rick Berman, and F. Murray Abraham all sharing their stories.” (synopsis via Gizmodo)
Peering behind the scenes of pretty much any TV show is fascinating.
Thanks to the Nacelle Company, which is responsible for The Movies That Made Us and The Toys That Made Us on Netflix and Behind the Attraction on Disney+ (technically not a TV show but still), we have been given fascinating looks into the way the finished product we love so much comes to be.
Now we have the chance, thanks also to the involvement of the History Channel to see what has gone into the making of various Star Trek shows, and if the trailer is any indication it will be revealing indeed as we hear from many of the actors and production team about their involvement in the franchise.
Narrated by Gates McFadden and directed by Nacelle Company founder Brian Volk-Weiss, The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek promises to be rich viewing indeed for anyone for whom Star Trek has meant the world, or really, worlds.
The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek premieres as a multi-part series this northern autumn.