The HISTORY(R) Channel is celebrating the 55th anniversary of the iconic and popular “Star Trek” franchise with the Brian Volk-Weiss directed ten-part docuseries from The Nacelle Company “The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek.” Narrated and executive produced by Gates McFadden (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “InvestiGates: Who Do You Think You Are?”), the docuseries shares rare, fascinating details of how “Star Trek” began, where it’s been, and how it’s boldly going where no television series has gone before! The first four episodes will premiere on the HISTORY(R) Channel each week beginning on Friday, November 5 at 10pm ET/PT with six additional episodes also available on “HISTORY Vault(R),” the network’s subscription video service.
Each episode focuses on a different chapter in the sci-fi drama’s groundbreaking history chronicling its inception at Lucille Ball’s legendary production company Desilu to more recent film, television adaptations and projects like The Animated Series and Phase II. The definitive in-depth journey honors the creative pioneers in sci-fi excellency and shares the impactful, sometimes risky, decisions behind pivotal moments in television history and how they ultimately made it to the small screen.
In the Fall of 1964, the pilot for what would become “Star Trek” was commissioned. From the start, “The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek” unveils lesser-known stories about the franchise from the importance of addressing timely topics, the creation of the character Spock, the unrelenting fans that kept the show on air and the reruns that gave it new life. These behind-the scenes stories among thousands of hours of show footage will be coupled with interviews from the cast, crew and experts who worked on set. The show includes candid interviews with Star Trek legends such as 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, Penny Johnson, 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.
“The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek” is produced for The HISTORY(R) Channel by the Nacelle Company. Brian Volk-Weiss (Behind The Attraction, The Movies That Made Us, The Toys That Made Us) serves as director. Ian Roumain serves as showrunner and executive producer, with Gates McFadden, Cisco Henson, Ben Frost and Mark Altman serving as executive producers for the Nacelle Company.
About The Nacelle Company
The Nacelle Company, founded by Brian Volk-Weiss, is an American diversified media company headquartered in Burbank, California. Established in 2017, they are a leader in the pop-culture space through its scripted and unscripted production, podcasting, publishing, records, distribution, development, marketing, and management divisions. Nacelle has produced hits such as Netflix’s Emmy award-winning docuseries, Down To Earth with Zac Efron, The Movies That Made Us, The Toys That Made Us, Kevin Hart’s Guide To Black History, as well as Behind The Attraction on Disney+, Sony’s Mad About You, CW’s Discontinued, All The Way Black for BET+ History’s Grant, and History’s Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek. Nacelle’s vast array of partnerships include Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, HBO, Discovery, BET+, A&E Networks, Hulu, Viacom, History, and many more. The company, as a whole, is dedicated to showcasing groundbreaking stories and pop-culture history through its signature documentary filmmaking style, unique distribution system and a consistent desire to never stop exploring.
About The HISTORY(R) Channel
The HISTORY(R) Channel, a division of A+E Networks, is the premier destination for historical storytelling. From best-in-class documentary events, to a signature slate of industry leading nonfiction series and premium fact-based scripted programming, the HISTORY(R) channel serves as the most trustworthy source of informational entertainment in media. The HISTORY(R) channel has been named the #1 U.S. TV network in buzz for seven consecutive years by YouGov BrandIndex, and a top favorite TV network by Beta Research Corporation. For a deeper dive, visit history.com or follow @history on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. For additional press materials visit the A+E Networks Press Center at http://press.aenetworks.com.
About “HISTORY Vault(R)”
HISTORY Vault(R) is a subscription video service (SVOD) offering the breadth and depth of The HISTORY(R) Channel’s extensive library content, complete with popular series, specials and documentaries that explore some of the greatest people, events and moments in history that shaped our world. HISTORY Vault(R) is available on major viewing platforms, including Comcast Xfinity, Cox Communications, and DirecTV; at historyvault.com; Amazon Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, and The Roku Channel; or by downloading the app on Apple devices (including iPhone, iPad & Apple TV), Android devices, Amazon Fire TV devices, or Roku. You can also broadcast content to your TV using the Chrome web browser or the latest versions of our Android and iOS apps via Chromecast. For more information on how to watch HISTORY Vault(R), visit https://watch.historyvault.com/.