To the day, it’s 45 years since “Star Trek” first premiered on NBC. And Science celebrated not by hosting a “Star Trek” marathon, but instead by finally announcing a broadcast date for the long-awaited Roddenberry family documentary “Trek Nation.”
The documentary, narrated and produced by Eugene W. Roddenberry Jr., the son of the late Gene Roddenberry, is set to debut on Nov. 30. The eight-year mission took Roddenberry all over the world, talking to the fans, and the people who had amazing insight into the life of the “Star Trek” creator.
Among those who talk to Rod about his father and the phenomenon he created are George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, and more.
Roddenberry first started working on the documentary in 2003, geared heavily as an answer to the unpopular documentary “Trekkies” from Roger Nygard. The film went through a number of iterations until Roddenberry and his production team finally settled on a version that found its distributor in Science, which is owned by Discovery Communications Inc.
The documentary is expected to contain footage from the eight years of shooting, including interviews with a plethora of who’s who in science-fiction, as well as Star Trek’s famous fan base.
What “Trek Nation” won’t include, however, is Rod’s late mother, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who played Nurse Chapel in the original “Star Trek” as well as Lwaxana Troi in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Mrs. Roddenberry was filmed for the documentary, but her son decided to keep that footage for any future project, telling Airlock Alpha in July that she deserves her own documentary.
Mrs. Roddenberry died in 2009.
Science has not set a time for the documentary to air, but the premiere will take place right after November Sweeps end. Sweeps is a time of year that demographics are examined more closely to help networks and cable channels set advertising rates. Typically, networks and cable channels save big ratings winners for those times.
See a sneak peek from the documentary right here.