Mr. Pop History – As we all know, the original NBC run was between 1966 and 1969 – then, it was off the air. But something happened in syndication, where all 79 original episodes could be seen. The audience kept building and building. “Trekkies” loved it and began buying merchandise and Star Trek “conventions” began popping up. By 1977, the show was more popular than ever – seen on 160 stations here and 120 stations in other countries. It was about this time that Paramount began taking a second look. A Star Trek movie was being considered and (creator) Gene Roddenberry was taking feelers from the likes of ABC and CBS to continue the series.
Gary West – mrpopculture.com and www.mrpophistory.com
Mr. Pop History – What’s amazing is – this problem dates all the way back to the 1950′s. Broadcasters always, always denied the accusation. Just a few weeks ago – back in September – Congress finally did something about it. So – let’s see if it happens. It is quite annoying. Here’s an article from a radio/TV engineering authority:
“The United States Senate unanimously passed a bill late Wednesday, September 27th, to require television stations and cable companies to keep commercials at the same volume as the programs they interrupt. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, requires the FCC to adopt its recommendations as regulations within a year and begin enforcing them a year later. The House of Representatives had already passed similar legislation. Before it can become law, minor differences between the two versions have to be worked out when Congress returns to Washington after the November 2nd elections.”
From James A – Before ABC’s 20/20, they had tried another news magazine-type show. What was it?
Mr. Pop History – NBC and ABC envied the ratings and financial success of CBS’ 60 Minutes. It took ABC a while. One was something called “Seven Days” – a sort of week-in-review program. The problem – you couldn’t rerun it – and the ratings weren’t that good.
Over at NBC? Some 10 magazine shows came and went before they hit the right formula and timing. More in another Q&A.
ABC says “Lost” will return in January!
The show will open its fifth season with a two-hour premiere starting at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday, Jan. 21. It marks a return to Wednesdays for the show, which aired after “Grey’s Anatomy” on Thursday nights at the end of last season.
“Lost” ended its fourth season by showing how the Oceanic Six got off the island and formed their cover story, with flash-forwards showing all six people decidedly unhappy with their post-rescue lives and realizing they have to go back. Which could be a problem, as the finale also showed Ben (played by Michael Emerson moving the island to points unknown. And then there’s the matter of Locke (Terry O’Quinn) being revealed as the man in the coffin.