Mr. Pop History – After the original TV series left the NBC-TV air in 1969, Star Trek began to build a bigger audience with syndicated reruns.
A July TV Guide tells me that Paramount Pictures planned to produce 22 episodes of an all-new Star Trek to begin appearing in April 1978. According to the article, it was part of an effort to create one night a week of prime-time programs on a proposed “fourth network” of independent and network affiliated stations. Gene Roddenberry was signed to put the new show together at a cost of $400,000 per episode.
A fourth network? Interesting. Of course, that didn’t happen until Fox-TV – the late 1980′s.