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2000-03-21 00:00:00 - Re: Voyager to end next year..."surprising and smashing finale"-UPN - (Michele <belanna@uswest.net>)


Paul Barbee wrote: > > I saw this on Yahoo! news, I'll post the article and the address. A new trek > series with Sulu in the works?????(2 articles) > http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/eo/20000321/en/20000321562.html > > Tuesday March 21 06:04 PM EST > Trek Update: "Voyager" Out, Sulu In? > It looks like Star Trek: Voyager is headed for the used-ship lot. > UPN officials have announced that next year is Voyager's final ride, saying > the intrepid crew has logged enough miles on the galactic odometer and has > seen all the adventure 24th century space can churn up. > > But right now, it seems the notoriously militant trekkers are more pumped > about talk of a new Star Trek series based on the 1960s TV classic--and a > grassroots campaign aiming to put steadfast second-fiddle Sulu in the > captain's chair. > > A Paramount rep says a new series is still in the early stages, with Rick > Berman and Brannon Braga serving as creators and executive producers. But > even the whisper of a spinoff from Gene Rodenberry's original creation has > fans calling for Hikaru Sulu (played by George Takei) to take the helm. what fans and where. And why would we. I liked the premise of tng and voyager and it worked. Besides why do we need to see the old characters. Besides when do the studios actually listen to the fans. > > The Web-based Excelsior Campaign (named after the ship Sulu fronted in Star > Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) has started a nationwide petition > movement to pressure Paramount execs. Organizers hope to rally > Sulu-supporting fans in front of the studio's headquarters on April 22. like that will help. > > The idea for a Sulu spinoff is not a completely foreign idea: the Excelsior > made a guest appearance during a recent flashback episode of Voyager. > > For his part, Takei says he'd jump at the opportunity, but he hasn't talked > to anyone other than fans about a possible return. > > "Well, I'm obviously flattered, and it's an amazing phenomenon," he tells E! > Online. "The activism on the part of the fans seems to continue through the > generations. > > "I always leave it up to the fans; They're my bosses." > > Despite their geeky reputations, the rabid fans often steer the Star Trek > machine wherever they want anyway. Grassroots campaigns saved the show from > getting canned in its early days, and the box-office success of the Star > Trek movies made it a big-time franchise. That spawned spinoffs like The > Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, but some fans say the newer > stuff has lost its luster. They totally made ds9 suck in the last 2 years. ( got old quick) but i don't agree about voyager and tng. I thought they were great. Voyager was ok until they devoted a season to borg barbie. Then have her save the ship all the time and totally forgot the other characters. ( in my opinion are more interesting then the overused borg barbie ). > > "A lot of the campaign is based on the fact that many fans want to go back > to a show that's more Rodenberry-esque," says Russ Haslage, head of the > pro-Sulu movement. "And they know this is the way to get ratings up and make > money." Again what campaigns this is the first i have hard of this, and i don't want the original series. Bring back some from tng, ds9 and voyager and have a show. > > After all, somebody's got to save UPN. Aside from the network's WWF > ratings-powerhouse Smackdown, Voyager remains one of its top-rated series, > drawing an average of 5.2 million viewers this season. Led by Kate Mulgrew > as Captain Katherine Janeway, the Voyager series helped launch the UPN > Network in 1995 and still remains one of its few big shows. And voyager is the only thing that kept the network here until now. Oh by the way i read that RDM and picardo watch the WWF on Thursday. > > "This is the best way to bring the life and original concepts of [series > creator] Gene Rodenberry back into Star Trek," says fan Ryan Downing, in a > message posted with the group's petition. > > "Bring on Captain Sulu!" Why what is so great about him. we don't even know him and he was never captain. Oh sure one movie and one voyager episode. Well two movies really. Bring back Picard? > http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000320/re/leisure_startrek.html > LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Science fiction series ``Star Trek: Voyager'' will > face its final season next year on the UPN television network, but talks > have already begun for a new series based on the classic 1960s TV show > ``Star Trek,'' network officials said on Monday. > > ``Voyager'' helped launch the fledgling network in January 1995 and has > remained a cornerstone of its programming ever since. It remains popular, > but UPN and the show's producers figured that after next season, its > seventh, ``Voyager'' will have ventured to all the strange and exotic places > on fringes of space that it can. > > Tom Noonan, who heads UPN's programming division, promised advertisers ``a > surprising conclusion'' and a ``smashing finale'' for the show at a special > meeting on the Paramount Pictures movie studio lot to preview the network's > 2000/2001 season. > > Network chief Dean Valentine said UPN was already talking to the show's > producers about a new ``Star Trek'' series to take its place, but he > remained mum on any details. > > ``Voyager'' is the fourth series in the long-running and wildly profitable > franchise of programs and movies originating with the adventures of James T. > Kirk and the crew of the spaceship Enterprise on the frontiers of space. > > ``Star Trek'' first rocketed onto U.S. airwaves in 1966, but it was panned > by critics and generally unwatched by audiences. After just three years, NBC > yanked the show from its schedule. > > In reruns during the 1970s, the show found a core audience of mainly young > men who came to be called ``trekkies'' and who held conventions to buy and > sell ``Star Trek'' memorabilia. By 1979 Paramount, seeing a huge marketing > opportunity, brought the series back as a special effects-filled movie that > proved to be a blockbuster at box offices. > > The first movie sparked a years-long run of sequels that lasted into the > 1990s, and three more TV shows: ``The Next Generation,'' ``Deep Space Nine'' > and finally ``Voyager,'' which starred Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn > Janeway at the helm of the 24th Century spaceship. The show also spawned an > animated version that ran during the mid-1970s. > > Paramount and UPN are owned by New York-based entertainment giant Viacom > Inc.

2000-03-22 00:00:00 - Voyager to end next year..."surprising and smashing finale"-UPN - (Paul Barbee <pbarbee@bealenet.com>)


I saw this on Yahoo! news, I'll post the article and the address. A new trek series with Sulu in the works?????(2 articles) http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/eo/20000321/en/20000321562.html Tuesday March 21 06:04 PM EST Trek Update: "Voyager" Out, Sulu In? It looks like Star Trek: Voyager is headed for the used-ship lot. UPN officials have announced that next year is Voyager's final ride, saying the intrepid crew has logged enough miles on the galactic odometer and has seen all the adventure 24th century space can churn up. But right now, it seems the notoriously militant trekkers are more pumped about talk of a new Star Trek series based on the 1960s TV classic--and a grassroots campaign aiming to put steadfast second-fiddle Sulu in the captain's chair. A Paramount rep says a new series is still in the early stages, with Rick Berman and Brannon Braga serving as creators and executive producers. But even the whisper of a spinoff from Gene Rodenberry's original creation has fans calling for Hikaru Sulu (played by George Takei) to take the helm. The Web-based Excelsior Campaign (named after the ship Sulu fronted in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) has started a nationwide petition movement to pressure Paramount execs. Organizers hope to rally Sulu-supporting fans in front of the studio's headquarters on April 22. The idea for a Sulu spinoff is not a completely foreign idea: the Excelsior made a guest appearance during a recent flashback episode of Voyager. For his part, Takei says he'd jump at the opportunity, but he hasn't talked to anyone other than fans about a possible return. "Well, I'm obviously flattered, and it's an amazing phenomenon," he tells E! Online. "The activism on the part of the fans seems to continue through the generations. "I always leave it up to the fans; They're my bosses." Despite their geeky reputations, the rabid fans often steer the Star Trek machine wherever they want anyway. Grassroots campaigns saved the show from getting canned in its early days, and the box-office success of the Star Trek movies made it a big-time franchise. That spawned spinoffs like The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, but some fans say the newer stuff has lost its luster. "A lot of the campaign is based on the fact that many fans want to go back to a show that's more Rodenberry-esque," says Russ Haslage, head of the pro-Sulu movement. "And they know this is the way to get ratings up and make money." After all, somebody's got to save UPN. Aside from the network's WWF ratings-powerhouse Smackdown, Voyager remains one of its top-rated series, drawing an average of 5.2 million viewers this season. Led by Kate Mulgrew as Captain Katherine Janeway, the Voyager series helped launch the UPN Network in 1995 and still remains one of its few big shows. "This is the best way to bring the life and original concepts of [series creator] Gene Rodenberry back into Star Trek," says fan Ryan Downing, in a message posted with the group's petition. "Bring on Captain Sulu!" http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000320/re/leisure_startrek.html LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Science fiction series ``Star Trek: Voyager'' will face its final season next year on the UPN television network, but talks have already begun for a new series based on the classic 1960s TV show ``Star Trek,'' network officials said on Monday. ``Voyager'' helped launch the fledgling network in January 1995 and has remained a cornerstone of its programming ever since. It remains popular, but UPN and the show's producers figured that after next season, its seventh, ``Voyager'' will have ventured to all the strange and exotic places on fringes of space that it can. Tom Noonan, who heads UPN's programming division, promised advertisers ``a surprising conclusion'' and a ``smashing finale'' for the show at a special meeting on the Paramount Pictures movie studio lot to preview the network's 2000/2001 season. Network chief Dean Valentine said UPN was already talking to the show's producers about a new ``Star Trek'' series to take its place, but he remained mum on any details. ``Voyager'' is the fourth series in the long-running and wildly profitable franchise of programs and movies originating with the adventures of James T. Kirk and the crew of the spaceship Enterprise on the frontiers of space. ``Star Trek'' first rocketed onto U.S. airwaves in 1966, but it was panned by critics and generally unwatched by audiences. After just three years, NBC yanked the show from its schedule. In reruns during the 1970s, the show found a core audience of mainly young men who came to be called ``trekkies'' and who held conventions to buy and sell ``Star Trek'' memorabilia. By 1979 Paramount, seeing a huge marketing opportunity, brought the series back as a special effects-filled movie that proved to be a blockbuster at box offices. The first movie sparked a years-long run of sequels that lasted into the 1990s, and three more TV shows: ``The Next Generation,'' ``Deep Space Nine'' and finally ``Voyager,'' which starred Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway at the helm of the 24th Century spaceship. The show also spawned an animated version that ran during the mid-1970s. Paramount and UPN are owned by New York-based entertainment giant Viacom Inc.