Syndicator CBS Paramount Domestic Television is releasing digitally remastered episodes of the original “Star Trek” series, with all new special effects and music, to celebrate the billion-dollar sci-fi franchise’s 40th anniversary.
This marks the first time in 16 years that the original “Star Trek” series can be seen in broadcast syndication. The episodes will begin airing on the more than 200 stations that own the rights to the weekend syndication window starting Sept. 16. All 79 episodes of the original “Star Trek” will eventually be remastered, with the first batch of episodes chosen from a list of fan favorites. The episodes are also being converted from film into high-definition video format.
John Nogawski, president of CBS Paramount Domestic Television, made the announcement Thursday.
“By giving the series a digital upgrade using the best technology available today, it will continue to be a leader in cutting-edge television programming as we introduce the series to a new generation of viewers,” Mr. Nogawski said in a release.
The biggest change is CGI updating for some of the episodes’ special effects shots, including:
In addition, the original score has been rerecorded in digital stereo audio with an orchestra and a female singer. A digitally remastered version of William Shatner’s original recording of the 38-word “Space, the final frontier…” monologue continues to open each episode.