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Inside Star Trek: The Real Story Hardcover – June 1 1996

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Product details

  • Hardcover : 458 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0671896288
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0671896287
  • Item Weight : 1 g
  • Product Dimensions : 20.32 x 4.45 x 25.4 cm
  • Publisher : Pocket Books (June 1 1996)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 74 ratings

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From Publishers Weekly

As told by Solow, Star Trek's co-producer, and Justman, the executive in charge of production, this is arguably the definitive history of the TV show. After Solow was hired by Desilu Studios to find properties to sell to the networks, he met an ex-cop named Gene Roddenberry who had an idea for a science fiction series called Star Trek. Roddenberry was signed to a development deal. We see the series's genesis as it went through two pilots; how the actors were selected; its problems going over budget; and its launch on NBC in 1966. Although its ratings were low, Star Trek was renewed and would last through the 1968-69 season. With plenty of behind-the-scenes material that will be of interest to Trek fans, this book puts a good deal of emphasis on the show's business side, elucidating production difficulties, cost overruns and the seemingly constant debate with NBC over the show's future. A look at a historical TV series that Trekkies are sure to enjoy. Photos not seen by PW. Simultaneous S&S audio release.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA. A readable, fascinating look behind the scenes of Star Trek. The authors take readers from Gene Roddenberry's initial series idea in April 1964 through its demise in 1969. Solow, Roddenberry, and Justman boldly went where no one had gone before in the television galaxy. Well, as boldly as possible, besieged as they were by battles with NBC executives, squabbles within Desilu Studios, conflicts with the censors, budget constraints, production problems, personality conflicts, etc. This is "the real story," showing how a television show was conceived, developed, written, shot, edited, and finally aired. By taking off the rose-colored glasses, the authors give readers a glimpse into the human (though sometimes unflattering) side of the Star Trek personalities. A great choice for librarians that have a large "Star Trek" readership and also for those with a need for drama- or television-related materials.?John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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