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Contents Acknowledgments ix Abbreviations xi Foreword by Sir Patrick Stewart xiii introduction: “it’s a television show” 1 1. star trek and american television history 17 2. art, commerce, and creative autonomy 55 3. the craft-workshop mode of production 86 4. actors: the public face of star trek 106 5. world building 126 6. character building 149 conclusion: “it’s not a television show” 185 Appendix: List of Interviewees Quoted 193 Notes 195 References 221 Index 231 This page intentionally left blank

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Star Trek and American Television This page intentionally left blank Star Trek and American Television roberta pearson and máire messenger davies With a foreword by Sir Patrick Stewart University of California Press berkeley los angeles london University of California Press, one of the most distinguished university presses in the United States, enriches lives around the world by advancing scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Its activities are supported by the UC Press Foundation and by philanthropic contributions from

Kerry McCluggage, chairman, Paramount Pictures Television Group James (Jim) Mees, set director/dresser Ronald D. (Ron) Moore, writer and co–executive producer, DS9 Wendy Neuss, producer, postproduction sound specialist, TNG, DS9, and Voyager Michael Okuda, art supervisor and technical consultant Michael Piller, executive producer and writer, TNG, DS9, and Voyager William Shatner, leading actor, TOS Marina Sirtis, actor, TNG, Voyager Sir Patrick Stewart, leading actor, TNG Michael Westmore, supervising designer, makeup Herman Zimmerman, chief production designer

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ix Acknowledgments This book has been a labor of love over many years, starting with our youthful interest in Star Trek, the television show, and continuing through our adult university careers, teaching about and researching American tele- vision. Many people have influenced the book’s development over the time it has taken to produce it. But the book would never have come to fruition in its present form without the help and encouragement of one person in particular: Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation

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, comradeship, fury, frustration, exhaustion, and love. I celebrate that all of my colleagues, Marina, Gates, Michael, Brent, Jonathan, LeVar, Wil, Denise, Whoopi, and John, are well and still closely linked to my life. As is Rick Berman. I mourn the passing of Trek colleagues Corey Allen, Winrich “Rick” Kolbe, Michael Piller, Robert “Bob” Justman, and Jim Mees, and I remember them all with gratitude and deep affection. This book acknowledges their talents and the creativity and commitment of the Star Trek production team, and I wish it well. Sir Patrick Stewart