EXCLUSIVE: Syfy UK has closed a deal with CBS Studios International to acquire the UK broadcast rights to Star Trek: The Next Generation. I hear that the iconic series, which has been airing re-runs on CBS Action, will premiere on Syfy UK in November for the first time in HD. Additionally, I’m told that Syfy UK has also secured the rights to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager and will become, in conjunction with CBS Action, the exclusive UK broadcaster of the series’ once BSkyB’s rights come to an end later this year.
Created by Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek: The Next Generation followed the crew of the Enterprise-D as they continued their mission to explore the galaxy. The science-fiction starred Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner. Star Trek: The Next Generation originally aired in first-run syndication in the US, running for seven seasons from 1987 – 1994. The series became the lynchpin of a succesful Star Trek television franchise, which would lead to creation of three additional live action TV series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. Since going off the air in 1994, Star Trek: The Next Generation has spawned four feature films and has been airing syndicated re-runs in the US and around the world ever since.