On Saturday, November 25, Idaho Public Television features two specials for fans of the original Star Trek series and its 1980s relaunch, The Next Generation.
Remembering Leonard Nimoy (7/6 PM MT/PT on the WORLD channel) is an intimate journey into Leonard Nimoy’s personal life, featuring stories from his childhood growing up in Boston, his early career in Hollywood, his big breakout role on the Star Trek series, and highlights from his remarkable career — and then focusing on his remaining years during which he battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The film features interviews with Nimoy’s closest family members, including his children, Julie and Adam; his wife, Susan; his stepson, Aaron; and his six grandchildren, all sharing poignant stories and special memories of the man who personified the role of Spock and of a devoted family man.
Later that night, William Shatner takes viewers behind the scenes of the tumultuous creation of the series relaunch in William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge (11 PM on the IDAHO channel). Star Trek: The Next Generation is a series adored by fans around the world, but the path to becoming a classic was anything but simple. Shatner, who famously played Captain Kirk in the original 1960s version, takes viewers inside the creation of the 1986 relaunch. Doubts about the show’s success were rampant: not only did the new series exclude the characters Kirk, Spock and McCoy, but the original creator, Gene Roddenberry, was not a part of production. Through cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, the film reveals the drama, chaos and controversy that ultimately led to another beloved entry in the Star Trek franchise.