The Nacelle Company has revealed the trailer for the upcoming eight-part Star Trek docuseries, The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek. The series will be directed by Brian Volk-Weiss, creator of The Toys That Made Us and The Movies That Made Us, and it will air on the History Channel.
The show will feature the crucial moments from Star Trek, starting with its production and Lucille Ball‘s involvement with the series through her studio Desilu.
The series will be coming out this fall just in time for Star Trek‘s 55th anniversary, “each episode focuses on a different chapter in the groundbreaking program’s history, ranging from its inception at Lucille Ball’s legendary production company Desilu, to its later iterations Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Interviews with cast, crew, and experts reveal never-before-seen backstage stories and offer fresh insights. No stone is left unturned, including lesser-known aspects of the franchise like The Animated Series and Phase II. Star Trek is the most iconic television science-fiction saga of all time and remains more popular than ever. The Center Seat details how it began, where it’s been, and how it’s boldly going where no television series has ever gone before!”
Volk-Weiss, who also directed the 2016 doc 50 Years of Star Trek for History, said in a statement, “Star Trek, from before I was 10 years old, gave me the closest thing I have to a code to follow in my life. If it wasn’t for the words ‘I don’t believe in the no-win scenario,’ I’d be very alone, broke, and miserable in this world. So to say this is a passion project would be a tremendous understatement.”
The series includes interviews with Nichelle Nichols, Brent Spiner, Kirstie Alley, Walter Koenig, Kate Mulgrew, Denise Crosby, Wil Wheaton, John De Lancie, Nicholas Meyer, Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga, Nana Visitor, Robert Picardo, Ethan Phillips, Diana Muldaur, Nicole de Boer, Roxann Dawson, Robert Beltran, Tim Russ, John Billingsley, John Dykstra, D.C. Fontana, Rick Berman, and F. Murray Abraham.
The series is coming out in the Fall.