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[11/02/06 - 09:02 PM]
Resistance Is Futile ... So Tune-In to TV Land and TVlanD.com as the Network Launches Star Trek Throughout November
The celebration includes free streaming episodes on TVLand.com, marking the first time the series has ever been offered free on the web.

[via press release from TV Land]

Resistance is Futile ... So Tune-In to TV Land and TVLand.com as the Network Launches Star Trek Throughout November

TVLand.com Now Airing Full-Length Episodes and Reunites Cast Members for Live Video Chat on November 19 TV Land Programs 'Space Week' in Preparation for Star Trek Beaming Down To TV Land Beginning November 17

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 -- TV Land celebrates the launch of the cult classic series Star Trek as the network and its website prepare for Captain Kirk and The Starship Enterprise to continue to "live long and prosper." The celebration includes the following: free streaming episodes of the series on TVLand.com (first time ever offered free on the Web); an online Star Trek videoclip game with fun factoids about the series; TV Land's "Space Week" featuring special space-themed episodes of the network's shows, episodes of TV Land's programming that feature guest appearances by members of the Star Trek cast and the full-length feature film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; a marathon showing a total of 30 episodes of the series and a live video chat on TVLand.com on November 19 at 9pm ET reuniting cast members George Takei, Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols. Star Trek will air in its regular time slot of 11pm (ET/PT) on TV Land beginning November 20.

TVLand.com kicks-off the festivities as the website is offering free streaming full-length episodes of Star Trek beginning now through November 8. During this time, fans will have access to five of the most popular episodes of the series including: "Where No Man Has Gone Before," "Space Seed," "The City on the Edge of Forever," "Amok Time" and "The Trouble with Tribbles." This is the first time Star Trek episodes are available for free on the Web.

Additionally, TVLand.com is hosting a variety of fun features for fans of the series including:

* "Is It Logical?" -- a Star Trek Videoclip trivia game which lets players test their knowledge on the series with questions, factoids and short videoclips.

* Captain's Blog -- the famous Captain's Log is the official record of the USS Enterprise's adventures but this Captain's Blog lets users take the controls. By grabbing a character's name -- either one of the famous senior crew members or a previously-unknown one -- fans can post "hidden" stories behind the adventures, as well as news about starship life.

* Why Star Trek? -- An appreciation of The First Generation, considering why has it become the most successful TV franchise in history.

* Classic clips -- this section of the site will give users the ability to relive the series through a variety of clips.

* A videoclip of Mira Sorvino presenting Star Trek with the Pop Culture Award at the 2003 TV Land Awards.

* Episode guide with show descriptions and cast information.

* Message Boards -- gives fans ability to connect with our online Star Trek community.

* Exclusive TVLand.com interviews with Leonard Nimoy, George Takei and William Shatner.

Additionally, in mid-November, TVLand.com's broadband media player will run two original pieces including Dreaming of Star Trek, which looks at Star Trek's impact on scientists, writers, comedians and others as well as Star Trek at Christie's which will feature Star Trek props recently sold at the auction house.

Beginning Monday, November 13, TV Land will feature "Space Week" -- an on- air programming event featuring special space-themed episodes of TV Land shows as well as guest appearances by members of the Star Trek cast (before they were Trekkies). The week will feature William Shatner on Gunsmoke, Leonard Nimoy on Bonanza and space-themed episodes of I Love Lucy and Benson, among others. Then, on November 17th through 19th, viewers can enjoy marathons of the classic series with a total of 30 episodes in the event as well as the full-length feature film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

In the final culmination event, TVLand.com will host a live video chat on November 19 at 9pm ET reuniting cast members George Takei, Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols.

This futuristic series is set in the 23rd century and follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Their mission is to travel across the galaxy to explore new worlds and seek new life forms and civilizations. Commanded by James T. Kirk (William Shatner), accompanied by his first officer and best friend Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), a half-human/ half-Vulcan with pointed ears. The Enterprise encountered confrontations with such now-famous aliens the Klingons and the Romulans, as well as other strange forms of life. Other characters in the series include Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley), a surgeon and diagnostician; Sulu (George Takei), the chief navigator; Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), the communications officer; Scotty (James Doohan), the chief engineer and Nurse Christine Chapel (Majel Barrett). The series aired from 1966 to 1969 on NBC and spawned a billion dollar franchise and a loyal legion of fans, otherwise known as "Trekkies."

Now seen in over 87 million U.S. homes, TV Land's program mix features popular dramas, sitcoms, westerns, Retromercials and a TV-referential interstitial environment, all programmed with a specific audience in mind -- the first generation of Americans to grow up watching television and features all-time Classic hits like All in the Family, I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, and Bonanza.

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, mtvU, VHI, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, MTV INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 12 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

About Viacom

Viacom is a leading global entertainment content company, with prominent and respected brands in focused demographics. Offering programming and content for television, motion pictures and digital platforms, Viacom's world- class brands include MTV Networks (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, CMT: Country Music Television, Spike TV, TV Land, Logo and more than 130 networks around the world), BET Networks, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Entertainment, DreamWorks and Famous Music. More information about Viacom and its businesses is available at http://www.viacom.com.

SOURCE TV Land
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