Thursday, September 11, 2014

Paramount Television Service

In the late 1970's, Paramount Television was riding high. After buying Lucille Ball's Desilu Productions, the studio was producing a steady batch of television hits, but they were all for outside television networks. Studio staff thought that the time was right to try forming a network again. Enter PTS: Paramount Television Service.

PTS planned to use its biggest gun to launch the network- Star Trek II which would reunite the cast of the original series. In the years following its cancellation, Star Trek had become a cult hit. With the success of Star Wars, Paramount thought a network with Star Trek would be a slam dunk.

But then the higher ups got cold feet. PTS would never see the light of day and Star Trek II became Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Maybe the third attempt at a network would be successful?