After being recently pulled from both the Spike TV and G4 schedules, reruns of the Star Trek The Next Generation were off the air for the first time in years, but that is about to change. The SCI FI Channel, which currently airs Star Trek Enterprise, is now the new cable home for Star Trek: The Next Generation . TNG is as part of a newly announced package deal between SCI FI and CBS, but is the only Trek series named.
SCI FI is the third cable home for TNG, after Spike (previously TNN) and G4. Although this is the first time TNG will be on SCI FI, it is not the first Trek on the channel. SCI FI aired Star Trek The Original Series and Star Trek The Animated Series until 2004. SCI FI began airing airing Star Trek: Enterprise in January of this year. TNG is part of a new larger package deal between CBS and SCI FI, that’s headlined by the third year CBS drama "Ghost Whisperer". Other properties named in the deal are "Charmed" and "Highlander".
No word yet on when TNG will begin to air or at what times.
UPDATE: SCI FI have updated their schedule. 4 episodes of TNG will begin airing each Monday at 7pm starting June 2nd (Enterprise currently airs in that slot and will begin airing 3 episodes starting at 7pm on June 3rd)
More on the CBS/Sci-Fi Channel deal at Variety.
The new Trek cable landscape
In addition to dropping TNG, G4 has also ceased airing Star Trek: The Original Series, but TOS still plays on TV Land. Star Trek Voyager is still going on Spike, with two episodes each day. However, Spike recently replaced its three weekly airings Deep Space Nine episodes with repeats of Voyager episodes aired the previous night. It isn’t clear if DS9 will return to the schedule or it it is gone entirely from cable reruns. See the table below for more details of Trek on cable.
Star Trek on Cable (US/Canada)
|DS9||Spike?||none currently scheduled|
|VOY||Spike||9am, 4pm, 5pm||2am, 9am, 4pm, 5pm||9am, 4pm, 5pm|
|HDNet||1pm & 9pm||12am, 3am & 1pm||1pm|
* Starting June 2nd, TNG replaces ENT on Mondays and ENT moves to Tuesdays
all of the above is subject to change, always good to check your local listings