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TNG Comes To WGN America + More Changes For Trek On Cable January 17, 2009

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Not everyone can afford to own DVD sets (especially for every series and every season), so cable reruns are where you can get your Trek fix. This winter season brings changes to Trek’s cable line-up with the big news being WGN America adding Star Trek The Next Generation. See below for a full breakdown of the Trek on cable schedule.

Changes for Trek on cable
There is a mix of good news and bad news when it comes to the state of Trek on cable TV. First the bad news. TV land has reduced airings of Star Trek The Original Series to just one episode a week. The Remastered version is still in broadcast syndication (check local listings), but the only ‘new’ episode will be the Remastered "The Cage" airing in May (and yes the TM review is coming). Spike pulled reruns of Deep Space Nine off its schedule in the Fall and it still hasn’t come back. Voyager also has been diminished on Spike to three episodes a week. In general the schedules for VOY and DS9 have been very volatile at Spike and it is always a good idea to check their schedule regularly. Enterprise continues to run on SciFi five nights a week and is back again at HD Net with two episodes every day except Sunday.

The biggest changes are with Star Trek The Next Generation. The show is still at SciFi, but is now reduced to just one episode a week. However, WGN America has picked up the show. Starting this week WGNA will be running a three-hour block every Tuesday night, plus additional episodes Wednesday in the early AM and Saturday at noon. In a statement, Tribune Broadcasting President  Ed Wilson said of the addition of TNG:

“Star Trek” The Next Generation has an extremely successful track record and has proven to be popular with all audiences. The addition of the Emmy-award winning series will anchor WGN America’s Tuesday night lineup, and we will continue to add compelling content to our schedule.

WGN has added a special Star Trek TNG page on their site, check it out.

Full breakdown of Trek on cable below, click channel links for more details.

Star Trek on Cable (US) – as of January 2009 (all times EST)

    Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
TOS TVLand             6a
TNG SciFi         7p    
WGNA   7,8&9p 1a     12p  
VOY Spike 3a 3a 3a        
ENT SciFi 5p 5p 5p 5p 5p    
HDNet 1&2p 1&2p 1&2p 1&2p 1&2p 1&2p  

all of the above is subject to change, always good to check your local listings

TOS Online
Although The Original Series is barely on cable, you can actually watch any episode you want any time you want for free, streaming online at (US Only). Some Remastered episodes are also available in HD.

MLK Day ENT Marathon on SciFi
This Monday (Martin Luther King Day), there will not be an episode of Enterprise on SciFi at the usual 5 PM, but there will be nine episodes of Enterprise, starting at 8:00 AM. Here is the full list.




1. #1 trekkie - January 17, 2009

well, at least they are still showing them on tv

2. SurfTheChannel - January 18, 2009

*cough* dont even think about Google’ing my name to find Trek episodes you can stream for free on the internet *cough*

3. Devon - January 18, 2009

Deep Space Nine was still running on Spike up until maybe about two weeks ago for what it is worth.

4. SChaos1701 - January 18, 2009

I know this really had nothing to do with the entry but there is all kinds of advertising on about the film.

5. Sean4000 - January 18, 2009

I love watching the Enterprise marathons on SciFi even though I have every season of all Trek on DVD; except TOS-R but I won’t be buying those.

6. Eli1477 - January 18, 2009

Spike was fantastic back in 2005-06, 2 DS9 episodes starting at 12 and then 3 TNG. Wasted so much time that year watching trek instead of writing papers at school, will have to buy the DVDs i guess.

7. Mister Bigggs - January 18, 2009

SEAN4000 – Same here. Watched the much longer ENT marathon last year on MLK holiday. Glad they’re at least doing something this year, even if it only goes thru 5pm. They went well into (and maybe beyond) prime time last year and I saw some episodes for the first time. That when I bought the ENT DVD set.

ENT is a product that has definitely gotten better with age. IMHO, many who initially bashed it, and are not watching it with fresher eyes (not coming right off of Voyager) are probably enjoying it in silence.

Mister Bigggs

8. TrekTwenty - January 18, 2009

this makes me sad… DS9 was my fave =(

9. DarthDogg - January 18, 2009

No DS9 and No Beer make Homer go SOMETHING, SOMTHING…

10. Mark - January 18, 2009

Every time I see a Trek on TV story, my heart jumps ahead of my brain for TNG HD… gotta learn to calm that feeling.

Own all the episodes anyway… :)

11. Ashley - January 18, 2009

CBS also made TOS available on a while ago…watched an episode earlier today ^_^

12. Chuck Foo - January 18, 2009

I’ve been wishing I could KILL whoever it is at Spike that keeps knocking Voy & DS9 around.

ENT has grown on me finally. I refused to watch it when it first aired.

13. Bruce_Wayne - January 18, 2009

wait…the remastered The Cage is available on season 3 remastered box set…I watched it the day I bought it…

14. Bruce_Wayne - January 18, 2009

Also, correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t TNG filmed on video??? Not film? So, wouldn’t Hi Def conversion be an impossibility? Right??

15. CaptNeo - January 18, 2009

nope it was shoot on film but edited on video. So they would have to redo all compositing effects and maybe cutting as well. That’s what they did for the last show of Enterprise.

16. Babel Girl - January 18, 2009

All I have is TNG and the movies! Maybe I’ll have to buy DS9?

and ENT ;)

17. montreal paul - January 18, 2009

they run all the series’ on SPACE in Canada everyday. That includes early morning, afternoon and evening. The only thing we don’t have airing here is the remastered version.

18. MH - January 18, 2009



19. Crewman Darnell - January 18, 2009


I’d enjoy seeing a remastered TNG. I’d bet it will happen eventually.

20. Crewman Darnell - January 18, 2009

As much as I enjoyed seeing Orian Slave Girls again, when it comes to “Enterprise,” IMHO there were only two episodes (guess which?) that caught my attention. Besides the omission of that Gods-awful, Michael Bolton-esque singing at the intro, the “Mirror Universe” characters were so much more interesting than their white-bread counterparts. I wish there could have been a continuation of that storyline.

21. The Original Animated Next Generation Deep Space Voyager Enterprise - January 18, 2009

“Not everyone can afford to own DVD sets (especially for every series and every season), so cable reruns are where you can get [your trek] fix.”

Hasn’t anybody on this site heard of torrent files? ;)

22. jeffery wright - January 18, 2009

yay for enterprise marathon!

i have all the dvd’s but somehow it seems more fun to watch a broadcast knowing other people are watching, too…

carpetner street was very good, but carbon creek was one of my fav’s, pure trek, surprised it didnt make it for the marathon…

23. jeffery wright - January 18, 2009

#14 tng was always shot on film, then converted to video, it wasnt until enterprise, i believe, that digital cameras finally matched film quality.

24. Blake Powers - January 18, 2009

Also, every episode of remastered TOS is on Netflix. (at least the first season)

25. Hector - January 18, 2009

Blake is right – Season 1 of TOS is on Netflix. I have one of those Blu Ray DVD players that also picks up Netflix. I was thrilled to see the remastered episodes and even more thrilled to discover they were in high definition! They look great on my big screen. Thank you Netflix – now, how about making season 2 and 3 available?

26. Brett Campbell - January 18, 2009

21 – I haven’t. But then I’m an aging poop and not very tech-savvy. What are they, please, if you don’t mind explaining (in lay person’s terms)?

27. c0mBaTkArL - January 18, 2009

You know, this no streaming outside US business from CBS (and many others) has put such a bur in my saddle I’ve decided not to purchase a single DVD until they allow the rest of the world to view these streams. I think that’s a fair response to being excluded from all the fun.

28. Stringfellow Hawke - January 18, 2009

We need more HD runs of the series(‘s?). :(

I do hope plans are in the pipe to hi-Def the other 3 series and bring them to cable, at the very least. As much as I love Enterprise (especially in HD), I can only watch each episode so many times.

29. Tuvokster1701 - January 18, 2009

The Enterprise episodes on HDNet rule!!!! They are uncut and look really awesome in Hi Def. A Must see in my humble opinion

30. Matt Wright - January 18, 2009

Ugh, my frikin’ cable system doesn’t have WGN :-(

31. SciFiMetalGirl - January 18, 2009

I recently found that I can watch ST:TOS Remastered in HD thru my Netflix/Roku setup! The episodes are instantly downloaded on demand, and look absolutely amazing! The difference from Standard Def on regular tv to HiDef is huge!

32. Mike Ten - January 18, 2009

No love for DS9, at least I have my DVD sets. We need a real Sci-Fi channel that airs old and new Sci-fi, the way Sci-Fi channel used to be years ago.

I remember watching old favorites like The Six Million Dollar Man and Lost in Space probably 10 or more years ago on Sci-Fi. Now they just repeat the same 5 or 6 shows over and over. Even show Sci-fi aired originally like Good vs. Evil or Farscape aren’t even around in repeats anymore.

What a waste.

33. Scott Gammans - January 18, 2009

#29: Here here! I am so glad that HDNet finally came to terms with CBS/Paramount and is rerunning “ST:E” in HD again. Stupid SciFi-HD channel edits the episodes AND doesn’t even bother showing them in high definition. I missed the post-Mirror fourth season episodes and I was really bummed at the prospect of not getting to see them in high def when HDNet suddenly stopped the reruns. Now they’re back–yippee!

34. Matt Wright - January 18, 2009

#32 — I agree. “Sci-Fi Channel” is a joke, it’s more like “cheaply made monster movie of the week channel” now. With some random real Sci-Fi shows peppered in there every long once in a while.
I’m increasingly annoyed and frustrated with the lack of Trek on cable TV in the US, if you go look at’s main page where they list where to watch Trek on TV internationally you’ll see that Canada, the UK, and Australia seem to still care about Trek and have all flavors on routinely. Though not listed I’d bet Germany shows Trek regularly as well.

35. TrekTwenty - January 18, 2009


Torrenting is a great (albeit moderately illegal) way to download and watch just about anything for free. I don’t want to come off as advocating illegal practices… but I’d recommend checking out the Wikipedia article on “Bittorrent” if you’re interested in it. Your hard drive space and I guess your conscience is really your only limit.

36. Unbel1ever - January 18, 2009

34. Matt Wright – January 18, 2009

“Though not listed I’d bet Germany shows Trek regularly as well.”

Sadly no. Star Trek only runs on – you guessed it – the SciFi Channel, which is pay tv.

37. oby - January 18, 2009

As part of honoring Dr. King’s birthday, perhaps should do a post on ST alums Brock Peters and William Windom, who both appeared in the classic, “To Kill A Mockingbird”.

38. Loran Alan Davis - January 18, 2009

Keep in mind that all of the Treks on cable in the U.S. are edited – TOS loses about 6-7 minutes, while the others lose about 2-3. Bummer.

39. Brett Campbell - January 18, 2009

37 – Great idea. One of the finest novels of the 20th Century — perhaps the finest American one — and one of our greatest films. Let’s hope they don’t green-light that one as a remake project.

40. Brett Campbell - January 18, 2009

26 – Thank you for the explanation and the caution about legality. I appreciate it! Have a good one!

41. Brett Campbell - January 18, 2009

Sorry, I meant #35. Thanks again.

42. Matt Wright - January 18, 2009

#36 — That’s too bad, when I visited southern Germany in the mid-90s I could find TOS and TNG daily.

43. Bruce_Wayne - January 18, 2009

I play the TOS remastered dvds on my Blu-Ray, so I THINK it bumps ’em up to 760p, it looks amazing…better than they look on broadcast syndication.

44. AdmNaismith - January 18, 2009

I was never able to watch DS9 in it’s initial airing in the 90s,so I was seriously getting into it when Spike first showed it about 4 1/2 years ago.
Then I went on my honeymoon and set two VCRs to record eps while a friend fed them tapes every week.
That’s when Spike suddenly changed their schedule and I ended up with hours and hours of COPS or some such sh*t.
(Sci-Fi managed to show B5 twice through in a year without missing an episode or changing the airtime- it was about the first and last time they managed something like that)
Spike motivated me to buy the DVD sets (of everything, eventually). We started with DS9, then moved through TAS, Voy, Ent, TOS, and movies I-V. Tonight we watch ST-VI and contemplate unwrapping TNG.
Even now I stop to watch different eps when they pop up on Sci-Fi, G4, and even Spike (though I vowed never to watch Spike again).
All I ask is to watch the shows I like at a consistent time, channel, & pace. Whether that turns out to be through my cable box or my DVD player, it doesn’t much matter.

45. Fleetlord - January 18, 2009

Spike’s 5 year exclusive airing contract is up this spring (2004-2009) that is one of the reasons (that and the CSI invasion, they recent ly got CSI:NY too) it has been pulled, I’m sure CBS is looking for a network to sell airing rights to )if they have not sold them already) .

Voyagers contract window on Spike will be over in 2011, however it does not mean that Spike can’t make a deal with another network to show it, this happened when Spike had the exclusive rights to TNG (2002 to 2007) and allowed G4 to show TNG in 2004.

The Scifi channel is probably the best bet for DS9 IMO. Sci-fi’s rights to Enterprise will probably run out in another year or so, So im sure they may want another exclusive Trek show to air. it is possible that TOS remastered may go to cable channel when the local syndication contracts start to run out (Im gueesing later this year sometime).

46. Fleetlord - January 18, 2009

Spike’s 5 year exclusive airing contract for DS9 (oops) ^^

47. DFG333 - January 18, 2009

I don’t have cable or sky or anything else. Just bog standard tv and don’t watch that hardly ever. Let me see the last thing I watched on that tv was the Dr Who Christmas Special.

Cough, cough you can watch a lot of things on the net.

48. COMMANDER KEEN - January 18, 2009

I want my DS9! For me, no problems as I was fortunate to get the series on DVD one Xmas. I still enjoy watching it on TV. I find the show only improved as the series progressed. After Season 6, TNG just lost something. Fewer memorable stories and more forgettable ones. Nonetheless, TNG is better than nothing.

49. Steve - January 18, 2009

No WGA America here. :(

50. Sid - January 18, 2009

I hated and ignored ENT while it was on, but now freely admit it’s my favorite Trek series, closely followed by TOS.

With the exception of a handful of notably awful episodes in the first two seasons, the show was brilliantly-done and a great old-school sci-fi show.

Wish it hadn’t been cancelled.

51. OM - January 18, 2009

…Of course, the real question is which show has more episodes shown per week: The combined Star Trek series, or M*A*S*H?

52. Sean4000 - January 18, 2009

#7, I think that might be true to an extent and I hope more people at least give it a second chance. But we cannot force it upon anyone, obviously.

I loved the show from “Broken Bow” to the bitter end. The Mirror Universe two parter is my favorite episode of the series and in my top 5 for all of TV Trek. It is also the reason I will not be buying TOS-R.

53. LoyalStarTrekFan - January 18, 2009

6, fortunately the Trek DVDs aren’t as expensive as they used to be but they are still more expensive when you compare them against season sets of other popular shows. I have all of Trek on DVD but I got them over a period of a few years.

51, probably M*A*S*H if you’re talking about reruns. That’s okay though since I like M*A*S*H and I don’t have it on DVD.

50, ENT would have finished it’s seventh, and keeping with Trek tradition, last season just this last year if it hadn’t been canceled. I loved ENT along with every other Trek series and I also wish it hadn’t been canceled. It has a lot of unrealized potential and is the most underrated Trek show in history. In fact my screen name “LoyalStarTrekFan” comes from my annoyance with Trek fans who could do nothing but criticize and who I feel, in part, severely damaged the franchise. There were other factors of course, but the constant bitter statements about ENT when it was on air didn’t help matters.

54. LoyalStarTrekFan - January 18, 2009

Nice to see TNG, my favorite Trek show, back is syndication on WGN.

55. JP Saylor - January 18, 2009

wtf? No DS9?


56. Steve - January 19, 2009

We just need to make a Star Trek channel, and put all the series on it.

57. Closettrekker - January 19, 2009

#56—-I’d watch.

Even though I have all of my favorite Star Trek (TOS, original films, TAS, ENT, collective sets) on dvd, it would be nice to watch some of the Trek in which I have a lesser interest whenever I get the urge, without the necessity of investing money in expensive box sets.

This channel could show documentaries, interviews, have fan convention coverage, contests, etc., as well as air the ten movies and 5 television series and animated episodes. It would also open up a venue for “made for tv movie” Trek—perhaps even an original series made for the Star Trek channel!

Oh well, a fan can dream…

58. Karewem Owete - January 19, 2009

Not only did Spike pull DS9, they also yanked 7 Days, a highly underappreciated series. While I agree it oozed machismo at every turn during the final season and was made on a shoestring budget, it had a great concept at its root.

And being a nighthawk by nature, I miss DS9, the best of the Treks.

59. Spockish - January 22, 2009

Who hear would not set their TV tuners to the Star Trek channel, as Voyager started back in 1995 I pointed out that the UPN could use Trek shows instead of Infomercials late at night, back When StarTrek[dot]com was a Paramount honored site. The feedback I got said impossible unless CBS could get their greedy share.

The odd thing is I recall seeing Star Trek on NBC back in the 1960’s, and I have many fan created Fan episodes that also need to be shown on the Trek channel.

But since Brick & Mortar TV stations are costly, how about the “WWW.Trek.TV” that could be for Broadband connections, and DVD (like NetFlixs) for modem people.

So CBS thinks they would want their profit share, make the rental fees on the medium items, not on the Copyrighted script/show content.

In the worst case could start the Broadband Trek Channel. since they are closed to Web neighborhood than me as a fan will ever be.

60. Bill - January 22, 2009

Yes, HDNet isn’t available in my area. I so wish SciFiHD would actually show Enterprise in HD.

61. The Vulcanista }:-| - January 22, 2009

Ahh, yes, it’s good to see Enterprise getting the love it deserves, especially for those whom resistance was adamant!

Fav eps: Carbon Creek, In a Mirror Darkly In& II, anything from the last half of season 3 into all of season 4!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
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