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)
all of the above is subject to change, always good to check your local listings
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 CBS.com (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.
8:00 AM CARPENTER STREET
09:00 AM CHOSEN REALM
10:00 AM PROVING GROUND
11:00 AM STRATAGEM
12:00 PM HARBINGER
01:00 PM DOCTOR’S ORDERS
02:00 PM HATCHERY
03:00 PM AZATI PRIME
04:00 PM DAMAGE