We have news of yet another sign that Trek is returning to the heydays of the franchise. Trekkies who were fans in the 1990s might remember the QVC (home shopping channel) Star Trek shows which were a sure sign of the popularity of the franchise. Today, TrekMovie confirms that there will be a Star Trek QVC hour with products from Dynamic Forces this May 17th/18th, the first in almost 12 years.
Star Trek Sunday Night on QVC
"The Star Trek Universe" show is scheduled for Sunday May 17th 10PM Pacific (Monday 1AM Eastern). The hour will be filled with unique licensed Star Trek collectibles to purchase, brought to QVC by Dynamic Forces, a comic book and collectibles company. Items will include limited edition comic books and trading cards from TOS and TNG. QVC items from the new Star Trek movie include lithographs and a Giclee print signed by Simon Pegg. QVC also will be selling a signed a special Collector’s Lobby Card from the new film. There will be signed editions of the Star Trek Countdown prequel comic book and many other items.
QVC describes the show:
Live long and prosper as we present an out-of-this-world selection of officially licensed Star Trek merchandise. From trading cards and comic books to videos of the television series to collectible replicas of your favorite icons, QVC® goes boldly where no man has gone before with the unique memorabilia you’ll find during Star Trek Universe.
Promo image for QVC Trek show
Star Trek & QVC: A Little History
It is great that QVC is calling the show "The Star Trek Universe" as that was its name during the 1990s. The 1990s shows are gems as they used to feature Star Trek celebrities being interviewed in between the selling of items. The shows were known as "conventions on the television." The discussions between the QVC hosts (who were fans themselves) and the celebrities were often fascinating and were two or three hours long. For example, Ricardo Montalban was a guest on February 18, 1992 and not only was he incredibly classy, he shared anecdotes and experiences that were never heard before. QVC had more than 50 of these "Star Trek Universe Shows" between 1991 and 1996 and they are one of the best sources for Star Trek behind the scenes information ever gathered. Star Trek celebrities that are no longer with us yet were interviewed for hours on QVC during these shows as guests include Mark Lenard, Michael Piller, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, James Doohan, Robert Justman, and DeForest
Kelley. Michael Piller, for example, appeared the weekend before DS9’s premiere, offering a first look at the show and discussing incredible details about how it was made. Celebrities from William Shatner to Marina Sirtis appeared on episodes.
Marina Sirtis on QVC
The QVC shows were popular and profitable for everyone involved. Fans loved the show because there were both great interviews (unlike most talk shows, these were hour long and fans could "fax" (remember that?) in questions or talk on the phone with the celebrities) and featured unique memorabilia including signed plaques and special editions of games or merchandise. QVC liked it because often the merchandise sold out in minutes. In fact, the very first show featured James Doohan and they had to end the show early because every item sold out.
Limited Edition Card from QVC during the 1990s
While the new QVC show won’t feature any celebrities from the shows or movies, it is hopefully a good start. QVC does have, for example, regular NASCAR shows that are quite similar to the old Star Trek shows (two hours, with celebrities). Perhaps if this QVC show is successful, there may be more, and a return to the old format with Dynamic Forces continuing to bring in amazing items. There are always possibilities!