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Space the final frontier these words could not be more true about television in the nineteen sixties Television sets were lit up by such old western shows like Gunsmoke Bonanza and The Long Ranger However all this changed when a man named Gene Roddenberry first pitched the idea of Star Trek to MGM The idea was so radical that he was shunned by the network executives They told him that a television series based in space would never really be popular Time would prove them to be very wrong Producers did not have an idea of what to think about the pitch for the show Roddenberry had perfected it into a producers dream It was a cost-effectivebright new idea for a series However that is what scared MGM producers who backed away for fear that producing a weekly hour long science fiction series would prove so prohibitively expensive that even if it were to become a runaway hit the profit potential would be hazy Star Trek Memories His idea was so new and innovative among his contemporaries that CBS studios called him in for a presentation that turned into a hours long interrogation about the series that ended with them telling him they wouldnt pick up Star Trek they were making their own science fiction seriesStar Trek Memories They invited him in to pick his brain to make their own show better Eventually though Roddenberry did get his idea accepted by Desilu and the show got its start One of the first things that he did with his television series was begin casting the crew for his futuristic space vessel The Enterprise His idea for the crew were truly liberal in the time he lived in In The Pilot the first televised Star Trek special ever the first officer was a strong female character There was also another woman on the cast one who would according to Roddenberrys notes be Stripper like in
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