via press release:
THE REAL STORY: STAR TREK
Premieres Sunday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
With 12 films and multiple television series in its 30-year history, “Star Trek” is one of the most successful franchises in film history. THE REAL STORY investigates the life of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry and reveals actual scientific advances that inspired the series or were inspired by its fiction. Featuring interviews with actor Leonard Nimoy (“Mr. Spock”); the producer of the “Star Trek” TV series; Roddenberry’s son, Rod; and original members of the Star Trek fan club, the program charts Roddenberry’s meteoric rise to fame and extreme tactics to keep his series on the air. THE REAL STORY also investigates how Star Trek inspired the scientific world and NASA scientists–from the concept of antimatter in experiments at CERN in Switzerland to the development of the first scientific principles of teleportation, to the replication of human organs by 3D printers and the creation of artificially intelligent androids.
Epic sci-fi space exploration, cutting-edge cyber-crimes, heart-pounding warfare, thrilling historical mysteries and a shocking serial killing spree combine in a documentary series to reveal some of the real-life events that have inspired Hollywood’s most famous blockbusters. Separating fact from fiction and real life from reel life, the Smithsonian Channel original series THE REAL STORY launches its fifth season on Sunday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The new season kicks off with an exploration of the “Star Trek” film and TV franchise, with “Star Trek into Darkness” currently on broad release. It follows with the true stories behind box office hits “Live Free or Die Hard,” “Platoon,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “Scream.”
REAL-LIFE EVENTS BEHIND STAR TREK:
• In-depth interviews with Gene Roddenberry’s son – about his dad’s personality, career, and artistic vision. This includes his transition from an LA cop to a TV writer, their relationship, and how Gene’s stubbornness aided in the cancellation of the TV series.
• Leonard Nimoy discusses his experience on the TV series and why the Mr. Spock character had to be altered.
• The multicultural diversity of the original TV series cast, which helped change the face of television.
• How Star Trek rose from the ashes of a ratings-challenged TV series into the national phenomenon it is known as today.
MODERN-DAY IMPACT INSPIRED BY STAR TREK:
Roddenberry’s legendary science fiction, which featured androids with artificial intelligence, had inspired scientific innovation!
• Scientist Bruce Duncan is at work on a life-like android with face recognition and conversation abilities.
• Other projects in development in the U.S. include a computer that can read your mind by zeroing in on visual patterns created between your eyes and your brain, and synthetic body parts that can be made from a 3D printer using human cells instead of ink
• While transporting humans a la “Beam Me Up Scotty” is a far way off, theoretical physicists have made a breakthrough in transporting a singular atom from one space to another by copying and pasting its complete DNA code
FEATURED IN EPISODE:
• Rod Roddenberry (son of Gene Roddenberry)
• Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock)
• Herb Solow (producer of the Star Trek TV series)
• Bjo Trimble (‘Save Star Trek’ campaigner; credited to helping keep Star Trek on-air)
• Lynn McCane (NYS Department of Health Lab, Albany; working on computer that reads your mind)
• Bruce Duncan (from Terasem Foundation; working on life-like android)
• Dr. Anthony Atala (Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine; working on 3D printer for body parts)
• University of Maryland (working on human transportation device)
ABOUT SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL
Smithsonian Channel is owned by Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution. Its programs are largely inspired by the assets of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex. Smithsonian Channel features award-winning original documentaries, series, and groundbreaking programs highlighting America’s historical, cultural and scientific heritage. Smithsonian Channel brings the American experience home in high definition and Dolby Digital 5.1 and is available to customers of DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Cablevision, Verizon, AT&T, and more. Learn more at http://www.smithsonianchannel.com <http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/> .