This year marks the 55th anniversary of Star Trek as the Original Series premiered on September 8, 1966. And to acknowledge the anniversary, Deadline announced that The Nacelle Company, that is also behind the production of Gates McFadden’s upcoming new podcast, Who Do You Think You Are, is producing The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek, an eight-episode limited docuseries for the History Channel. And speaking of Gates McFadden, she’ll also be serving as one of the executive producers of the series.
The docuseries isn’t just a look back at Star Trek over the years as it will feature interviews with the cast, crew, and experts where new backstage stories will be told. Every aspect of Star Trek will be covered, including The Animated Series and Phase II, the unproduced series that would have picked up where the Original Series ended.
Nacelle Founder and CEO, Brian Volk-Weiss, created The Center Seat which he describes as “the ultimate deep dive into the world of Star Trek.” Fans of the long-running franchise will get behind-the-scenes looks at some of the important moments in the franchise’s history that will include the beginning to the most recent adaptations.
Volk-Weiss said it would be an understatement to describe The Center Seat as a passion project for him due to the impact Star Trek has had on his life.
"Star Trek, from before I was 10 years old, gave me the closest thing I have to a code to follow in my life. If it wasn’t for the words ‘I don’t believe in the no-win scenario,’ I’d be very alone, broke, and miserable in this world. So to say this is a passion project would be a tremendous understatement."
No exact publication date has been provided for the docuseries yet, but we’ll update as soon as we have more information.