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Old February 28 2013, 04:07 AM   #13
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Re: Enterprise: Exec wanted "Top Bands" on the show

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There's a difference between a new approach, and turning your show into a vehicle for commercialism. For example. VOY's "Tsunkatse" was nothing more than an hour long infomercial for the WWE.
Well, such things aren't unprecedented. The first-draft script to TOS's "Assignment: Earth," in which the Enterprise has gone back in time to 1968 to conduct historical research, opens with a scene of the bridge crew raptly watching an episode of Bonanza on the main viewscreen. We almost had a Star Trek episode whose teaser was a blatant cross-promotion with another NBC show. (In fact, given how abruptly the teaser begins, I wonder if maybe the scene was actually shot and then wisely cut out, perhaps when they realized it would have to be cut in syndication anyway due to licensing issues.)
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