Clearly William Shatner was still willing to do TV as was evidenced by TJ Hooker
but I wonder what his per episode salary for that series and if Phase II
could've offered something similar?
I purchased the book published about Phase II
in 1997 and, IIRC, they had to prepare for the possibility that William Shatner might not have stuck around. If Phase II
went forward, it could've just as easily have eventually become about Decker and Xon.
I'm a bit surprised that more of the Phase II
scripts weren't recycled for TNG's second season to give them even more of a head start. At the very least, using one more Phase II
script at the beginning would've done away with the need for having a clip show like "Shades of Gray" at the end.