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Old June 7 2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Does Anybody Know Why?

Does Anybody know why "STAR TREK THE ANIMATED SERIES" ONLY HAD 6 EPISODES IN Season 2?
Please Advise?
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Old June 7 2013, 04:48 PM   #2
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Because it was cancelled?
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Old June 7 2013, 06:09 PM   #3
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Probably the same reason I only watched it once and never really felt compelled to revisit it. It just didn't entertain me all that much.
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Old June 7 2013, 06:39 PM   #4
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From what little info I could find, after the original contract for TAS ran out, NBC only ordered six more episodes.
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Old June 7 2013, 06:53 PM   #5
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Kids watching Saturday morning cartoons were not considered a very discriminating audience. Short seasons, frequent repeats and re-bundling old product were pretty common for that segment of TV.
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Old June 8 2013, 01:45 AM   #6
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I recall a newspaper article contemporary with the cancellation. It said NBC simply found that kids were willing to watch the same few ST cartoon eps over and over (and I sure was at age 11-12), so there was no need to spend money on new ones.

It's ironic (if it's true) that audience loyalty would kill the show, but in those days the market was different. Later animated shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy were kept alive by loyal audiences because new episodes keep interest up, and thus the merchandising gravy train keeps flowing. They have T-shirts, DVDs, endless stuff for sale. ST TAS had almost no such secondary markets to incentivize the studio.
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Old June 8 2013, 01:56 AM   #7
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Third Nacelle wrote: View Post
From what little info I could find, after the original contract for TAS ran out, NBC only ordered six more episodes.
I thought the animated was very good, and some episodes had some good stories too.
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Old June 8 2013, 03:51 AM   #8
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J.T.B. wrote: View Post
Kids watching Saturday morning cartoons were not considered a very discriminating audience. Short seasons, frequent repeats and re-bundling old product were pretty common for that segment of TV.
And, it's far from uncommon. Twenty years later Batman: The Animated series did the same thing. Also, although I don't know this for a fact, I think it's sister shows, Superman and Justice League did this too.
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Old June 8 2013, 12:00 PM   #9
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Kids watching Saturday morning cartoons were not considered a very discriminating audience. Short seasons, frequent repeats and re-bundling old product were pretty common for that segment of TV.
And, it's far from uncommon. Twenty years later Batman: The Animated series did the same thing. Also, although I don't know this for a fact, I think it's sister shows, Superman and Justice League did this too.
They were all Warner Bros. productions, and the WB tends to get a lot of mileage out of their animated shows, even putting them into syndication.

Most old cartoons are still available through syndication--including Star Trek TAS--for any TV network or local channel that wants them.
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Old June 8 2013, 07:59 PM   #10
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I believe that this was standard procedure for cartoons and other child-oriented programming: do a few new shows each season to pad out the reruns.

Rather like they do with prime-time series nowadays!
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Old June 8 2013, 09:26 PM   #11
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This was common for animated Saturday morning shows in the '70s. A number of other Filmation shows only had one season that kept getting rerun for years. I grew up seeing the same episodes over and over and finding it normal.
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Old June 8 2013, 09:39 PM   #12
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This was common for animated Saturday morning shows in the '70s. A number of other Filmation shows only had one season that kept getting rerun for years. I grew up seeing the same episodes over and over and finding it normal.
Me too. And it never got old. I watched the same cartoons over and over, but if I got distracted by something else, well, there you go. Kids are kids.

I was 13-14 when TAS aired. I'd try to watch when I could, even if it were a rerun. In those days there was only one TV in the house, and the younger sibs often beat me to it and watched whatever it was they liked.

If I didn't like what was on, I had to find something else to do. Read, go outside, ride my bike, whatever. There was no internet, no gaming consoles, nothing. We literally had to think outside the box.

But in the 22 episodes of animated Trek, I still wonder why there was no episode number 12?
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Old June 8 2013, 10:00 PM   #13
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^I didn't know what you meant there, but I checked the episode list on Memory Alpha, and indeed, the production numbers jump from 22011 to 22013. I suppose they had an episode #22012 in development but it was abandoned for some reason. Sometimes that happens -- a script in development just can't be made to work.
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Old June 9 2013, 12:36 AM   #14
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It used to be that most Saturday morning cartoons were produced in a full order of 16-17 episodes for the first season, and it was not uncommon for subsequent seconds (which were rare) to be a half order of 6-8.
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Old June 9 2013, 01:47 AM   #15
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Christopher wrote: View Post
I didn't know what you meant there, but I checked the episode list on Memory Alpha, and indeed, the production numbers jump from 22011 to 22013. I suppose they had an episode #22012 in development but it was abandoned for some reason. Sometimes that happens -- a script in development just can't be made to work.
Gasp! What if the episode was produced, but never aired due to suspicious reasons and lost forever? What was in that episode? What are they trying to hide from us?! False flag, JFK, Masons, et cetera!
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