I'm not sure if there's been a discussion of this previously -- but another discussion brought me across this quite fascinating piece on Television Obscurities which has some claims I hadn't heard before. Among them: - The popular legend that the fan letter-writing campaign led to a third season may not be entirely accurate, since NBC claimed never to have been contemplating cancellation at that point. - Demographics were part of the network decision-making process about ratings in the year the show was finally cancelled, contrary to a story I've frequently heard about the network's marketing team marching angrily into the office of the Head Poobah after the cancellation and telling him he'd forgotten about demographics. - I smiled to see this New York Times review of Star Trek's opening episode: How do you like that? The common complaint about TNG made its first appearance in the first reviews of the original series. There is truly nothing new under the sun. Anyway, I figure if there's anywhere I could find people up for picking apart and disputing any of what appears in that article, it would be here. Or, if people just find it an interesting read, that's fine too.