15. “I love Lucy”…and you should too
Getting Star Trek made was always an uphill battle. Star Trek was never a particularly popular show (back when it originally aired) as apparent in its fairly low ratings. Gene Roddenberry had to fight to get it made in the first place, and his combative nature didn’t sit well with the network executives.
For those reasons and a plethora of others, NBC was all but ready to pull the plug after the first season. The only reason it managed to last another two? Because of the last minute intervention of actress Lucille Ball, the star of the network’s popular show “I Love Lucy”.
Lucille Ball was the head of Desilu Productions, the parent company of the studio that produced Star Trek. She thought the show had great potential, financially and otherwise, and got it saved…the first time. Eventually, the show got cancelled after three seasons and 79 episodes. But thanks to re-runs of those episodes, Star Trek fans steadily grew.
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