As befitting a television series that has remained relevant for over 50 years, Star Trek is set to receive one of the highest honors in television this year. The long running franchise, which was originally created by the late Gene Roddenberry, will be awarded the 2018 Governors Award from the Television Academy as part of this year’s Emmy Awards celebration. Fans of the Star Trek Universe are thrilled with the announcement as it was chosen for its contributions to art and society during its more than 50-year history. Governor’s Award Chairman Mark Spatny explained why he believed the long running franchise was selected.
“Star Trek is the first television program I can remember watching as a child, and has always been ahead of its time. Not only have all the franchises promoted inclusiveness and acceptance of all people, and inspired creative thought about space exploration and our future, but the technical innovations sparked by the franchise are incredibly significant to the evolution of television production, and also to the communication and computer tools we use in our daily life. We are honored to present this award to a franchise that has made such a lasting contribution to both television and our society.”
“For over 50 years, Star Trek has captivated and connected fans from around the world. What the series always brilliantly illustrated is that, despite our greatest differences, we as people are more alike than we realize, and coming together in hopes of a better tomorrow is not just a possibility, but a necessity. The impact of Star Trek is far-reaching, and has inspired not only countless individuals, but great advancements in technology, science, health care, space exploration and more. We are so grateful to the brilliant minds and talented individuals, both in front of and behind the camera, who boldly tell stories that stand the test of time. Thank you to the Television Academy for honoring the historic Star Trek legacy and to everyone who has contributed to its success.”
History of the Govenor’s Award: “The Governors Award was first handed out in 1978 and is decided on by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Science. The award honors “an individual or organizational achievement in the television arts and sciences that is exceptional and universal in nature and goes beyond the scope of annual Emmy Awards recognition.”
As a long time Star Trek fan going back to Roddenberry’s original in the 60’s, I am delighted the series has been recognized for the inspiration it has provided to so many people over the last 50 years. How many people have went into science, medical, or engineering careers all because they were big fans of the Star Trek franchises in their youth. Give us your thoughts on this honor for Gene Roddenberry’s creation at GVNation.
Senior Writer at GeekVibesNation – I am a 50 something child of the 70’s who admits to being a Star Trek/Star Wars/Comic Book junkie who once dove head first over a cliff (Ok, it was a small hill) to try to rescue his Fantastic Four comic from a watery grave. I am married to a lovely woman who is as crazy as I am and the proud parent of a 17 year old boy with autism. My wife and son are my real heroes.