On This Day … 24 October

People (Deaths) 1991 – Gene Roddenberry, American captain, screenwriter, and producer, created Star Trek (b. 1921). Gene Roddenberry Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (19 August 1921 to 24 October 1991) was an American television screenwriter, producer and creator of Star Trek: The Original Series, and its sequel spin-off series Star Trek: The Animated Series and Star Trek:… Read More

On This Day … 08 September

Events 1966 – The landmark American science fiction television series Star Trek premieres with its first-aired episode, “The Man Trap“. Star Trek Star Trek is an American science-fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of Star Trek:… Read More

What is an Anthology Series?

Introduction An anthology series is a radio, television, or film series that spans through different genres, and presents a different story and a different set of characters in each episode, season, segment or short. These usually have a different cast in each episode, but several series in the past, such as Four Star Playhouse, employed… Read More

What is a Miniseries?

Introduction A miniseries (or mini-series) is a television show that tells a story in a predetermined, limited number of episodes. The term “serial” and/or “series” is used in the United Kingdom and in other Commonwealth nations, though its meaning does not necessarily equate to “miniseries” in its usage. Refer to Limited Series and Anthology Series.… Read More

What is a Showrunner?

Introduction A showrunner is the leading producer of a television series. In the United States they are credited as an executive producer and in other countries, such as Canada or Britain, simply as a producer. A showrunner has creative and management responsibility of a television series’ production through combining the responsibilities of employer and, in… Read More