After 16 years of absence from broadcast syndication the original "Star Trek" is back for a 40th Anniversary celebration. The story we first reported on here has been confirmed. Just for the occasion the show will be getting a serious makeover on all 79 original episodes. The message came from John Nogawski, president of CBS Paramount Domestic Television, that the makeover will include all new special effects and music. He also says that, "by giving the series a digital upgrade using the best technology available today, it will continue to be a leader in cutting-edge television programming as we introduce the series to a new generation of viewers." What sounds like a double dip into the next generation (boldly going where no episodes have gone before), the move will certainly satisfy the appetites of the "OT's" (Original Trekkies).

CBS Paramount Domestic Television will be releasing the digitally remastered episodes starting September 16th on more than 200 stations. Among the upgrades that will be made, many of the special effects from the 60's will be redone with CGI. Such improvements are the Enterprise exterior views, galaxy shots as seen through windows on the bridge, exterior battle scenes, exteriors of ships from other cultures, as well as the background scenes on the planets to add atmosphere and lighting.

The opening for the show will also be transformed by adding visual dimension through CGI and increasing the quality of the sound for the opening theme. Even the original score has been re-recorded and Shatner's monologue digitally remastered. Once complete the episodes will also be transferred to a Hi-Def format and as stations upgrade an HD signal will already be available. Over time all 79 episodes will be reworked but for now the first set of shows will be chosen from a list of fan favorites. While it's…not confirmed if KIRK…will talk the same way, it is true that everything behind him (and the rest of the cast) will now look different.

Our friends over at the TrekMovie.com have scored test footage illustrating exactly what kind of changes you can expect. See that, and their interview with the FX team that may be doing the work by clicking here.

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