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Early Gene Roddenberry Series ‘The Lieutenant’ to Air on getTV

Drama Originally Aired on NBC in the 1963-64 TV Season

Prior to “Star Trek,” Gene Roddenberry created a military-themed drama called “The Lieutenant,” which aired on NBC in the 1963-64 season (opposite variety hours “Hootenanny” on ABC and “The Jackie Gleason Show” on CBS). It starred Gary Lockwood as USMC Second Lieutenant William Rice, and Robert Vaughn as Rice’s company commander Captain Raymond Rambridge, who find trouble and corruption festering among fellow soldiers and superiors, alike, at fictional Camp Pendleton. And it will be presented on nostalgia network getTV every Wednesday in April at 8 p.m. ET. Four episodes will air each Wednesday.

One episode of “The Lieutenant,” in particular, which featured Dennis Hopper and Nichelle Nichols (and was titled “To Set it Right”) was what inspired Roddenberry in his future work.

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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