2ORIGINAL FANS WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH TNG
In 1967, it was fan devotion that got the original Star Trek renewed for a second season. NBC was set to cancel the series due to flagging ratings, but fans embarked upon a massive letter writing campaign and got the series renewed for a second season. It was those same
fans that made series incredibly popular in syndication (at one point, Star Trek reruns were beating out the evening news in most markets), which, in turn, allowed the first movies to get made.
So, you can imagine their disappointment when they finally got another shot at a television series... only to have it star none of their beloved original cast. Fans wrote letters, protested in front of Paramount Studios, and in general swore they'd have nothing to do with the new series. It's a routine that's become pretty familiar (see: Star Trek: Discovery, Klingons).