Space (and awards)... the final frontier.
Created in 1978, the award, the Academy says, "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." Think of it as the TV equivalent of a Lifetime Achievement Award.
"Star Trek is the first television program I can remember watching as a child, and has always been ahead of its time," said Governors Award Committee chair Mark Spatny in a statement. "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."
The series, created by Gene Rodenberry, was considered to be ahead of its time, exploring important social issues through the context of science fiction and even featuring the first biracial kiss on television, between Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). With enduring characters, concepts, and themes, Star Trek has spawned a multimedia franchise that shows no signs of slowing down.
The prize will be bestowed upon CBS Television Studios, Star Trek's home network, at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. 8.