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'STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION,' 'STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE' AND 'THE UNTOUCHABLES' RENEWED FOR 1993-94 TELEVISION SEASON

 HOLLYWOOD, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The three top-rated first-run syndicated drama series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "The Untouchables" have been renewed for the 1993-1994 television season, it was announced today by Kerry McCluggage, chairman of the Paramount Television Group.
 In making the announcement, McCluggage stated, "We are extremely proud of these three series. They have all struck a chord with millions of viewers and are poised for continued growth next year. We are grateful to our `network' of stations for their strong promotional support and to our producers for delivering high-quality entertainment."
 "The Untouchables," under Executive Producer Christopher Crowe, is the third highest rated one-hour syndicated series, beaten only by the "Star Trek" series. It has enjoyed ratings supremacy after only four months; its season-to-date average is a 7.1 NTI(a), beating such competition as "Kung Fu," "Time Trax," "Baywatch" and "Highlander." William Forsythe, Tom Amandes, John Rhys-Davies, Paul Regina, David James Elliott, John Haymes Newton, Nancy Everhard and Hynden Walch star.
 "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," whose premiere episode in January 1993 garnered the highest rating ever for the first episode of a syndicated series, has become an immediate hit. Its season-to-date average is a 13.1 NTI(a). After only four months on the air, it already ranks as the second most-watched drama series in syndication. The total weekly viewership of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" ranks it higher than such popular network series as "L.A. Law," "Married ... With Children," "In the Heat of the Night" and "Martin." Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Terry Farrell, Colm Meaney, Armin Shimerman, Nana Visitor, Siddig El Faddil and Cirroc Lofton star in the series, which is created and executive produced by Rick Berman and Michael Piller.
 "Star Trek: The Next Generation," which has received numerous Emmy Awards and is often cited as television's best drama series, is the highest-rated in first-run syndication, with a 13.4 NTI(a) rating to-date. It will enter its seventh season, having premiered in September of 1987. Under Executive Producers Berman and Piller, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" stars Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn and Whoopi Goldberg as a recurring special guest star.
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 /CONTACT: John A. Wentworth, VP, advertising/publicity/ promotions of the Network Television Division of Paramount Pictures, 213-956-5394/


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