TV News: Trek, Alphas, Anarchy, Archer

Star Trek: The Next Generation
They did it for the original series, now Paramount & CBS look to be having a go at a high-def restoration of select episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” for a Blu-ray sampler release.

The Digital Bits indicates that episodes being included are the double-length “Encounter at Farpoint” pilot, the much acclaimed fifth season episode “The Inner Light” and the Worf-centric “Sins of the Father”. No date is set as yet but it’s likely to be near Christmas – a German site has indicated a mid-December release in that country.

While the HD update of the original series was an undertaking, Next Gen’s restorations require a much more exhaustive overhaul. Though shot on 35mm film, episodes were converted to 480i video for editing and post production – including visual effects.

Neither Paramount or CBS are confirming the news at this time, though series actor Levar Burton revealed on Twitter last week that he had visited CBS “to see how the TNG conversion to HD for Blue Ray was coming along… #mindblown”.

Syfy has renewed its freshman drama “Alphas” for a second season.

The show follows a group of ordinary people whose unique neurological condition equips them with extraordinary physical abilities. [Source: EW]

Sons of Anarchy
Fans of the FX drama “Sons of Anarchy” gave the show its highest ratings ever with 4.9 million total viewers and 3.2 million adults in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic tuning in for the fourth season premiere.

That figure is up more than 19% in total viewers and 17% in the key demo over last season’s premiere. FX expects that when the final numbers are in, it will be the most watched original series episode in the cable channel’s history. [Source: NY Times]

The best animated series on television right now, “Archer” returns for a special airing of three all new episodes on September 15th.