Herb Solow poses next to Leonard Nimoy at a holiday party for Star Trek's cast and crew.
As the Executive in Charge of Production for Desilu during the first and second seasons of Star Trek, Herb Solow was responsible for the development, sales and production of the series along with Mission Impossible and Mannix. After pitching the show to CBS (who rejected it for the sake of Lost In Space,) Solow successfully sold the series to NBC. However, nobody had bothered to tell the studio’s owner, Lucille Ball, what the show was about.
In an interview, Solow revealed that it she thought Star Trek was going to be a show about USO performers trekking across the globe, entertaining America’s troops and sailors. When Solow corrected her in a board meeting, everyone realized that she’d green-lit the purchase and production of the show without ever having read any of the pitch documents — she just trusted her team that much!
Thankfully, Solow was able to handle the debacle and Star Trek continued production.