TNG’s Riker, Jonathan Frakes is one of the Star Trek actors who got on the job training as a director during his time with Trek, which led to him directing two Trek feature films. Frakes continues to direct for film and TV, and now comes news that he will once again be directing aliens. Frakes is slated to direct an upcoming episode of the ABC sci-fi remake V. More info below, plus more on what The Beard has been doing lately.
Frakes directing V
According to Spoiler TV, Frakes is directing episode 6 for V, which went into production today. The episode will be the first appearance of the character John May, who is the leader of the “5th column” of V aliens. TV Guide reports that Battlestar Galactica’s Michael Trucco has been cast as May. The episode is slated to air April 6th according to IMDB. The episode is being written by V co-executive producer Charles Murray and Natalie Chaidez, a former exec producer on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, who recently joined V.
Frakes keeping busy + podcast interview
Jonathan has been keeping busy, mostly as a TV director. In the last year he has directed episodes for Leverage, Castle, and Dollhouse . His most recently aired work was "LD50", an episode of the new CBS show NCIS: Los Angeles which aired February 2nd.
Frakes also directed two episodes of the upcoming mysterious NBC series Persons Unknown. No date yet on when those episodes will air, but you can watch the trailer at personsunknown.com
But he has also kept his hand in at acting. Frakes appeared as a bad guy doctor in the Criminal Minds episode "The Uncanny Valley", which aired in January. Here is a clip from that.
Late last year Jonathan was the guest on the NDB Media Podcast, hosted by Roger Noriega. On the show he talks about his recent career, but also a lot about his directing work on Star Trek, comparing TNG, to DS9 to VOY and more. You can listen to that below.